Cameroon coastal surveillance centres ready to use YARIS information sharing platform

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Le groupe des participants à la formation avancée à YARIS, Douala, Avril 2021

[Douala 9 April 2021] The Head of the Transmission-Electronics-Computing Office of the Cameroonian Navy Staff chaired the closing ceremony of the YARIS platform (Yaoundé Architecture Regional Information System) advanced training programme, held at the seat of COSCO Douala, 9 April 2021.

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From 29 March to 9 April, twenty participants from the Marine staff and three of the operational coastal surveillance centres (COSCO Douala, Kribi and Limbe) received advanced training on YARIS, delivered by a mixed team formed of three instructors from GoGIN and from the ICC (Interregional Coordination Centre)

The aim of in-person training is to give staff working in maritime centres the opportunity to use YARIS in an operational context. Delivered in this manner the entirety of the platform’s features are showcased and centres are supported in integrating this tool into their own operational procedures. Participants are put in a position to work on fictitious scenarios on different topics (combatting maritime pollution, illegal fisheries, tracking contacts of interest or responding to acts of piracy..) in order to facilitate the appropriation and integration of YARIS and to measure its value in daily missions.

Cdr Honoré TIENTCHEU, Head of the Office at the Cameroonian Navy Staff, was able to follow the advanced training and observed that:

“The YARIS tool truly meets an expectation which is inherent to the implementation of the Yaoundé Architecture, since it concretely provides the capacity to share information between all the entities (the Maritime Operations Centres) in an extremely smooth and precise way. In addition, it provides flexibility in the monitoring of daily activities by giving the possibility to choose what to broadcast. Finally, it is a collaborative working tool that facilitates real-time coordination of maritime operations at various levels. I look forward to seeing it in production, and I hope it will be adopted by all stakeholders, because I am convinced that it will bring a significant change in the way we work, with of course the online target, improving security in our maritime areas.

In the coming weeks this personalised support will be rolled out by a mixed pool of trainers (GoGIN and YA centres) in the Zone D Maritime Multinational Centre of Coordination (MMCC / D), in Benin, Cape Verde, Ivory Coast, Gabon, Guinea, Senegal, Sao Tomé & Principe.

In time, trained teams will be able to use the YARIS platform to ensure on a daily basis, improved maritime surveillance, sharing of operational or institutional information, and effective coordination of operations when necessary.

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