The S-HELP tool is a holistic decision support platform aimed at strategic level decision makers. The modular design of the system incorporates tools to facilitate all stages of the emergency management lifecycle. It will incorporate best practice in situational awareness, interagency communication and emergency response. Currently the team are working to architect a system which delivers the S-HELP capabilities in a manner that is open and extensible. The software architecture is currently being designed to incorporate the earlier work of the S-HELP partners including functional requirements gathered from emergency management end users (by FAC), the psychological aspects of interface design for emergency management (identified by TUGRAZ) and common emergency management taxonomy (devised by UNVIE).
Wireframe of S-HELP Infrastructure Model
The architecture is being designed around well established, industry standard technologies and methodologies, such as the Spring Framework, Hibernate and Restful web services. A layered architecture will help to minimise strong dependencies on vendor specific solutions while a modular approach to domain specific functionality will promote ease of testing, maintenance and extensibility. It is anticipated that many of the external data sources (e.g. OpenKM, Geoserver) will expose restful interfaces, which will integrate naturally into the architecture. For other services and sources, S-HELP will provide customised adapters for integration.
Peter Daly (HSE) the WP6 Leader hosted an end user exercise titled QuickSilver on 24 and 25 September 2015 in Dublin Ireland. S-HELP partners such as FAC and UCC-BIS attended to observe strategic level cross border EM scenarios.