Industry Specification Group (ISG) on European Common Information Sharing Environment Service and Data Model (CDM) Activity Report 2023

Chair: Paolo Pagano, CNIT*

Developing technical specifications to provide a universal data and service model that serves as a reference for all cross-sectoral and cross-border information exchange between European public authorities.

The Common Information Sharing Environment (CISE) is an EU initiative towards an Integrated Maritime Surveillance, aiming to make EU/EEA Member States surveillance systems interoperable and to give all concerned authorities from different sectors access to information they need to conduct missions at sea. Its primary objective is to generate a situational awareness of activities at sea, impacting on the seven maritime sectors – Maritime Safety & Security, Border Control, Maritime Pollution & Marine Environment Protection, Fisheries Control, Customs, General Law Enforcement and Defence – as well as on the economic interests of the EU.

ETSI’s Industry Specification Group on European Common Information Sharing Environment Service and Data Model (ISG CDM) is developing a consistent set of technical specifications that allow data exchange among different legacy systems within the European CISE framework.

Through the standardization of the CISE architecture, as well as the data and service models, the work of ISG CDM enables user communities, member states, public authorities or EU agencies to facilitate information exchange between all parties, and also to promote the European Maritime Security Strategy.

This work accordingly sees ISG CDM interact regularly with other bodies, notably EC JRC (European Commission - Joint Research Centre) and EMSA (European Maritime Safety Agency).

Starting from 2021 the standardization activities are considering the Use Cases related to the Land Surveillance domain as well. The Work Items in progress thus consider on one hand the comprehensive review of the first bundle of standards (Release 1, already published) that are focusing on the maritime case, and the land border domain extension (Release 2) on the other hand.

A notable activity (mapped to STF 637) is tackling the design and development of a Testing Platform, and the technical assessment of the developed tools together with a comprehensive Test Suite for conformance testing (Release 1). STF 672, in contrast, is focused on the data model for the Release 2.

Moreover in 2023 new Work Items have been approved in data model ontology and cybersecurity (jointly with other ETSI committees).

New publications in 2023 are the following:

  • A revision of GS CDM 002 (V2.1.1) of its Group Specification on Release 2 System Requirements definition, with requirements based on operational use cases (including land border use cases) described in ETSI GR CDM 001 (V2.1.1).
  • A new Group Report (GR CDM 008 V1.1.1) that describes the implementation of the ETSI CDM Testing Platform for conformance and interoperability testing of the IUTs (Implementations Under Test), i.e. the candidate nodes and adaptors. It describes instantiation procedures of the user tenants for testing purposes, as well as the configuration of both hardware and software components.

Throughout 2023, the development (and/or revision) of other existing specifications and associated group deliverables notably included:

  • GS CDM 003 – Architecture, including Common & Core Services (Release 1 & 2)
  • GS CDM 004 – CDM protocols (Release 1 and 2)
  • GS CDM 005 – Data model (Release 1 and 2)
  • GS CDM 007 – Conformance test specifications for CISE Node (Release 1)
  • GR CDM 009 – CISE validation test suite (Release 1)
  • GS CDM 010 – Extension of Smart Applications REFerence (SAREF) ontology for maritime domain (new activity)
  • GR CDM 011 – Security requirements and risk analysis for CISE (new activity)

See the full list of ISG CDM Work Items currently in development here.

* Credit to Bernhard Wehner (BMWK) as ISG CDM Chair from 2021 to 2023.