During critical times it is essential that accurate, timely and relevant information is available to support decision making. At a regional and national level, the value of information and its impact on the speed and co-ordination of a response is beyond doubt.

Emergency services including police, fire and ambulance, have a local, regional and national responsibility to respond to a diverse range of crises and emergencies. We are now seeing that most major incidents require the presence of more than one emergency response team. This multi-team response ensures that key skills and services are brought together to help to face and quickly deal with the effects of any incident.

Operational and cost efficiencies, as well as technological disruption, are driving increased collaboration around the world. Close working between different emergency services is increasing and is destined to become even more commonplace in the coming years.

Lessons learnt from recent terrorist attacks have highlighted the need to strengthen situational awareness and interoperability. Key identified areas of improvement have been communications, common procedures, frameworks, language, ways of working and bespoke tools.

Mobile data systems provide Emergency Services with accurate information to the teams on the ground whilst ensuring control rooms and senior officers have a common operating picture to support their decision-making process.

Airbus’ SAFEcommand Discovery tool is specific designed to aid collaboration and intelligence sharing, enabling multiple agencies to securely share data and provide

access to selected information – whilst still retaining control of exactly who sees what. It is an intuitive tool that enables a more efficient way of managing information in support of improved operational performance.