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Foresight-Cockpit

The goal of this research is to provide a conceptual as well as a software solution to support strategic, collaborative and cross-departmental decision-making processes.

In the context of “critical infrastructure protection”, this research seeks to develop and implement a prototype of a Foresight-Cockpit (software), based on customer-oriented analysis of the necessary framework conditions. Accordingly, the aim is to equip government authorities and companies with a web-based platform, which enables them to anticipate unexpected trend movements and future scenarios in a collaborative and cross-departmental manner and increases the quality of risk and crisis management in the long-term.

The study „Strategisches Führungssystem für die öffentlich-private Sicherheits-zusammenarbeit“ (STRATFÜSYS) (Strategic management system for public-private security cooperation) already stressed the significance of future research tools and methods for a continuous, sustainable and participatory implementation of this research discipline. Processes related to security policies in general and security necessities such as “critical infrastructure protection” in particular are becoming increasingly complex. In order to manage this enhanced complexity, we need new methods and procedures that bring together relevant public and private stakeholders and thus allow for cooperation across departments and institutions.

STRATFÜSYS as well as other KIRAS projects (e.g. the GÖPL project group) emphasized the importance of a common situational awareness and understanding as a basis for successful public-private cooperation. A respective management system creates value through the consolidation, preparation and distribution of significant information for relevant decision-makers, especially in view of the already existing situational awareness process in Austria. The study concluded that even though various marketable systems exist that could support a future oriented situational awareness process, none of these systems complies with the requirements of Austrian users.

The here presented cooperative research project for developing the collaborative, software-based decision-making tool “Foresight-Cockpit” shall fill this gap. This requires a jointly developed and implemented conceptual and prototypical software solution to support strategic, collaborative and cross-departmental decision-making processes in the context of a national situational awareness process. Existing situational awareness standards and procedures have been further improved and extended through the inclusion of the collaborative aspect, which facilitates the involvement of different public and non-public decision-makers into this process. As a result, the newly developed prototype creates significant benefit compared to the previous situational awareness approach.

The overall goal of this research is therefore to equip government authorities and companies with a web-based platform, which enables them to anticipate unexpected trend movements and future scenarios in a collaborative and cross-departmental manner and increases the quality of risk and crisis management in the long-term. The developed prototype thus enables Austrian government authorities and companies to collaborate across departments and institutions while generating a common situational picture.

Project Coordinator:
Dr. Markus Gruber,
Projektleiter, Research Industrial Systems Engineering (RISE) Forschungs-, Entwicklungs- und Großprojektberatung GmbH

Project Partners: 

  • Bundeskanzleramt, Abteilung Sicherheitspolitische Angelegenheiten
  • Bundesministerium für Inneres, Büro für Sicherheitspolitik
  • Bundesministerium für Landesverteidigung und Sport
  • Repuco Unternehmensberatung GmbH
  • TU Wien, Fachbereich Rechtswissenschaften
  • Universität Salzburg, Fachbereich Politikwissenschaften und Soziologie 

Contact: 

Dr. Markus Gruber
Research Industrial Systems Engineering (RISE) Forschungs-,Entwicklungs- und Großprojektberatung GmbH

Concorde Business Park F
2320 Schwechat
Austria

Mobile: +43 664 60 8444 1149
Fax: +43 1 5057473
markus.gruber@rise-world.com

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