Expanding Scientific Cooperation
The NATO-Russia Council Science for Peace and Security Committee met in Brussels on 25 March 2013. Science and security is a growing field of NATO-Russia cooperation. The committee discussed the rapidly expanding Telemedicine initiative, as well as counter-terrorism cooperation through the STANDEX project, a jointly-developed technology to detect concealed explosives from a distance.
NRC representatives also discussed the details of the 2013-2015 Action Plan for the NRC Science for Peace and security Committee, which will set out a framework of future cooperation on scientific projects. The meeting was attended by the Romanian Vice-Minister of Health Dr. Raed Arafat, who briefed the Committee on the conclusions of the telemedicine advanced research workshop held in Moscow.
Standoff Detection of Explosives (STANDEX)
STANDEX is a pioneering technology created by an NRC-sponsored consortium that can detect concealed explosives from a distance. The STANDEX technology has the potential to be deployed in public transport systems in all NRC nations, directly combating the threat of terrorism. The project will reach its completion this year with the Big City Trial taking place in June.
A two day telemedicine workshop was held in Moscow on 11 -12 March 2013. The event was the second of a series of two workshops in the framework of the NATO-Russia Council. 60 participants from 17 different nations took part in this initiative led by Romania and the Russian Federation, supported by the NATO Science for Peace and Security programme.
The first workshop was held in Bucharest, Romania in September 2012 when all participants agreed that it would be worthwhile to continue the dialogue and proceed to work towards a multinational disaster response network.
Telemedicine uses video, telecommunications and internet connections to enable doctors or specialists to treat a patient even when they are separated by great distance, which is particularly useful for patients in remote locations, or when specialist expertise is not available locally. The outcome of these two workshops was the decision to develop a multi-year SPS project that would enable a multinational capability to reduce the impact of disasters on the health of the affected population and to help to rapidly recover from the disaster. This will allow NRC nations to share expertise and pool resources to provide more efficient and more effective medical treatment.