Analysis of Multi-Agency Situational Awareness System (MASAS) Transition Assessment


  1. Dawe, P.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Centre for Security Science, Ottawa ONT (CAN)
Situational awareness (SA) is essential to the planning and execution of emergency response efforts. Several different SA tools are used across Canada and the ability to connect these different tools for shared SA is a critical capability to improve interoperability and ensure efficient and effective response. MASAS enables a system-of-systems collection of interoperable systems that can exchange real-time, location-based information relevant to emergency managers, using common technologies that are based on national geospatial and public safety standards. MASAS enables pan-Canadian and Canadian/US interoperability and is recognized as a leading operational pilot project enabling national public safety community interoperability. Work is underway to transition the MASAS capability from a DRDC/CSS funded operational pilot project to an ongoing independent self-sustainable program. MASAS as a ‘national’ capability is specifically mentioned by name in the 2013 Communications Interoperability Strategy and Action Plan for Canada , approved by Senior Officials Responsible for Emergency Management (SOREM). This entails developing a governance, business and operations model for a self-sustainable capability that enhances national situational awareness in support of the wider emergency management community. To inform this process, a transition assessment was administered to the MASAS user community. This Letter Report briefly presents the methodology, key results and recommendatio
Situational Awareness;Multi Agency Situational Awareness (MASAS);Interoperability;Emergency Communications
Report Number
DRDC-CSS-LR-2013-053 — Letter Report
Date of publication
16 Dec 2013
Number of Pages
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