Overview of the GIN Platform

The Common Information Platform for Natural Hazards (GIN) combines all available data on natural hazards in Switzerland in a user-friendly map application. The platform provides all relevant agencies with a comprehensive centralised resource for early detection and management of natural hazards. Fee-based data is provided free of charge to crisis management teams on the platform.

Extreme weather events such as storms, flooding and avalanches can never be accurately predicted. Federal, cantonal and local safety experts often find themselves having to decide on protective measures under great time pressure. In doing so, they rely on a wide range of information such as water level and flow measurements, weather and hazard forecasts and much more. Since early summer 2017, this information is available centrally to experts via the Confederation's Common Information Platform for Natural Hazards (GIN).

Key features

Broadening the horizons of cooperation
An internationally unique data sharing project for the purpose of protecting the public.

Usability
The comprehensive body of data is easily accessible to the diverse target group.

Data visualisation
The data is visualised on a map but can also be presented in the form of diagrams or tables.

Preparing for emergencies
The GIN platform supports natural hazard experts in preparing for natural disasters by creating data files for all conceivable scenarios.

Data sharing
Data files can be shared with other users via the GIN platform, thus facilitating collaboration within crisis management teams.

Technically sophisticated
The GIN platform is designed for high availability and is capable of publishing vast amounts of data in real time.

Multilingual
The GIN platform is available in five languages: German, French, Italian, Romansh and English.


Target group
The GIN platform was designed for natural hazard experts and is currently available only to them.

 

Data used for decision-making

In order to be able to protect the population, crisis teams need information on the situation in the field. The GIN platform provides all the necessary information centrally:

  • Real-time measurement data from 1,200 weather stations, 300 water-monitoring stations and 150 snow-monitoring stations
  • Weather forecasts and predicted water levels and flows
  • Earthquakes with expert assessments
  • Imaging data such as satellite images or precipitation radar
  • Natural hazard warnings
  • Situation assessments by experts provided in bulletins

 

Indirect network effect 

The value of individual data increases when data is aggregated.

The GIN platform is used by: 

  • Emergency services
  • Civil defence personnel
  • Armed forces
  • Cantonal specialist staff
  • Natural hazard advisors to municipalities
  • Regional management staff
  • Mountain railway operators
  • Private engineering firms 

Data visualisation 

Measurement data is displayed on maps for an instant overview. Interactive diagrams and tables are available for all parameters, and measurement-data and forecast animations are available via timeline navigation controls. The data is brought to the fore by a discreet user interface design: the focus is on data visualisation, allowing the beaming of live images in the control room.

1 - Data selection and legend in one (element can be displayed or hidden)
2 - Data displayed on maps or in the form of diagram and tables
3 - Timeline navigation
4 - Views saved provide quick access to diagrams and tables

Technologie 

If one of the two redundant data centres fails, the GIN platform can still handle the expected maximum load at an impressive speed. The data delivered is processed on dedicated instances in order to ensure a constantly high front-end performance.

  • The internet of things at its best: almost live data from monitoring stations across Switzerland provided every 10 minutes;
  • High availability (99.9%);
  • Service times: 24/7;
  • Good performance despite vast amounts of data (2.7 GB per day);
  • Innovative end-to-end monitoring with bots that automatically monitor the flow of data at the monitoring stations;
  • Developed and run on open-source software.

 

Last modification 04.01.2019

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Contact

GIN Secretariat

c/o Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN)
3000 Bern
Switzerland

info@gin.admin.ch

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https://www.info.gin.admin.ch/content/bafu_gin/en/home/gin/overview.html