Project Members:

Dr Christen Mueller-Tomfelde (Project Manager, )

ANDS Contact:

Andrew Treloar (

Project Status:


Biosecurity Collaboration Platform (BCP) Project


Project Description:

The aim of this project is to implement a biosecurity collaboration platform (BCP) at CSIRO's Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL) to assist in the flow of complex information across the containment barrier from a variety of data sources including pathology and microscopy systems, live in-vivo animal experimental data (e.g., heart rates) and data from simulation models and historical information in both visual and written form. The collaboration platform will provide video conferencing and shared displays, as well as integrate critical technology platforms (microscopy, pathology, software applications) into a common, shared visual workspace. Following the successful implementation of the collaboration platform at the AAHL facility, additional nodes will be implemented within state government departments that collaborate with AAHL on biosecurity research and emergency response. This platform is expected to have broader applicability within the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) Australian Biosecurity Information Network

* A high-resolution multi-site video collaboration platform providing application and data sharing, including information from instruments.

* Deployment of the BCP at the Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL), on either side of the bio-containment barrier.

* Deployment at DAFF in Canberra and CSIRO Coopers Plains (QLD) for use by Chief Veterinary Officers (CVO) of Australia and Queensland.

* Enables AAHL staff to meet, collaborate and share information more easily across the bio-containment barrier.

* Provides a pilot system for national meetings, research collaboration and biosecurity emergency response. The aim is to roll out the BCP for use by all agencies involved in the Consultative Committee on Emergency Animal Disease that provides national biosecurity emergency response.