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Irish Coast Guard deploys new information system

Irish Coast Guard deploys new information system Photo: Jaqian, Creative Commons 3.0

The Irish Coast Guard has successfully deployed a new information system designed to boost the organisation’s incident management and Search and Rescue functions.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The new system, called Oversee, will allow for more effective and accurate responses to incidents, and forms the first part of the Irish Coast Guard’s SILAS (Shared Information Logging and Analysis System) project, which aims to ensure that operations are future-ready by delivering the most effective use of resources through better information management.

Developed by IT company CRITICAL Software, Oversee will now form part of the Irish Coast Guard’s National Maritime Operations Centre (NMOC) in Dublin and its two Rescue Co-ordination Sub Centres in Malin and Valentia.

Oversee will share information across all these sites in real time, offering live resource tracking, information logging and tasking capabilities.

These functions will be supported by performance analysis capabilities, providing historic evidence of how incidents were responded to and managed, as well as tracking mission response times and resource deployment.

“The Irish Coast Guard decided to upgrade our Command and Control operations system and required modern, intuitive and easy-to-use software in order to improve the capacity of our rescue co-ordination staff to efficiently respond to incidents,” said Chris Reynolds, director of the Irish Coast Guard.

“The new system will also provide senior decision makers and on-call officers with the information they need to better understand the top-level status of our Rescue Co-Ordination Centres, allowing them to make better informed decisions about operations. The new system was carefully chosen after a long procurement process and has successfully delivered on these requirements.”

The Irish Coast Guard typically expects to handle 2,500 maritime emergencies a year, assisting 4,500 individuals and saving around 200 lives. It works closely with other national and international authorities in providing incident responses and also investigates around 50 maritime pollution reports a year.{/mprestriction}

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