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IAMSP is pleased to announce that the SOLE system is now in its second live testing phase. A true, community driven incident and notification system, the SOLE system combines the efforts and offerings of three companies to create a high-powered incident reporting, analysis and notification tool. The SOLE system consists of the efforts of three communities:
- Solara Remote Data Delivery – the provider of the FT2100 handheld tracking device,
- OceanusLive – the provider of the industry-leading incident notification and awareness portal, and
- Evolutionary Security Management – providing trend and pattern analysis.
The SOLE project application is also overseen by the Association, particularly with respect to the system’s ability to assist companies in reporting events covered under Section F of the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers.
Enabling the Industry
The SOLE system provides the following capabilities:
- Companies can track their teams, based on set polling periods around the world (the FT2100 already having global coverage)
- Team leaders can communicate back to their reporting center through the system’s connection to the Iridium Satellite network,
- Company officials can be notified of alerts or key messages through their own web portal, email, SMS or voice notification system,
- Company officials can communicate with their teams securely, independently of the ship’s infrastructure,
- Company officials can, through the OceanusLive portal, receive an Operations center view, saving on time and effort within the operations center, and
- The company can receive updates and assessments on events that take into account stratetic, operational, or even tactical views through the community-based approach.
These benefits are in addition to the company being able to demonstrate, through participation, that it is supporting efforts associated with human rights. The FT2100 comes pre-programmed with a series of notification alerts that allow the operator to communicate events associated with Section F of the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers quickly and consistently. Companies receiving this notification then have the ability of taking those steps that are built within their own Standing Operating Procedures (SOP). This is paired with the ability of the Company to use the features of the Solara system to retrieve logs (location and message) for a variety of uses, including being able to clearly demonstrate its compliance with a range of internationally driven best practices and emerging requirements.
This effort demonstrates the value of the one of the key elements of IAMSP – the ability to bring together members within the Association to provide significantly enhanced services or capabilities for the maritime security industry.
Initial questions regarding the SOLE project can be directed through the Association. Questions regarding any one of the three individual companies should be directed to each one individually. Contact details will be provided as part of the next testing benchmark.
IAMSP is pleased to announce that Solara Remote Data Delivery Systems of Winnipeg, Canada and in conjunction with Evolutionary Security Management of Arnprior, Canada has finished its validation of its new configuration package for security teams using the FT2100 handheld device. The new configuration includes pre-set notification messages for security incidents and has also integrated the reporting requirements based on Section F of the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers.
As a result of this, field-deployed and ship-deployed personnel will have a simple, rapid means of sending initial notification messages back to their company headquarters. By using the pre-programmed messaging function within the FT2100, team leaders and companies will have a greater assurance that the message’s date, time, location and content are accurate as intended. Similarly, the FT2100′s 2-way texting capability will allow company headquarters to communicate quickly with the team leader who has sent the message. This allows the company to ensure that the team leader has the appropriate guidance and support in place quickly and concisely as the Solara system also maintains a log of messages sent.
We are pleased to see this concrete progress being made towards the implementation of the International Code of Conduct and are proud to be part of the community that is bringing the intent of the Code of Conduct to fruition in complex environments. An official release regarding the specific configuration will be made shortly, as will an announcement regarding the upcoming testing of the SOLE system.
IAMSP’s Technical Evaluation Team (TET) is pleased to announce that the Solara Field Tracker 2100 has passed the technical vetting process with a score that allows for the Association to fully endorse its use. The fully endorsed status, very rarely achieved, indicates that the FT2100 and its supporting management infrastructure passed in all categories of the technical evaluation test.
This test considered the Field Tracker from the perspective of being able to provide two-way messaging and location monitoring for security teams without having to rely upon ship infrastructure. As has been reported by a significant number of security companies, some ship companies are either unwilling or unable to allow for continuous tracking or communication to security teams. Concurrently, the equipment also allows for command centers to communicate across their full accounts, greatly increasing the security teams’ ability to receive warnings of changing threat conditions.
The testing also remarks upon two elements of the FT2100 and its management. These two elements involve a safety feature that allows the unit to be more appropriate for air travel and a refurbishment project that significantly reduces unnecessary waste and environmental impact. Further details regarding these measures are available through the company.
The FT2100 is a real-time GPS tracking system that allows for two-way messaging through the Iridium satellite network and ensuring a global coverage. The equipment is fully portable and ruggedized (MIL STANDARD 810G) for survival in a range of conditions, including the maritime environment.
The unit is also supported by a control panel that is internet enabled through a secured portal, allowing control centers or other monitoring bodies the ability to track multiple units on a single graphic user interface and to coordinate a range of automated or custom messages throughout their full account.
Those that wish further details regarding the SOLARA Field Tracker 2100 are invited to visit the Solara website.
IAMSP is pleased to announce the results of the Technical Evaluation Team’s (TET) review of the OCEANUSLive.org service currently in beta testing and expected to move into full production mode in the near future. This review, undertaken by a team of three persons under the oversight of the President, examined the offering based upon its adherence to the latest and sound principles associated with maritime domain awareness, information and intelligence production, and its utility to the maritime security effort currently underway in the Indian Ocean (and applicable elsewhere).
This review touched on 168 topics that included reviewing the concept, design, fragility, safety, maintenance, life cycle management, risk management and training elements associated with the service being offered and took place over a six week period.
As a result of this effort, it is the assessment of the TET that the service does address a significant need or vulnerability currently evident within the maritime security awareness domain, has demonstrated that (under normal operating conditions) to be consistently reliable and to be reasonable in terms of integration and maintenance within organization’s normal operating routines.
The IAMSP is of the belief, based on sound doctrine and experience, that timely information communication and sharing is an essential element in helping protect our seafarers during higher-risk transits. We further echo the concept that such information sharing must be done across the full community of those seeking to protect our seafarers and add our voice to calls to the various reporting centers and organizations to focus on this important goal.
Reposted from 11 November 2010 – The IAMSP is proud to be amongst the first Industry Associations lending their support and signatures to the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers. Allan McDougall represented ISSG Holdings, Evolutionary Security, APPDSand IAMSP at the signing ceremony held in Geneva, Switzerland on 09 November 2010.
This Code of Conduct, often referred to as the ICoC, is the first major step in a vital effort to ensure that companies operating in complex environments (where the rule of law has been significantly eroded) conduct their operations in a way that is respectful of the human rights that have been enshrined in such documents as the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
This ICoC builds upon the foundations that were laid with the Montreux Document and so it may be seen as an appropriate evolutionary step rather than a revolutionary step. This is important because we need to understand that this is not a sudden and short term effort. It is something that is going to be built, implemented and maintained over time.
To date, we have been involved as an original signatory. We are currently involved in the process that will become the Maritime Security appendix and also involved in the ASIS International efforts associated with the development of the Technical standards. In short, the Association is proud to be able to say that it is at the leading edge of the development of this important effort.
For those interested in participating in the development of this Code, a discussion forum is being set up in this space within the controlled members area where specific elements can be discussed, collated and then presented to the drafting authorities.