SIGZEEN Color-Coded Identification and Interoperable Communications System


Background: The success of emergency operations completely depends on effective communication and coordinated incident management system. Today these issues are a high priority for the emergency management framework for action planning. Nonetheless these issues are facing major challenges, specially to provide effective communications interoperability. It is important to recognize that during CBRNE incidents, life or death often is determined within the first few minutes of its onset. During such an atmosphere the inability to respond quickly and efficiently can pose a dramatic impact on saving lives and property. 

Existing Problems:

  • Communications Challenges: The key problem is that lack of interoperable communications capabilities, which undermine the ability to effectively respond to the incident. This is mainly due to lack of coordinated response communications among respond groups, incompatible communications equipment, and disruptions on communications frequencies. The result of such implications, the interoperability may exceed responders' preparations, their plans and expectations, since these events mostly involve multiple incidents, which need multi-response groups involvement, combined with single incident command management approach.  
  • Non-Emergency Participation: Another problematic issue is that non-emergency personnel, non-government organizations and volunteers approach the incident area wearing common clothing such as green or orange high visibility garments. The lack of distinctive recognition as “who’s who” at the incident area can undermine first responders and ES personnel's operation capabilities, which leads to a mis-perception environment. Specially paving the way towards unsafe working conditions for first responder’s operations ability, as well as their personal safety. 
  • Electronic Communications: Today, lack of effective radio communications, and electronic communication technologies pose critical challenges to emergency operations. This is mainly, due to incompatible communications equipment and multiple radio frequencies used by various emergency groups at the same location. Additionally, these challenges may further continue with the failure of electrical power for communication equipment and network system.


  • Close Cooperation: To minimize such dramatic environments, needs efficient and close cooperation among first responders and ES groups, so that they have the ability to communicate and support each other quickly and efficiently. For example, law enforcement personnel may need medical assistance to save another persons life. During such a situation he or she must have the ability to quickly identify medical personnel at its vicinity, and call for help, and vise-versa


  • The SCI-ICE Project: Is a manual identification and interoperable visual communications system. Specially, developed to visually communicate at the scene in order to enhance communications and emergency operational interoperability. This solution is useful for emergency responders to establish visual communication channels without electronic communication equipment. The SCI-ICS manual system is developed easily to be integrated into any existing incident command systems already in place, without modifications to any component on current systems used by various emergency respond groups.



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