MASAS NATIONAL INFORMATION EXCHANGES (MASAS-X) PILOT PROJECT
In November 2011, the Defence R&D Canada – Centre for Security Science launched the MASAS-X Pilot Project in support of the broader MASAS Development Initiative. MASAS-X is focused on operationalizing the pan-Canadian operational, exercise and training information situational awareness information exchanges that link the many stakeholders. These core operational services are being managed through a centralized office to offer a stable, reliable, resilient, long-term shared situational awareness capability within the Canadian public safety (and critical infrastructure) community.
MASAS-X supports the distribution of authoritative alerts and situational awareness information, with a focus on non-sensitive content that can be openly shared within the greater emergency management and public safety (EMPS) community.
As per MASAS principles and technical architecture, the content in MASAS-X is published directly by the source, with some content coming from polling authoritative public domain sources, such as government Web sites and various sensor systems.
Registered Pilot participants can, without fee, post and consume situational information to and from other users through MASAS-X by using their own application(s) or by using the basic MASAS-X tools. Examples of MASAS content include:
- Current and forecasted weather and other meteorological alerts, warnings, and advisories.
- Road closures, including planned (due to road maintenance or security operations) or imposed by natural hazards such as floods and blizzards.
- Community closures or temporary relocations in the north or remote regions.
- Natural hazard alerts (i.e., earthquake, tsunami, space weather).
- Hazardous materials or incidents involving chemical, biological, radiological-nuclear or explosives agents.
- Water/stream level sensor alerts.
- Points of interest information (i.e., rest stations, first aid, emergency shelter, etc.).
- Perimeters of wildfires, quarantine zones, events, etc.
- Search and rescue activity.
- Sandbagging operations, dike construction, pumping stations.
- Health alerts, pandemic zone demarcation, etc.