Canada’s Multi-Agency Situational Awareness System – Keeping it Simple


  1. Pagotto, J.
  2. O'Donnell, D.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Centre for Security Science, Ottawa ONT (CAN)
The Canadian ‘Multi-Agency Situational Awareness System’ (MASAS) is rapidly becoming Canada’s national system for sharing emergency management incident-relevant information amongst multiple agencies and jurisdictions. Through the use of structured information aligned with open standards, and a centrally managed open architecture, MASAS provides a trusted virtual community with the ability to seamlessly exchange information at all stages of the emergency management life-cycle. MASAS offers an information exchange architecture that is based around a highly resilient system of data aggregation hubs that are easily accessible directly or through 3rd party commercial tools by emergency management officials at all levels, from the smallest community in the most remote areas of Canada’s north to key federal stakeholders such as the federal Government Operations Centre or the Canadian military. This paper highlights the key design principles, experimental activities, and technology implementation strategies that are positioning MASAS as a Canadian success story in the making - with strong and rapid uptake by emergency management organizations from coast to coast to coast and internationally with our neighbors to the south.

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Emergency management;collaboration;information exchange;open standards;common alerting protocol;situational awareness;geographic information system;geographic information system;map, incident;hub;data aggregation;multi-agency;system-of-systems;Atom;GeoRSS;CAP
Report Number
DRDC-CSS-SL-2011-035 — Scientific Literature
Date of publication
01 Jan 2012
Number of Pages
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