SIGZEEN Color-Coded Identification and Interoperable Communications System


Mass Destruction: In the wake of the terrorist attack in Sep 2001, and ongoing terrorism and political unrest around the world has triggered extreme concern over potential Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive (CBRNE) events. These events could be caused by human error, accidents, and global conflicts or by terrorist acts. 

The world governments, intelligence communities and security experts have become well aware of these emerging threats. They realize that such events are extreme risks to nations security, public health and safety, property, economy and political stability on a global scale.  

The United States and Canada both recognize that CBRNE threats are more possible direct targets on western nations. They understand that such disasters can cause mass casualties, chaotic environments, and property damage causing extreme disruption to society as a whole. In order to protect nations from these disasters, world governments, international agencies such as NATO, the United Nations and European Union, all emphasize that it is critically important to take preventative action plans that will prevent/mitigate, prepare, respond and recover from CBRNE catastrophic disasters. One of the key objectives of these action plans are to protect first responders so that they have the ability to protect public lives and properties, safely and effectively in a timely manner. More…


About the Project: Dealing with weapons of mass destruction events, terror attacks and mass shooting incidents are much more complex, and may pose unique challenges to first responders and ES personnel than any other catastrophic disasters. These events involve mass casualties and fatalities, which need immediate attention, specially in terms of medical intervention to save lives, transport victims to medical facilities, special operations plans that would help prevent civil disturbances, control people and traffic and more.

In order to respond to such a complex environment needs an effective workforce, and well-defined interoperable communications capabilities. This will provide the ability to build efficient operational and functional interoperability, including confidence and an effective approach system to integrate among respond groups, so that they can save public lives, protect property and the environment. 

The SCI-ICS project is developed mainly focusing on contributing to these specific needs, specially to enhance personal safety for first responders (law enforcement, fire and rescue, paramedics, medical personnel), and Essential Service (ES) personnel (military, border services, and CBRNE personnel), when they respond to CBRNE incidents, terror attacks or any other complex emergency situations. More ...


Mission: Our mission is to find short and long-term solutions that have the ability to contribute to enhance interoperability. Most importantly communications interoperability and effective interoperable operation system that requires to enhance multi-jurisdictional operational capabilities.  Our main goal is to provide a specific perspective framework that can help to close existing gaps identified by world governments, international agencies, intelligence communities, security experts and respond communities, in regards to protecting first responders.

To achieve these important elements specific areas were identified, and the following systems were developed.

  • System to enhance personal safety of first responders and ES personnel.
  • System to visually communicate when communications network systems are disrupted or malfunctions, due to Cyber, EMP or direct attacks on national power grids, and network communications infrastructure. 
  • System to quickly and visually identify impersonators, who pretend to be emergency responders. Such situations can threaten the personal safety of first responders and their emergency operations. More…

SCI-ICS Project: The SIGZEEN Color-Coded Interoperable Identification and Communications System (SCI-ICS) project is the first visual interoperable communications system designed for first responders and Essential Service (ES) personnel. The main objective of this system is to exclusively identify and differentiate responders from other common clothing wearers, such as construction workers, security guards, other emergency workers and general public who are not emergency responders.   The system also provides a method to dealing with existing issues pertaining to enhance the operation interoperability among respond groups at incident areas, and the groups arriving from other jurisdictions. To achieve these objectives two methods were developed. (1) The Color-Coded Identification System, (2) Color-Coded Incident Command System. More ....


Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics: The SCI-ICS project was started in 2009, based on a research program conducted on security issues pertaining to protecting first responders during major events. As a result of the studies, we were able to introduce the Color-Coded identification system to law enforcement personnel in British Colombia, Canada during the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, and it was well received. Presently various law enforcement, fire and rescue, and medical personnel across Canada are using this system, including law enforcement in the US.   To continue our efforts related to enhancing personal safety for emergency responders and to build an effective operational work force, the SCI-ICS project would further carry out a comprehensive research program on risks and consequences that first responders may encounter in the event of a disruption to power grids and communications infrastructure.


