Research

The Project Section provides an alphabetically-ordered list of relevant R&D projects in the border security domain.

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The overarching goal of the VIS Project is to provide Member States implementing the Visa Information System with tools to better perform their tasks and to identify and gain value from EU-level synergies provided by use of the VIS system wherever possible.

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Localisation of Threat Substances in Urban Society (LOTUS) project aim is to develop a new anti-terrorism tool for law enforcement agencies, in the form of an integrated surveillance system for continuous chemical background monitoring with fixed site and/or mobile detectors to identify “chemical hotspots” such as bomb or drug factories. FOI, The Swedish Defence Research Agency is the coordinator of the project.

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MobilePass focuses on research and development towards technologically advanced mobile equipment at land border crossing points to allow border control authorities to check European, visa-holding and frequent third country travellers in a comfortable, fast and secure way. The mobile solution incorporates new technologies needed in mobile scenarios and embeds them in the actual border crossing workflow to speed up control procedures.

MobilePass brings together system- and component producers, research institutions and governmental authorities. The entire innovation process, from components development to the integration into an efficient workflow will continuously be evaluated by border guard authorities.

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Optimise the utilisation of space-based technologies in support of Maritime Surveillance activities
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The goal of this project is to elaborate an open architecture for the operation of unmanned air-to-ground wide area land and sea border surveillance platforms in Europe.

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Prediction and Interpretation of human behaviour based on probabilistic structures and heterogeneous sensors (PROMETHEUS) project intends to establish a link between fundamental sensing tasks and automated cognition processes that concern the understanding of short-term prediction of human behaviour as well as complex human interaction. The analysis of human behaviour in unrestricted environments, including localization and tracking of multiple people and recognition of their activities, currently constitutes a topic of intensive research in the signal processing and computer vision communities. This research is driven by different important applications, including unattended surveillance and intelligent space monitoring.

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Testing and validating the intelligence-driven high time-critical scenarios of the border surveillance (EUROSUR) CONOPS
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FP7 research project in the realm of maritime surveillance
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Aims to support the use of space-borne radar mounted on single or formation-flying satellites through the development of a software simulator
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Scalable Measures for Automated Recognition Technologies (SMART) project aim is to evaluate the risk and opportunities inherent to the use of smart surveillance, develop number of technical, procedural and legal options for safeguards.
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A bio-mimicry enabled artificial sniffer (SNIFFER) project deals with the capture and analysis of odours as it offers significant potential for border security applications related to the detection and analysis of persons, illegal substances and in particular explosives.

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