A real-time platform (RTP) is a system used to manage data and information in radiological and nuclear emergencies, and to potentially support decisions on protective actions. In order to gain a better understanding of the real-time platforms used in NEA member countries, the Expert Group on the Use of Real-Time Platforms (EGRT) initiated and distributed an online survey in February 2022.
The survey, which took responses until 1 April 2022, has two main objectives:
- To make an inventory of existing RTPs used by countries for the preparedness and response to radiological and nuclear emergencies;
- To identify the requirements and barriers of RTPs in order to facilitate cross-border and regional information exchange, and to harmonise and co-ordinate decisions on protective or remedial actions.
The survey is divided into four sections covering:
- Designation - country information on the use of the RTPs;
- Technical information - development and maintenance of the RTPs;
- Content - data and information available on the RTPs;
- International exchanges - cross-border arrangements with other countries and international organisations.
The outputs of the survey will provide the basis for the EGRT final report on the use of existing real-time platforms in NEA member countries, which is due to be completed by the end of 2022.