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YARIS (Yaounde Architecture Regional Information Sharing)

The purpose of the YARIS platform is to support the maritime operations in the Gulf of Guinea (GoG). Particularly, YARIS will enable all operations centres and organizations that are part of the Yaoundé architecture to compile, analyse and exchange relevant information with each other in a standardized, efficient and effective manner. After the GoGIN project is over, YARIS will continue supporting the Yaoundé Architecture maritime operations, as developed during the GoGIN project.

Primarily, YARIS shall be used, over the internet, by the Yaoundé architecture operations centres. These are up to 27 maritime operations centres in the 19 countries in the region of the GoG. Then, YARIS may also be used by up to 10 additional national operations centres in each of the 19 countries. Overall, the operational instance of YARIS is expected to be used be used by up to 3500 users in the region of the GoG.

YARIS shall also be used for education and training purposes. The education and training instance of YARIS shall be used in 3 universities in the region, by country delegates who attend training in the framework of the Yaoundé structure, and by members of the training and education team of the GoGIN project.

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 development of YARIS is entrusted to the Zertive / Xsealance / SplendidAdvice consortium, following the international tender launched in October 2019. The consortium presented the current status of development on March 19, 2020 (see below).