The government announced this Thursday that the military’s communications networks will be used to improve the “resilience and availability” of the Integrated System of Emergency and Security Networks in Portugal (SIRESP).
“The government will strengthen interoperability between civilian emergency communications networks and security services and state military communications networks. It is designed to improve the resiliency and availability of the SIRESP network. facilitating operational cooperation and networking, as well as joint action by all entities linked in this system,” the government said in a statement.
In this regard, the communiqué states: a working group among state bodies was created with experience in emergency and security operations, as well as in critical communications.
The working group was created by a joint order signed by Minister of National Defense Helena Carreiras, Minister of the Interior José Luis Carneiro and Secretary of State for Digitalization and Administrative Modernization Mario Campolargo.
According to a joint statement by the ministries of the interior and national defense, the president of the company that manages SIRESP, Paulo Viegas Nunez, is coordinating this team, which includes representatives from the General Secretariat of the Ministry of National Defense, the General Secretariat of the Ministry. National Internal Affairs Directorate, National Security Administration, National Cyber Security Center, National Emergency and Civil Protection Administration, General Staff of the Armed Forces, GNR and PSP.
Both ministries say the working group should develop and submit to the authorities within 10 days a concept of operations “to improve the resilience and availability of uninterrupted and redundant operation of the SIRESP network.”
This group is also responsible for “ensuring the interoperability and integrated, secure and fault-tolerant functioning of various interconnected networks and systems, preserving their technical specificity and functional requirements”, “exploring synergy and interagency cooperation in terms of the use of networks, systems and facilities in the context of Civil Protection , security and defense” and “analyze the possibility of transferring currently privately owned CIRESP resources and facilities to public infrastructures and ensuring the necessary security requirements.”
“The mission entrusted to the working group, along with the tender announced in June for the operation and maintenance of SIRESP, improves the availability, security and resiliency of the SIRESP network,” the government said in a statement.
According to the order, the work of the working group is completed by “full implementation of the concept and model of interaction between SIRESP and other communication systems.”
SIRESP is a nationally covered emergency and security communications network used by the military, security forces and services, civil protection, and firefighters, among others.
In turn, the Armed Forces’ communications networks could be set up as “backup communications” for military support missions in civil emergencies, the report said.
In June, the Government announced an international public tender for the provision of SIRESP services, consisting of seven lots and costing 75 million euros for five years.
On Monday, SIRESP SA announced that the first batch of tender for the provision of CIRESP emergency network services was awarded to Motorola🇧🇷
From July 1, 2021, a transitional management model for this emergency communication system is in effect, which lasts 18 months, ending on December 31 of the current year. This contract was entered into by direct agreement for reasons of urgency.
At that time, the Accounts Chamber warned of the need to launch the public procurement procedure in a timely manner in order to prevent a repetition of the urgent conditions that led to the direct award.
In this sense, the international public tender should be completed before the end of the year.