Capability Gaps


International Forum to Advance First Responder Innovation focuses on enhancing and expanding the development of affordable technology and innovative solutions to improve first responder safety, efficiency and effectiveness

Capability Gaps
IFAFRI has identified 10 areas where new or improved technologies could greatly enhance the safety, effectiveness and efficiency of the world’s first responders.
Deep Dive Analyses explore each of these Common Global Capability Gaps by providing an overview of the innovation needs along with information on the relevant markets. Operational requirements for prospective solutions are set out in the corresponding Statements of Objectives (SOO) documents.
Please use the "Propose a solution" button to provide non-proprietary information about a potential solution that meets some or all requirements of one of the IFAFRI Common Global Capability Gaps. The SOO document for each gap provides a list of requirements that have been validated by emergency responders in IFAFRI member countries. The forms are specifically correlated to the gap requirements as described in the SOO document. You are encouraged to review this document first to better understand the requirements for each gap.
The intent of the "Propose a solution" form is to identify potential solutions that may address all or part of the gaps. Information provided will also be used internally to assess the state of technology with regard to the gaps or specific requirements. Information will be shared only among IFAFRI government points of contract and staff. With the approval of the developer, some solutions may be described in the IFAFRI newsletter or be presented at the Technology Showcase.
Real-time tracking of responders

Capability gap 1: The ability to know the location of responders and their proximity to threats and hazards in real time
Real-time detection, monitoring and analysis of threats and hazards

Capability gap 2: The ability to detect, monitor and analyze passive and active threats and hazards at scenes in real time
Rapid identification

Capability gap 3: The ability to rapidly identify hazardous agents and contaminants
Integration of information

Capability gap 4: The ability to incorporate information from multiple and nontraditional sources into incident command operations
Interoperable communications

Capability gap 5: The ability to maintain interoperable communications with responders in any environmental conditions
Remote acquisition of information

Capability gap 6: The ability to obtain critical information remotely about the extent, perimeter, or interior of the incident
Remote operations

Capability gap 7: The ability to conduct on-scene operations remotely without endangering responders
Responder health

Capability gap 8: The ability to monitor the physiological signs of emergency responders
Actionable intelligence

Capability gap 9: The ability to create actionable intelligence based on data and information from multiple sources
Protective equipment

Capability gap 10: The ability to provide appropriate and advanced personal protective equipment

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