European Research Projects
Additess has successfully participated in several European-funded Research Projects (FP7, Horizon 2020, Horizon Europe) covering the areas of security policies, transportation security, border management, critical infrastructure protection, etc.
Smart cities have frontline responsibility to ensure a secure and safe physical and digital ecosystem promoting cohesive and sustainable urban development for the well-being of EU citizens. S4AllCities integrates advanced technological and organizational solutions in a market-oriented unified Cyber–Physical Security Management framework, aiming at raising the resilience of cities’ infrastructures, services, ICT systems, IoT and fostering intelligence and information sharing among city’s security stakeholders. Three pilot cases, with the engagement of a total of 5 cities in 4 countries (Spain, Romania, Czech Republic, Greece), enable S4ALLCITIES System of Systems to deploy and validate its intelligent components and functionalities in an actual environment, ensuring the delivery of solutions and services in line with smart cities emerging requirements, focused on: risk-based open smart spaces security management; cyber security shielding; suspicious activity and behavior tracking; identification of unattended objects; real-time estimation of cyber-physical risks in multiple locations and measures activation for effective crisis management.
The project will combine for the first time a multi-role lighter-than-air (LTA) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with an ultra-high resolution multi-sensor surveillance payload supporting border surveillance as well as search & rescue applications, and specifically rough terrain detection. The sensor payload will include synthetic aperture radar (SAR), shortwave/longwave infrared (SWIR/LWIR), acoustic cameras for direct target detection, as well as optical and hyperspectral cameras for indirect detection (via vegetation disturbance). The technology concepts will be validated in the field by 4 border police units (Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova) covering 3 major illegal migration routes into Europe (Eastern Mediterranean, Western Balkan, and Eastern Borders Routes), which represent 58% of all illegal border crossings detected and are also the most used for smuggling of drugs, weapons, and stolen vehicles.
The aim of the PERCEPTIONS project is to identify and understand the narratives and (mis-)perceptions of the EU abroad and assess potential issues related to the border and external security in order to allow better planning and outline reactions and countermeasures of illegal immigration. For that purpose, the project will conduct research on the narratives and the myths that are circulating about the EU in countries West- and Central Mediterranean area. Based on the research insights, the consortium will develop a PERCEPTIONS framework model including policy recommendations, action plans, and a policy.
MIICT is conceived with the goal of designing, developing, and deploying tools that address the challenge of migrant integration through the co-creation of improved ICT-enabled services with migrants, public sector services, and NGOs (Non- Governmental-Organisations). Previous research has established that issues of integration, dissemination, employment (and unemployment), incapacity support, and education rank highly among migrants of varying demographics; including different age groups, genders, education levels, and immigration status. Factors such as autonomy, perception, culture, and history, as well as institutional constraints, shape the dynamics and experiences of migrants and highlight the complexity of the migration process. This complexity is also said to indicate diversity in the migration and integration process as a result of the almost infinite combinations of factors that may impact upon migrants’ experiences; influenced by the relationships between the economic, social, political, and cultural factors that exist across a given juncture.
ROXANNE (Real time network, text, and speaker analytics for combating organized crime) is an EU-funded collaborative research and innovation project, aiming to unmask criminal networks and their members as well as to reveal the true identity of perpetrators by combining the capabilities of speech/language technologies and visual analysis with network analysis.
ROXANNE collaborates with Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs), industry, and researchers to develop new tools to speed up investigative processes and support LEA decision-making. The end product will be an advanced technology platform that uses new tools to uncover and track organized criminal networks, underpinned by a strong legal framework.
RESISTO platform is an innovative solution for Communication CI’s holistic situation awareness and enhanced resilience (aligned with ECSO objectives). Based on an Integrated Risk and Resilience analysis management and improvement process availing all resilience cycle phases (prepare, prevent, detect, absorb, etc.) and technical resilience capabilities (sense, model, infer, act, adopt). RESISTO implements an innovative Decision Support System to protect communication infrastructures from combined cyber-physical threats exploiting the Software Defined Security model on a suite of state-of-the-art cyber/physical security components (Blockchain, Machine Learning, IoT security, Airborne threat detection, holistic audio-video analytics) and services (Responsible Disclosure Framework) for detection and reaction in presence of attacks or natural disasters.
