Frontex is organizing in December 2013 a theme-centric Technology Showroom for border-security technology providers and innovators (Small and Medium Enterprises are especially encouraged), to demonstrate to the end users (Border Guard Authorities from EU Member States and Schengen Associated Countries):
lab prototypes that might have application potential, exhibit readiness to be tested in an operational environment, but are not yet on the market, or
on-the-market solutions that have been successfully deployed in non border-control context, but which require further explorations in terms of their usability in the border control domain.
The general objective of this event is to improve the communication and information exchange between the end user community, i.e., border guard authorities, with the technology providers and innovators. The specific objective of this event is to:
gather feedback and impressions from end-user perspective, including operational users, regarding the application potential of presented solutions;
identify and prioritize further research that would be most appropriate in order to convert the “lab” prototypes into real-world solutions;
elaborate on the possibility to carry out operational tests with the involvement of end user community;
brainstorm on defining application-oriented research projects centered around the demonstrated lab prototypes;
discuss non-operational aspects and impact of the demonstrated technology (e.g., data protection and ethical issues, financial implications etc.).
More information and the application form can be found here HERE