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Vtrek presents cutting-edge interoperability research together with MITRE

27 June 2018

On June 5,DG HOME (DG Migration and Home Affairs) hosted the  11th Meeting of the Community of Users on Secure, Safe, and Resilient Societies. The meeting was held over 3 full days and attended by a wide audience, including from the public sector, industry, and academia. The Community of Users was set up to create synergies among different stakeholders (policy-makers, researchers, industry/SMEs, field practitioners) by promoting research results, identifying promising tools, enhancing market opportunities for research results, and ensuring practitioner expertise is available to policy-makers.

Vtrek’s Dr. Anne Rainville presented in the Theme 8 – Information Exchange and Interoperability. The presentation covered emerging conceptual research being conducted together with Dr. John Selby and Dr. Andreas Tolk at MITRE. MITRE is a not-for-profit organization that operates research and development centres sponsored by the federal government, chartered to work solely in the public interest. Its centres are unique organizations that assist the United States government with: Scientific research and analysis, Development and acquisition, and Systems engineering and integration.


Motivated by the increasing complexity of operational environments, the paper calls for the development of a new framework for facilitating enterprise interoperability.  Such a framework should complement existing metrics, such as Technology Readiness Levels (TRL), in supporting decision-making in complex environments. It should enable ad-hoc composability of capabilities, thereby enhancing the agility of the decision-maker and the enterprise as a whole. After identifying the problem and solution domains, the authors presented selective implications toward an agile enterprise: namely, standardizing systems interfaces with open standards, and a systems engineering approach to underpin agile acquisition. A framework for interoperability could be applied by public procurers, for example, to equip multi-domain enterprises for assistance in national disasters and warfare situations. The paper is expected to be published in the short term.

The authors thank the organizers and DG Home for another successful COU and the ability to present and receive constructive feedback in among a group of qualified peers. Full agendas, and the presentation slides (forthcoming) are available here

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Livestream of selected sessions

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