The CYBER-TRUST project aims to develop an innovative cyber-threat intelligence gathering, detection, and mitigation platform to tackle the grand challenges of securing the ecosystem of IoT devices. The security problems arising from the flawed design of legacy hardware and embedded devices allow cyber-criminals to easily compromise them and launch large-scale attacks on critical cyber infrastructures. Novel technologies will be developed, based on distributed ledgers and blockchains, to monitor devices’ integrity state and network behavior that will considerably increase the detection and response capabilities against targeted and interdisciplinary cyber-attacks. In the case of alleged malicious activity, tools for collecting and storing forensic evidence on a tamper-proof blockchain structure will be delivered, taking into account the specific needs of law enforcement agencies. Privacy-preserving network monitoring and advanced virtual reality-based visualization techniques will be employed for quickly detecting botnets, DDoS attacks, and other incidents.
Duration: 48 months (12/14-11/18)
Secure and interoperable observation data and information management services using open standards shall be deployed in ZONeSEC with the aim of cost-effectively reusing them in the surveillance of many other European WideZones. These services are part of an advanced Knowledge Base (KB) and primarily focused on large-scale surveillance with high-performance detection of localized abnormal activities and alerts. Semantically enriched domain knowledge representations shall be stored in the KB for supporting high-level data fusion and reasoning with reduced uncertainties and false alerts. Surveillance professionals will securely subscribe to the scalable KB services of the ZONeSEC system of systems with customizable visualization features. Several pilots specializing in the detection of illegal unauthorized entrances to or trespassing premises; or actions to damage to or deployment of harmful devices on installations shall be fully demonstrated. These concern Water, Oil, and Transnational Gas Pipelines; Highways, and Rail tracks conveyed in six European countries.
Duration: 36 months (01/15-12/17)
The ARCADIA project aims to provide a novel reconfigurable design of highly distributed applications’ development paradigms over programmable infrastructure. The main objective is to facilitate application developers to develop software that is able to take advantage of the underlying infrastructure, while in parallel supporting the deployment and dynamic configuration of applications in an optimal and autonomic manner.
Duration: 36 months (06/15-05/18)
INSPEC2T projects’ scope is to develop a sustainable framework for Community Policing that effectively addresses and promotes seamless collaboration between the police and the community. INSPEC2T approach bases its conceptual foundations on EU crime prevention and Member States specific Internal Security Policies, validated research results, and best practices from cooperation between police and local, regional, and national communities. This is perceived as an origin to apprehend special characteristics, particularities, and determinants for trust between all stakeholders.
Duration: 36 months (06/15-05/18)
EU-CIRCLE’s scope is to derive an innovative framework for supporting the interconnected European Infrastructure’s resilience to climate pressures, supported by an end-to-end modeling environment where new analyses can be added anywhere along the analysis workflow and multiple scientific disciplines can work together to understand interdependencies, validate results, and present findings in a unified manner providing an efficient “Best of Breeds” solution of integrating into a holistic resilience model existing modeling tools and data in a standardized fashion.
Call: H2020-ICT- 2016-1
Duration: 36 months
The goal of PrEstoCloud is to make substantial research contributions in Cloud computing and real-time Big Data technologies in order to provide a dynamic, distributed architecture for proactive cloud resources management reaching the extreme edge of the network for efficient real-time big data processing and to deploy and validate it in several challenging, complementary and commercially-very promising use cases. In particular, PrEstoCloud aims to combine real-time Big Data, Cloud computing, and Fog computing research in a unique way in order to provide an innovative solution for, as the above elaborated, the very complex problem of cloud-based adaptive real-time Big Data processing.
