SIGZEEN Color-Coded Identification and Interoperable Communications System


How the Project Began: The development of SCI-ICS project goes back to 2009. Initially, we started with the research program on safety and security concerns over law enforcement personnel pertaining to security threats during 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. These studies were mainly focused on finding solutions that would protect law enforcement personnel in the event of CBRNE incidents, civil disobediences, riots or any other similar situations during the Olympics. The outcome of the studies concluded that an exclusive identification method would meet the required performance for personal safety and an effective working environment for first responders. As a result, we introduced the Color-Coded identification system to the law enforcement community during the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, and it was well received.




How We Developed the Project: The SCI-ICS was designed and developed based on evaluating various accomplishments, failures and challenges, and numerous lessons learned from prior incidents. The main structure of the project was developed based on evaluating an incident command system developed in the late 1960 by the US Navy for fighting wildfires. Also examining various emergency operations, shortfalls and the success of US and global incidents, including the 9/11 terrorist attacks, terror incidents around the world, and Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Sandy and numerous other similar global disasters. All these incidents and lessons learned from those events have proven that the lack of identification and disruption of communications capabilities played critical challenges to emergency response personnel and to their emergency operations.

The following are some of the research areas:  

  • The success and shortfalls of past emergency operations. 
  • The lessons learned from these incidents.  
  • Examine the US and Canadian governments and their agency reports, research, articles, including CBRNE Strategy Plans and Strategy objectives. 
  • The NATO CBRNE Strategy Plan and their objectives towards safety of first responders. 
  • Examine the intelligence communities’ findings and recommendations towards preparations for possible CBRNE and terrorist incidents. 
  • Evaluate Cyber, EMP and direct attacks on national power grids, and impacts on interoperable communications among first responders and ES personnel.

Attacks on Infrastructure: It is important to recognize that the CBRNE incidents and attacks on power grids could face considerable complex circumstances than any other previous disasters. This is mainly due to lack of prior experience on any CBRNE incidents or any lessons learned on a similar nature. This includes inadequate information in regards to recognizing challenges to be expected, and how to respond to such incidents. Therefore, preparation with the best ability, combined with innovative ideas, new technologies, methods and systems are the key to success for safe and effective response for these catastrophic events.


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