Clear situation awareness is a key factor for effective emergency response. The building of an operational picture is based on the integration and assessment of information collected from the different teams of responders and other information sources. It relies on exchange of information. The ability to exchange information in a timely and secure manner is critical to the effective conduct of emergency management.
ISO/TR 22351 describes the message structure built in order to facilitate interoperability between existing and new information systems.
The structured message is called EMSI (Emergency Management Shared Information).
Martine Coutier (France), the project leader responsible for the development of ISO/TR 22351, explains:
"This Technical Report proposes a structured message in order to facilitate theses exchanges. The message is flexible with regard to the regulations of nations and organizations. It helps the operational information exchange between organisations, especially when different terminologies or different languages are used as in civil–military cooperation, trans-border collaboration or multi-agency emergencies. It enables all involved organisations to co-operate with a high level of interoperability as described in ISO 22320"
ISO/TR 22351:2015 Societal security – Emergency management – Message structure for exchange of information, will within short be available from ISO national member institutes. It may also be obtained directly from the ISO Central Secretariat, respectively through the ISO Store or by contacting the Marketing, Communication & Information department.