This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 853853.
The Stair4Security Project: an Introduction
Meet the Partners
Are you aware of standardisation and the pre-standardisation process? Stefanie Müller (DIN) and Camille Cloitre (AFNOR)
Interview / Video with Patricia Compard
Interview/ Video with Tom Flynn
Event: Boosting Innovation Through Standards ('Your Gateway To The Market')
The Stair4Security Project
A wide range of security threats including man-made and natural risks can result in disruptive events having serious consequences for societal and citizen security. Both, public and private stakeholders require adequate solutions in organization, procedures and technological capabilities to be able to respond timely and effectively. Thus, there is a need to develop specific standards that enable various public and private organizations within Europe, being local, national, European or international to be effectively coordinated ensuring as much as possible a smoothly cooperation before, during and after a disruptive event.
The main objective of STAIR4SECURITY is to create a collaborative platform as single entry point for information on the security sector stemming primarily from research activities in order to allow better governance of standardization needs in the Disaster Resilience and Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear and Explosive (CBRN-E) sectors to be realised. The platform will be practitioner / policy making driven. It aims to permit a better overview of current and new projects being at, national, European and international level; ensuring more coordination between all stakeholders and responding more efficiently and timely to the critical needs following an agreed strategic vision and identified priorities.
Besides ensuring the necessary partnering network, STAIR4SECURITY will review process efficiency and effectiveness, including the necessary tools and mechanisms, which encapsulates the CEN and CENELEC Workshop Agreement (CWA) process and a fast-track procedure. The adoption and suitability of a CWA as well as any other standard type deliverable or reference document, such as a TS and TR, will also form part of the review under the guise for the need for more relevant consensus standard (EN).
The underlining concept is to support the facilitation and transfer of research results at European and national level into the market involving standardization activities. STAIR4SECURITY aims to deliver a policy making / practitioner driven platform, which enables a more effective networking within experts from research, industry including SMEs, practitioners, policy makers and standardizer to be realised.
The platform will not only ensure the awareness of relevant activities from the demand and supplier sides but also digest the input received, align the gaps with the policy priorities to provide recommendations on standardization needs and the relevant standardization body to address the needs identified. The platform should also support the initial steps to launch the standardization activities in, for example, helping in the drafting of the standardization mandate or proposed work item.
The platform aims to ensure that all current and planned actions are made known to the community and that an assessment of the maturity and the market relevance of the pre-standardization activities to be upgraded in a consensus standard will be facilitated.
Objectives of the Stair4Security Project
The first objective of the project is to establish an expert platform setting a mechanism of coordination of research-related standardisation activities in the security sector, building up on a legacy of identified projects, and providing a “single entry point” for any query related to standards in the Disaster Resilience and CBRN-E sectors. It is to be noted that the platform will not cover cybersecurity activities.
The project aims to ensure that the upstream work i.e. pre- or co-normative research is conveyed quickly and adequately into the standardisation process. This means it is accessible, signalled to relevant CEN-CENELEC technical committees, discussed with relevant stakeholders, aligned with policy priorities and allocated to the relevant standardization body. The process will by no means substitute the role of National Standardization Bodies in research projects. The platform shall involve Member States’ representatives, policy-makers, scientists (research, academic), standardizers and practitioners including through existing network of practitioners as well as security industry/SMEs. Industry might be involved only once the process of expression of means is matured enough. This will allow relevant research outputs being more efficiently and faster directed to proper activity streams e.g. mandates to issue EN, CWA, or non-standardised guidelines and best practices.
The second objective of the project is the revision of the necessary standardization tools and mechanisms to fit the needs of research and innovation when market need has been outlined by the proposer. This will be translated in the review of the CEN and CENELEC Workshop Agreement (CWA) process assessing its fit for purpose for the security sector and comprising the possibility to develop CWAs with classified information.
Using the STAIR4SECURITY platform for early information exchange between research projects having a standardization dimension and standardizers, the assessment of maturity by the relevant standardization bodies of non-consensus standardization deliverables like CWA but also Technical Specifications (TS) and Technical Report (TR) to be adopted as consensus standard (EN) will be facilitated. Therefore, it is proposed to analyse the options designing a new mechanism including selection criteria and necessary steps to be followed during the development of CWA, TS or TR to be eligible for a fast-track adoption as CEN or CENELEC consensus standard.
The CWA and the fast track adoption procedure being CEN and CENELEC internal procedures, the project will propose clear and detailed improvement options to fit the needs of the security sector to be finally adopted by the relevant CEN and CENELEC governing bodies
CEN is currently leading the project STAIR4SECURITY funded under the European Framework Programme Horizon 2020 under grant agreement number 853853. Its objective is to promote the use of standardisation to enable better coordination between public and private actors at international, European, national and local level, to respond to security threats and disruptive events.
Future Analytics Consulting Ltd maintain a fully functioning eLearning platform with videos, tutorials, webinars, chat and much more. They will create a new online video tutorial and eLearning to introduce the platform and the updated CWA mechanism to interested parties. In line with Work Package 2 (i.e. STAIR4SECURITY Platform), the eLearning tool will introduce new services and tools to online audiences offering both individual online support in the form of coaching to the targeted groups.
One of the project outputs is an online platform to enhance the quality and relevance of CWAs in the market environment to meet industry as well as practitioners needs. This tool is currently under construction but information and links will be available on this page as they develop.
Ms. Patricia Compard (CENTC 391) being interviewed by Dr. Sheryl Lynch (Future Analyics Consulting) on the Stair4security project and platform. Follow our YouTube Channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9duu_tsR9kkPQhHhOOtXrA/
Sheryl speaks with Tom Flynn, CEO and Innovation and Business Development Manager of TFC Research and Innovation Limited (TFC). TFC is an engaged scientific research SME, actively involved in national and European R&D projects. It has three prime pillars of activity - project management, standardisation and market outreach. Their expertise is geared to support both industry and academia partners in scientific research and innovation projects in key areas of interest including ICT, Social Science, Security, Energy, eHealth, Robotics and more. TFC actively work to inspire science and research development, bringing much fresh think-tank and creative ideas to research and innovation projects and proposal development. Tom works across each of the key work packages including the revised CWA process in Stair4Security bringing fresh thinking to the undertaking and manages Work Package 4.
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