The world is rapidly changing. More and more data is available through sensors, smartphones, drones and satellites. And the use of the Internet and social media results in more information being shared. We are now generating exponentially more data from more sources than a few years ago – and the volume of data generated continues to grow. Creating many opportunities to make our society more secure. However, this data can only create added value when brought together, analysed and interpreted.


These developments require new ways of cooperation. The ongoing increase in gathering information necessitates novel concepts of processing these data. Using data effectively requires (automated) processes to structure, verify, sort, combine and interpret it. Algorithms for pattern recognition must be further developed. Data and sources will need to be qualified, validated, verified and reliability established to get a reliable Common Operational Picture.