Call: FCT-1- 2015
Duration: 46 months
ASGARD aims to create LEA Technological Autonomy, by building a sustainable, long-lasting community from the LEA and research and development industry that will be created (at little or no cost to LEAs), maintaining and evolving a best-of-class tool set for the extraction, fusion, exchange, and analysis of Big Data including cyber-offenses data for forensic investigation. ASGARD will helpLEAs significantly increased capabilities. With forensics being a focus of the project, both intelligence and foresight dimensions will also be tackled by ASGARD
Duration: 24 months
The core approach of the project is to contribute towards the advancement of the objectives of the European Union Internal Security Strategy 2015-2020 and to the EU CBRN Action Plan. In particular, the proposed program will focus on CBRNE awareness raising and training of front-line practitioners(police officers, coast guards, firefighters, medics, customs officers, etc.) in both Greece and Cyprus.
The project “Shielding Southeast Europe from CBRN-E threats – S.S.E.E." addresses the priority training of the Call for Proposals covering the development of CBRN-E training programs to build the capacity of actors involved in the detection and mitigation of CBRN-E risks which have cross-border and cross-sector elements as well as the improvement of law enforcement training facilities, especially for CBRN-E first responders and in the special intervention domain. The European dimension of the project will be illustrated through the activities since the training framework, the training material, the E- Class, the handbooks, the simulation game, and the exercise scenario will be translated into English in order to be used and from other European countries.
Completed European Research Projects
Duration: 24 months (04/14-03/16)
The P-REACT project will design and develop a low-cost surveillance platform that will detect Petty Crime incidents. The solution will encompass intelligent video and audio sensors to detect petty crime incidents, a cloud-based monitoring, alert detection, and storage platform. Technology trends in computer vision, motion detection, video retrieval, semantic video analysis, and cloud technology will be exploited.
The solution will focus on connecting citizens, business owners, infrastructure owners, and security and law enforcement personnel so that Petty Crime incidents can be effectively dealt with and prevented in the future. The project will ensure that legal, ethical, and end-user needs are properly balanced and addressed ensuring a ‘Privacy-by-design’ solution approach.
Duration: 36 months (05/14-04/17)
IMPRESS will improve the efficiency of decision-making in emergency health operations, which will have a direct impact on the quality of services provided to citizens. It will provide a consolidated concept of operations, to effectively manage medical resources, and prepare and coordinate response activities, supported by a Decision Support System, using data from multiple heterogeneous sources. The proposed solution will facilitate communication between Health Services (and Emergency Responders) at all levels of response and the crisis cycle with the necessary healthcare systems support, supervision, and management of participating organizations. It will assist health services in becoming more proactive, better prepared, and interoperable with other emergency response organizations.
Duration: 24 months (07/14-06/16)
EUSTO’s proposal originates from the real-world necessity to provide comprehensive and consolidated protection to surface transportation protection networks. In accordance with EU regulations, the responsibility for implementing protection programs lays with the CI operator and national authorities, and ongoing efforts for the identification and designation of major European CI in the transportation sector have been lacking progress in recent years. This proposal originates from this drawback in the implementation of the CIPS directive in the EU and aspires to make a small but vital contribution to its implementation.
Duration: 24 months (07/14-06/16)
3CE will provide short-term, highly focused, and specialized training seminars on cybercrime-related issues for public and private sector participants. Courses will facilitate the exchange and diffusion of tacit knowledge and expertise and familiarise participants with new technologies and tools, and improve their day-to-day activities related to the Cybercrime area. University courses on Cybercrime developed and delivered to stakeholders will provide a better understanding of the legal and technical elements of cybercrime for new-generation scientists. Courses will be made available under creative commons licensing terms for LEAs worldwide.
Duration: 24 months (09/14-08/16)
The concept of UINFC2 is to facilitate cooperation and coordination among all the major EU stakeholders, National authorities, Law enforcement Agencies (LEAs), and related bodies through the provision of structured, analyzed, classified and correlated information, in real-time, related to cybercrime and online child sexual exploitation. It refers to more than 160 beneficiaries including National reporting and alerting platforms, National Hotlines, members of Safer Internet and INHOPE, National and EU LEAs, EU and International initiatives such as Global Alliance, existing information exchange platforms, and National and EU Cybercrime Centers of Excellence in Research, Training, and Education.