The Bosnia and Herzegovina Ministry of Defence has received a operations and command system from HP Enterprise Services to support its military organisation and manage civil emergency response priorities.

The system, called BiHOCS, will enable the ministry to coordinate emergency and peace support operations by identifying, tracking and managing military resources.

The BiHOCS system was part of a two-phase US Defense Information Systems Agency-funded Encore contract, under which, HP was responsible for the design, preparation, deployment, implementation, integration and sustainment of the operation and command system.

HP also worked during the implementation phase to deliver the network, collaboration applications, supporting infrastructure, end-user equipment and administrator trainings needed to deploy a successful centre.

The new operations centre will provide command and control for the military forces tasked with missions including crisis management, operations management for peace support and monitoring regular daily operations as well as defence activities within the country.

HP Enterprise Services senior vice-president Dennis Stolkey said the operational control system (OCS) provides BiHMoD with the tools needed to effectively manage critical operations during emergency situations.

Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Defence Minister Dr Selmo Cikotic said the operations centre for command and control is the first of its kind in the country.