Live Exercise in City of Oslo

 

 

Oslo City Hall

 

A comprehensive IMPETUS scenario was prepared and implemented at Oslo City Hall on the 18th of August for the first live exercise of the IMPETUS platform and tools. After careful planning and preparation, all the IMPETUS tools supporting the processes of the city's Security Operations Centre (SOC) were brought into one place. There were about 30 project participants, five COSSEC members and  about 60 external guests (from various actors in Oslo responsible for emergency response, representatives from other cities in Norway and representatives from other related projects in Norway and internationally). The scenario included testing of the individual roles and functions of the IMPETUS platform and integrated tools.

 

Observers on the balcony

 

Live exercises are essential to the development and evaluation of the IMPETUS technologies and approach. The hands-on experience of safety practitioners in live exercises in the  pilot cities of Oslo and Padova helps us to assess what works well and what needs to be improved, and to learn how technologies can be effectively integrated in working processes.

 

Demonstrators outside the Oslo City Hall

 

In the Oslo live exercise, the SOC staff needed to prepare for a cyber-attack discovered on the dark web, interpret signals of possible unrest detected on social media, analyse unexpected anomalies in public transport movements, respond to a person with a weapon in the middle of a demonstration outside the City Hall, and finally contain a biological attack on the City Hall and manage the subsequent evacuation.

 

Narration being given on the balcony by Matthieu Branlat (SINTEF)

 

The ‘gunman’ being arrested

 

The exercise was followed by a de-brief session where all participants were invited to provide feedback on the IMPETUS solution and make suggestions for how it could be improved.  They also provided feedback on the live exercise itself and proposed ideas for how to plan the next live exercise in Padova.

 

Magnus Devik Borge (City of Oslo) in one of the de-briefing sessions

 

The day ended with an informal poster/demo session that provided detailed demonstrations of the tools and Practitioners Guides.  External guests could move freely between the “stations”, and there were many fruitful one-on-one dialogues between external guests and project members. 

 

 

The poster/demo session

 

Thanks to the good preparation and involvement of both the IMPETUS team and the City of Oslo staff, and to the valuable contributions of our very helpful external guests, we consider that the event was highly successful in promoting the IMPETUS approach while also helping the project team learn of things that need to be improved.

The next live exercise is planned for October in the city of Padova in Italy.

 

Live Exercise in City of Oslo

 

 

Oslo City Hall

 

A comprehensive IMPETUS scenario was prepared and implemented at Oslo City Hall on the 18th of August for the first live exercise of the IMPETUS platform and tools. After careful planning and preparation, all the IMPETUS tools supporting the processes of the city's Security Operations Centre (SOC) were brought into one place. There were about 30 project participants, five COSSEC members and  about 60 external guests (from various actors in Oslo responsible for emergency response, representatives from other cities in Norway and representatives from other related projects in Norway and internationally). The scenario included testing of the individual roles and functions of the IMPETUS platform and integrated tools.

 

Observers on the balcony

 

Live exercises are essential to the development and evaluation of the IMPETUS technologies and approach. The hands-on experience of safety practitioners in live exercises in the  pilot cities of Oslo and Padova helps us to assess what works well and what needs to be improved, and to learn how technologies can be effectively integrated in working processes.

 

Demonstrators outside the Oslo City Hall

 

In the Oslo live exercise, the SOC staff needed to prepare for a cyber-attack discovered on the dark web, interpret signals of possible unrest detected on social media, analyse unexpected anomalies in public transport movements, respond to a person with a weapon in the middle of a demonstration outside the City Hall, and finally contain a biological attack on the City Hall and manage the subsequent evacuation.

 

Narration being given on the balcony by Matthieu Branlat (SINTEF)

 

The ‘gunman’ being arrested

 

The exercise was followed by a de-brief session where all participants were invited to provide feedback on the IMPETUS solution and make suggestions for how it could be improved.  They also provided feedback on the live exercise itself and proposed ideas for how to plan the next live exercise in Padova.

 

Magnus Devik Borge (City of Oslo) in one of the de-briefing sessions

 

The day ended with an informal poster/demo session that provided detailed demonstrations of the tools and Practitioners Guides.  External guests could move freely between the “stations”, and there were many fruitful one-on-one dialogues between external guests and project members. 

 

 

The poster/demo session

 

Thanks to the good preparation and involvement of both the IMPETUS team and the City of Oslo staff, and to the valuable contributions of our very helpful external guests, we consider that the event was highly successful in promoting the IMPETUS approach while also helping the project team learn of things that need to be improved.

The next live exercise is planned for October in the city of Padova in Italy.

 

Acceptance Pilot in Padova

 

Acceptance Pilot in Padova

1,2,3 December 2021

 

On December 1-3, Padova hosted the second Acceptance Pilot of IMPETUS Project: just one month after the Oslo AP. All the Partners were remarkable in making this pivotal step forward in terms of significance of the tools and usability of the IMPETUS platform.

The main objectives of the AP in Padova have been:

  • improving the awareness of the local stakeholders;
  • involving the right end-users;
  • testing all the tools;
  • collecting more feedback, ideas, comments and any other contributions to go with the developments.

The Municipality of Padua welcomed the IMPETUS partners and took part in the exercises and test with great enthusiasm.

The tests were all successful: they were undertaken in different locations, some combining different tools at the same time:

  • 3 cybersecurity tools were tested in the IT department,
  • 3 other tools in the Local Police SOC, and
  • the remaining 3 involved end users with different skills and duties.

The potential of IMPETUS platform and the Partners' tools to improve security in public spaces has clearly impressive – even if there is still work to be done.

For the citizens, the most spectacular simulation was the one undertaken in the crowded main square of Padua, Piazza dei Signori. The guns, blank shots, firecrackers, rumbles and red smoke "terrified" the 80 volunteers who had to get out from the proposed mini-square, acting as normal citizens facing those dangers.

At the end of the event, the Partners had the chance to visit the Scrovegni Chapel by Giotto, one of the most amazing pieces of art in the world (for which Padova has been awarded as an UNESCO heritage site).

With another step ahead made, the Consortium won't stop working hard to get to the final Live Exercises!

 

Oslo AP: A major milestone in IMPETUS

A major milestone in IMPETUS...

 

 

 

From 3 to 5 November 2021, the City of Oslo was host to the first Acceptance Pilot. As the first face-to-face meeting since the start of the IMPETUS Project, this was an auspicious occasion and celebrated by all who attended. It was a success on all levels, for all participants!

 

   

 

Those that attended got the chance to delve into IMPETUS tools and gain a deeper understanding of what the platform can do already, but also what it can do in the future.  This meeting gave partners the opportunity to demonstrate their tools and technologies in practical situations. A live demo of the Weapons Detection tool was also on show, and undoubtedly added to the excitement of this momentous occasion.

  

  

 

Having been in mainly virtual meetings up until recently, this Acceptance Pilot gave partners the time to get to know and understand each other - an aspect of the project that we had not yet be able to do. The project dinner on Thursday (4 November) evening was the opportune time for everyone to mingle. There were many smiling faces and lively conversations going on. This Oslo Acceptance Pilot has certainly set the bar for the next one in Padova.

 

 

 

As Joe (Project Coordinator) put it: "I think we can now say that we really are a team".