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The Harbour Defence IKC2 Experience

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In the past, conventional design of command and control systems has been adopting a client-server approach or the stovepipe structural design, which means that system components are tightly integrated and all system software components have to be completed before the system can be fully operational. Such tightly coupled system architecture imposes rigid limitations on system flexibility for expansion. More crucially, in the rapidly changing environment, it is more important than ever to embrace the evolutionary development process, whereby system components are developed as building blocks, that can facilitate ease of introducing new features within short time cycles. The Harbor Defense Integrated Knowledge-based Command and Control IKC2 Experiment was conceived against the backdrop of increasing waves of terror threats. In particular, with the tight coupling of Singapores prosperity with international trade, protection of our local waters is paramount. This experiment seeks to leverage upon advances in the commercial world to rapidly and cost effectively deploy solutions to address homeland security, through the Enterprise Architecture approach. In essence, the experiment seeks to utilize the enterprise architecture approach as a means to achieve the operational vision of IKC2 in the Harbor Defense context. From the integration of sensors to achieve superior situation awareness, to the networking of forces to share a common operational picture, enhanced operationally with the assistance of decision support system. In the experiment, the services provided broadly demonstrate the potential of such a systems approach where additional operational capabilities can be introduced progressively, giving the players heightened clarity and an increased situation awareness, thus enabling faster reaction to the situation.

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  • Civil Defense
  • Command, Control and Communications Systems

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