NATO Defence Conference: In order to contribute to NATO CBRNE objectives, and to achieve our goals in the global platform, we delivered a well-received presentation at the Future Forces 2014 NATO Defence Conference held in Prague, Czech Republic in October 2014.

The topic presented was “Cyber, EMP and Physical Attacks on power grids, and safety of first Responders”.   We also promoted the Color-Coded identification system throughout law enforcement communities by participating at a number of Chiefs of Police conferences and promoting the system to governments, and their appropriate agencies. More ...



Power Grid Vulnerability: Governments, intelligence communities and security experts are extremely concerned about possible Cyber, Physical and EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse) attacks on electric power grids, and communications infrastructure. The disruptions of such attacks on nations’ power system and network communications systems could cause major power outages and communications barriers in a massive scale. In fact such an environment can create potential risks and consequences on the personal safety aspect of emergency responders and their operation capabilities in an unprecedented manner.  

The recent Cyber attacks on power grids are a warning to the world for urgent preparation to protect each nation’s electrical power system. As a result of these concerns, the US Department of Homeland Security and FBI launched a nationwide online webinars campaign on March 31, 2016 More ...



Common Clothing:  Security experts and their analysis, including NATO reports signify that common clothing could confuse and disrupt emergency responders and their emergency operations. In most instances, this raises the concern of potential personal safety implications. Especially when non-emergency personnel, private security guards, general workers and the general public all wear similar garments, such as green or orange high visibility clothing, or related uniforms, and approach the incident area. 

The most important element is that multi-jurisdictional and multi-agency interoperable incident management system. During a major incident, numerous multi jurisdiction groups arrive at incident areas to support the local groups. In such situations, some may wear uniforms; others in civil clothing as undercover law enforcement personnel. This would have a impact on identification capabilities, especially during special operations and mass causality situations.


Who's Who: The inability to recognize who's 'who at an incident area may create a large impact and hazardous environment for responders. Today, impersonating first responders is a major security concern for law enforcement and other security experts. They realize that impersonators may pretend to be first responders and attempt to blend with emergency responders during emergency operations. first responder impersonate

To address these complex challenges we designed a SIGZEEN Incident Command System, which is part of SCI-ICS project. This system is structured in combination with the color-coded identification numbers and various shapes of patches, enabling each respond team member to individually identify who’s who at the incident area. The most secure aspect of the system is that no number will be duplicated with another number. More ...




Cyber, EMP and Direct Attacks: Damage to power grids will cause massive communication breakdown, since all emergency communication equipment needs power to function. These failures will lead to severe disruption to emergency coordination activities and rescue efforts.



"Psychological Behavior and Social Implications on Humans without Electronic Communications, and Safety of First Responders and the Public"

It is impossible to ignore that radio communications, electronic communications and IP network communications has become the essential way of communication in all aspects in day-to-day operations and present day life in society. This includes personal and business communications, social interactions, and first responders’ communications.

Nonetheless, electrical power plays a major role in keeping electronic communications live. Without power there will be no communication. The disruption of flow of electrical energy for communication infrastructure can bring this new way of upbringing society into a complete grip in an unexpected and unprecedented environment.  In fact, during such an environment law enforcement and emergency respond communities have core responsibilities to provide safety to the public, and protect the public from chaos and other dangerous situations.

SCI-ICS research program specifically focuses on identifying people’s behaviors, and the impact on society as a whole in the event of electronic communication failures, due to attacks on power grids and network communications infrastructure.  The studies will further evaluate the challenges and implications that first responders and ES personnel encounter during such disruptions. In particular disruption to mobile, radio, and telephone network communications.  

The conclusion of these findings would provide sufficient information and guidelines for SCI-ICS project. Also provide opportunities to share information with law enforcement communities, emergency respond communities and security experts. In which, they can use these findings to establish effective operation scenarios that would help to strengthen first responders and ES communities emergency operation capabilities.



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