Bringing Together Key Stakeholders in Washington State’s Puget Sound

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MOISA, CoSSSaR, and Project Interoperability

Puget Sound is a complex and connected system of waterways and communities in Northwest Washington State.  The area covers 1,000 square miles, and contributes more than 148,000 jobs and $30 billion to the economy. Comprising seven ports, and an international border the vast area is protected and represented by numerous federal state, local, tribal, international, public and private entities.  Ensuring the security and flow of commerce for Puget Sound is vitally important to not only the region, but the nation.

The challenge is obvious: How can we best ensure effective information sharing across so much space and among so many stakeholders?

With federal funding and support from PM-ISE, the Department of Homeland Security, and the National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office, in August 2015, the University of Washington began studying how security information is shared among Puget Sound’s stakeholders.  Dubbed the Maritime Operational Information Sharing Analysis or MOISA project, security experts spent two years examining current practices and information sharing challenges facing Puget Sound community.  

Recognizing the opportunity to improve national security based on the findings of MOISA, the University established a new research center at the University of Washington is working with the Puget Sound community and government partners to understand and support the information sharing requirements to deliver round-the-clock security and safety services.

With additional federally funding and support, the University of Washington established the Center for Collaborative Systems for Security, Safety and Regional Resilience (CoSSaR) an organization to lead innovation in key ISE areas, including the design, development and use of collaborative systems that support regional operations for security, safety and resilience.

CoSSaR’s work will identify opportunities to improve information sharing through better resource allocation, policy, and technical solutions – specifically those promoted by the Standards Coordinating Council.  In time, CoSSaR’s findings will help move forward ‘Project Interoperability,’ a key information sharing concept that encourages communities of interest to leverage ‘out of the box’ solutions to information sharing challenges. 

Read more about CoSSaR’s work and the MOISA project at http://www.hcde.washington.edu/research/labs/cossar