Information about the Project
Development of the ICMS
COBRA becomes ICMS - Short History
The Belgian national «Incident & Crisis Management System» platform is based on the COBRA-software, of which development started in 1998. A first version was operational in 2000.
CEMAC and (at that time) DGI (now through merger-and-acquisition "Dynamis") signed in 2014 a strategic agreement on the development of the software for Europe an other parts of the world.
From within this existing structure the partners proposed as part of a European tender and purchase process for the core system for the Belgian ICMS. COBRA was selected above twelve other national and international candidates.
COBRA becomes ICMS - Project phase 1
The process of modifying the existing standard software to meet the specific Belgian requirements has started in january 2016. The definition of functional requirements is done by the Belgian Ministry of the Interior and the future users. This is done through weekly working group sessions with these representatives and experts of TCD to discuss desired modifications and operational augmentations to the sofware, module per module.
Several mixed (Belgo-American) teams from CEMAC and Dynamis work on software modifications, training materials development, translations, technical roll-out preparation and other aspects of the implementation of the ICMS.
The project is run via Agile project management with sprints of typically 2 to 3 weeks.
ICMS since 01-JAN-2017
ICMS became operational on 31 december 2016.
As of that date, ICMS is available 24/7 to Belgian authorities, emergency services and "directly concerned partners" in crisis management.
4,000 functional entities were connected from the onset.
Some examples ...
A development of additional functionalities and totally new modules - initially not in the scope of ICMS - has started in 2017 based on developing new 'user requirements'.
The 2017 DEV (development) programme involves:
All of these modules are scheduled to be integrated in the operational system before end of 2017.
A Unique Project
Various elements in this project make the creation of ICMS a truly unique endeavour:
EDXL ? EDXL !
EDXL - Emergency Data Exchange Language - is a package of global standards aimed at facilitating the exchange between digital systems and focused on emergency management data sets.
Systems in which the data sets are built in conformity with EDXL can very easily communicate with other systems and exchange data between databases and applications, both in connections with human users as with machine-machine communication.
From the onset of the project, the Belgian Ministry of the Interior has decided in consultation with CEMAC and Dynamis, to implement EDXL to the maximum, and thus to adapt existing modules or to develop new modules:
This choice is innovative and this alone makes the bulding of ICMS a very state-of-the art project ... at global level !
In addition, the functional requirements integrate other standards and recommendations, such as the "Only Once – Once Only" directive, elements from INSPIRE and evolving Belgian guidelines and standards on data systems.