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TESS platform

The purpose of TESS (Training and Education Support System) is to support managing the GoGIN Training and Education activities. In addition, TESS shall also support managing the human resources of the Yaoundé architecture, the lessons learned during operational activities and training sessions, and the community of maritime security professionals in the GoG. After the GoGIN project is over, TESS will continue supporting the Yaoundé Architecture Education and Training activities, as developed during the GoGIN project.

TESS shall be used, over the internet, by up to 27 maritime operations centres in the 19 countries in the region of the Gulf of Guinea (GoG). In addition, TESS shall be used in 3 universities in the region, both by country delegates who attend or have attended training in the framework of the Yaoundé structure and by members of the training and education team of the GoGIN project. The community of potential TESS users comprises presently around 1500 persons.

The system shall be developed and supported, iteratively and incrementally, in three different phases. In the first phase, an initial operational capability (IOC) shall be developed and deployed. In the second phase the system final operational capability (FOC) shall be deployed. Finally, in the third phase, the system shall be used, supported and improved as needed. The system is expected to start being used operationally after the first phase is completed, when the most relevant features will already be implemented.

The consortium Edisoft-EDUDigital, selected through an international procurement process, have started the development of TESS in collaboration with regional communities and the YA centres.