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EDA Spotlight: CBRN Surveillance as a Service (CBRN SaaS)

Members of the Slovenian CBRN Decontamination Unit work with U.S. CBRN forces to search a cave during a simulated CBRN contamination during Allied Spirit VI at Joint Multinational Readiness Center, Hohenfels Training Area, Germany. Photo: Sgt. William Frye

CBRN Surveillance as a Service (CBRN SaaS) aims for an especially important goal: to come up with concepts for combining and integrating commercial and military off-the-shelf components onto unmanned aerial and ground vehicles in order to detect and identify Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) threats and create a recognized CBRN picture.

Launched in 2018, CBRN SaaS brings together Austria, as the lead country, with four European Defence Agency (EDA) Member States: Croatia, France, Hungary and Slovenia.

With prototyping pegged for 2023, the project will demonstrate the viability of a rapidly deployable, 24/7 CBRN surveillance plug-in module to augment a common operational picture. It will benefit either military or civil security users, and thus can be used across a wide range of missions.

A crucial technical challenge will be to ensure that future capabilities emerging from the project are interoperable with national legacy CBRN surveillance systems.

CBRN SaaS’s main deliverables will be a technological demonstrator that provides a proof of concept; a roadmap identifying what future modules could be developed; a concept of operations; and a service availability concept to reach the full operational capability.

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