Risk Assessment and Horizon Scanning (RAHS) system & RAHS Experimentation Centre
Introduction

RAHS system, or risk assessment and horizon scanning system augments human analytical process to better monitor past and present trends as well as data to detect potential threats such as terrorist attacks and disease pandemics. RAHS aims to help the analyst to quickly identify early warning indicators of major turning events so that policy makers can be alerted of potential threats to Singapore's national security environment.

Technology is the key enabler of the RAHS system. Working closely with National Security Coordination Centre, Defence Science & Technology Agency (DSTA) plays the role as the overall system integrator and provider of technical know-how for the system. Besides harnessing advanced RAHS technology, DSTA also leverages its network of technological partners to develop the Singapore RAHS system. The first prototype of the system will be demonstrated at the Technology Showcase, held in conjunction with the International RAHS Symposium.

Key benefits of the RAHS system
  • Connect silos by facilitating multi-agency collaboration through a Networked Government 
  • Augments the quality of analysis work by automating the tedious aspects of research so that the analyst can focus on reviewing data and identifying developing patterns 
  • Aids in the interpretation of content from open domains and sources 
  • Foster a culture of perspective sharing rather than data sharing as diverging perspectives may potentially signify possible threats
RAHS Experimentation Centre (REC)

To better meet the RAHS technological R&D requirements, the RAHS Experimentation Centre (REC), will be launched in mid 2007. The centre will be managed by DSTA to explore and test new concepts, methods and technologies. A series of experiments have been lined up for the REC. Areas of relevance will cover maritime security, cultural and social domains as well as disease pandemics. The experiments will involve government agencies, universities, and industry partners both local and overseas.

With the establishment of the REC, Singapore will function as a useful test bed and collaborative partner with the private sector, in the development and sharing of RAHS concepts and technologies.

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