The LifeWatch General Assembly (GA) invited the newly appointed LifeWatch ERIC Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Christos Arvanitidis, to visit all national LifeWatch nodes. The first step on this tour was Belgium, so on Tuesday 18 June our CEO, accompanied by Juan Miguel González-Aranda, interim Chief Technical Officer (CTO) of LifeWatch ERIC, visited LifeWatch Belgium, at the premises of a principal partner, the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ).
LifeWatch ERIC is a geographically distributed infrastructure consisting of three common facilities (the Statutory Seat & ICT Core, the Service Centre and the VLab & Innovation Centre), and several Distributed Centers which contribute with in-kind activities on top of the states' in-cash contributions. Therefore, LifeWatch CEO's visits are of a particular importance as they are truly an opportunity to reinforce the level of engagement and synergy of National Centres within infrastructure and in its core activities.
At the heart of this visit, the LifeWatch ERIC CEO stated there is the need to set a general framework in formalizing a Service Level Agreement (SLA) between LifeWatch Belgium and LifeWatch ERIC, thus providing a first example in this sense.
Each national Distributed Centre needs to develop and sign a Service Level Agreement with LifeWatch ERIC. Each SLA shall detail the functional relationship between each national node and LifeWatch ERIC: what in-kind contributions is the Distributed Centre offering and where the Distributed Centre fits into the organisational structure and the Strategic Plan of LifeWatch ERIC.
"It has truly been a pleasure for me coming to Belgium today," the CEO added, "LifeWatch ERIC would not be the same without the huge efforts of LifeWatch Belgium and I am glad of having the chance to meet with the people who are working hardly every day to make it possible. My special thanks go to our current GA chair, Gert Verreet, (Department of Economy, Science and Innovation – EWI), for his dedication and commitment".