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06 5 2014

Maritime Information Services Conference – Spring 2014

27 - 29 May 2014, the "Spring 2014 MIS Conference" was held at the NATO Maritime Interdiction Operational Training Centre in Chania Greece, on the isle of Crete. The Agency participated at the Conference with representation from Maritime Command and Control Information System, Project TRITON and CIS Support Unit Northwood.

The Maritime Information Services Conference (MISC) is a formally constituted forum with the NATO Maritime Information Service (MIS) Community of Interest (COI). The aim of the MISC is continuous involvement of the MIS COI in the management of the Maritime Command and Control Information System (MCCIS), the Maritime Situational Awareness (MSA) Prototype and Future Maritime Information Services (FMIS) to be implemented as Project TRITON. MISC, chaired by ACT, consists of representatives from NATO Nations and NATO Commands and organizations.

Life Cycle Working Group, Users Group and Technical Working Group discussed MCCIS and Project TRITON thoroughly. First Stage Authorisation of Project TRITON was granted on 27 May 2014, the first day of the conference, giving the community the ability to discuss the near term project schedule and agree on workshop dates.

A number of presentations related to MCCIS were provided informing the community about recent developments and sustainment options for the future. These options were discussed in further detail during the Technical Working Group. During the second day of the conference, the first workshop for Project TRITON was held to discuss and agree the project high-level requirements as the basis for the follow-on IFB preparations.

On the third day, each working group presented the outcome of their deliberations and a recommended way ahead. In conclusion, the Chairman stated that the NCI Agency vision of the technical approach for Project TRITON and MCCIS sustainment combined with the active participation of the NATO maritime community provided a good level of confidence for the future.