sa.FIRE : Secure Information Sharing


Financial Services, Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals, Information & Communications Technologies

About Opportunity

sa.FIRE has been designed to be a completely integrated platform for the creation of an information sharing policy and its review, modelling, implementation and auditing. Central to the core architecture principle within sa.FIRE is the SPoC (Single Point-of-Contact) which is a locked-down gateway for each information-sharing request between two domains, where multiple gateways can therefore exist for each information sharing agreement. 

The figure above outlines the basic architecture of the system, where the SPoCs are 

  • used as the single way to go from one domain to another
  • configured so that they understand the roles and organisational structure of the two domains and how information should be shared between them 

This architecture ensures that there is no direct access to the data storage within each of the systems, protecting the data at source and ensuring no unauthorised copies are made, and also ensures that all access is well-managed and audited for requests. 

Information is shared between domains, through the definition of policies based on roles or individuals within each SPoC. For example, within Figure 1, police access to information held within Organisation A is defined within Organisation A’s SPoC and when a request is made by an individual police employee to access information, authorisation and authentication takes place at the local SPoC, based on the credentials presented by the Police domain.

A key innovation within sa.FIRE is the definition of rights between domains as a model which can then be implemented effectively between those domains. With this the rights to access from external domains, such as from social care to health care, can be defined using a governance policy.

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Key Benefits

  • Ability to share information securely within or across domains
  • Strong governance framework to ensure no unauthorised access
  • Adherence to compliance and policy standards through a strong governance framework
  • More effective joint services delivered based on cross party information sharing
  • Collaboration between organisations enabling improved joint development and research


  • Health Care
  • Social Care
  • Police
  • Hi-Tech organisations

IP Status

ENU is now building sa.FIRE solutions for deployment in public and private sector scenario’s, allowing organisations to experience the benefits of the information sharing architecture and working with the university to evaluate and jointly develop the future roadmap of the technology.

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  • Cyber-Security
    Electronic information now plays a vital role in almost every aspect of our daily lives. So the need for a secure and trustworthy online infrastructure is more important than ever. without it, not only the growth of the internet but our personal interactions and the economy itself could be at risk.
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