Tom Flynn, TFC Research and Innovation Limited

On the 15th February 2019, a collaborative virtual workshop was held between a series of security research projects. Led by the NO-FEAR project and working in close collaboration with the FORESEE project, the participating projects included DRIVER+, i-LEAD and eNOTICE. Guesting at the workshop was the Chairperson of citizen and societal committee for CEN TC391, Ms. Patricia Compard.  The workshop was held as part of an ongoing standardisation and recommendation programme in NO-FEAR, which is aimed at helping to determine where standardization gaps and opportunities may exist in Emergency Medical Services in unprecedented acute situations, such as a pandemic. Each participant in the workshop had a scientific research background and currently works in the area of security research. The work undertaking was held to obtain a scientific research perception on European standardisation and obtained their views and understanding and shared between each of the participating projects. The workshop acted as a fulcrum to take stock of what was being said from the perspectives of scientific researchers. It enabled the participants to obtain a more in-depth understanding on where the gaps, issues and opportunities might arise.  The author are of the belief that standardisation is misunderstood and it is not necessarily about documented standards and where gaps might be identified. It is against this background that the workshop was executed. In simple terms, we wanted the opinion of the security scientific research community.

The NO-FEAR project presented an opportunity to engage in ways that may not otherwise be possible. It is a 5 year project, which commenced 1st June 2018 and is centred around security and emergency medical services. The standardisation work in the project enabled fundamental and challenging questions with the collaborating projects to be asked. We knew from the outset that some participants were of the initial opinion that they were not involved in standardisation in their project or that the Emergency Medical Services was not a focal point of them. Concluding the workshop they valued it. The acquired knowledge through the virtual workshop process was well received and helped us to move the standardisation process forward with regards to operational security research. 

The workshop aimed to be a means of engaging collaborative security research projects, sharing opinions on European standardisation from a researcher’s perspective.  At the workshop, we listened to the engaging research group so that we could learn and gain a more in-depth understanding and perception of the scientific research community view on the subject of European standardisation. Gaps in standardisation are not necessarily about documented standards for missing or useful processes and so forth; it is about the belief and trust in standards and the conviction that lies within so that they are willingly applied. We question why are many European standards not been taken up by Operations and why are research projects results addressing standardisation not moving into Operations? There are more fundamental questions that need answering, as work in standardisation can be perceived and disjointed and fragmented.  

In advance of the workshop, four challenging questions were raised of which three were discussed at the workshop. Based on the individually derived feedback, views and opinions were engaging. We listened and learnt. 

The findings will act as an input to the NO-FEAR Standardisation Report and in doing so, encapsulate a view based on the opinions and outcomes of the participants at the Security operation research workshop event. We believe that it will further strengthen our work in NO-FEAR and European standardisation outcomes, results and impacts derived from European Commission supported projects and its’ significance for society, safety, security and European resilience.

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