Advanced Video Surveillance archives search Engine for security applications

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement nr. 285024


ADVISE was a research project co-funded by the FP7-Security Workprogramme of the European Commission, aimed at designing and developing a unification framework for surveillance-footage archive systems. The ADVISE project results ease the work of law enforcement authorities in their fight against crime and terrorism, through negotiation of all relevant legal, ethical and privacy constraints, and through location based video archive selection and efficient evidence mining of multiple, heterogeneous video archives. In a context where surveillance systems are continuously growing in scale, heterogeneity and capabilities, two major obstacles have to be overcome. On the one hand, the variety of technical components of surveillance systems, producing video repositories with different compression formats, indexing systems, data storage formats sources, has to be addressed. On the other hand, the legal, ethical and privacy rules that govern surveillance and the produced content have to be taken into account. To address these two major issues, the ADVISE system was composed by two major components: the first one performing the semantically enriched, event based video analysis which offered efficient search capabilities of video archives and sophisticated result visualization, and the second one enforced the legal, ethical and privacy constraints that applied to the exchange and processing of surveillance data. In addition, in order to support interoperability, the exchanged content and the associated metadata has been transformed into a common format, while a dedicated ADVISE Engine has been developed to efficiently deal with each surveillance and collaborating authority’s technical and legal/ethical/privacy specificities.

Checking Assumptions aND promoting responsibility In smart Development projects

(co-financed by the European Commission)


This project will study aspects of the 'smart' agenda in which practitioners from the Social and Human Sciences (SSH) offer unique and valuable insights of relevance to innovators and researchers in the ICT – LEIT (Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies) areas. Centred on topics concerning users, design, digital rights and critical infrastructures, CANDID will engage SSH and ICT - LEIT researchers in ´extended peer communications' aiming at Responsible Innovation.

Integrated Assessment of Societal Impacts of Emerging Science and Technology from within Epistemic Networks

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement nr. 288971



integrated assessment, technology assessment, data protection impact assessment, interdisciplinarity, responsible research and innovation

The EPINET project introduces a new approach to promote integration of technology assessment (TA) methods. It will develop methods and criteria to be used for more socially robust and efficient practices on the interfaces between TA and the world of policy makers and innovators. EPINET introduces the concept of epistemic networks as a way of conceptualising complex developments within emerging fields of sociotechnical innovation practices. It establishes a "soft" framework within which the plurality of different TA practices can be explored in a concerted manner. Four cases are investigated along with the development of this framework: wearable sensors, cognition for technical systems, synthetic meat and smart grids. "Integrating TA", it is claimed, is a task for empirical investigation in which implicit values of TA methodologies, disciplines and practices are spelled out and placed in relation to the practices they are meant to assess. EPINET develops a framework for integrating assessments through gradual co-production of methodologies and concepts (centrally that of "responsible innovation") together with innovators and policy makers. The challenges of "integrating assessments", we claim, can only be gradually worked out within such a holistic view of complex intersecting networks and practices.


 FORENsic evidence gathering autonomous senSOR

(co-financed by the European Commission under Grant agreement 653355)


The FORENSOR project aims to develop a novel, ultra-low-power, intelligent, miniaturised, low-cost, wireless, autonomous sensor (“FORENSOR”) for evidence gathering. The combination of built-in intelligence with ultra-low power consumption will make this device a true breakthrough for combating crime. FORENSOR is an EU Horizon 2020 funded project (call identifier: H2020-FCT-2014), under the grant agreement no: 653355. The project started on the 1st of September 2015 and will last for 36 months with a total cost of €4,9M.

FORENSOR aims to develop and validate a novel, ultra-low-power, miniaturised, low-cost, wireless, autonomous sensor (“FORENSOR”) for evidence gathering, able to operate for up to two months without infrastructure. FORENSOR will be manageable remotely, will preserve the availability and the integrity of the evidence collected, and comply with all legal and ethical standards, in particular those related to privacy and personal data protection. Secure and intelligent communications let such sensors join their forces towards robust evidence management and real time monitoring and control operations. The combination of built-in intelligence with ultra-low power consumption will make this device a true breakthrough for combating crime.

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 FORTIKA - Cyber Security Accelerator for trusted SMEs IT Ecosystems

(co-financed by the European Commission under Grant agreement 740690)


FORTIKA is a H2020 project under the topic DS-02-2016: Cyber Security for SMEs, local public administration and Individuals with a total cost of €3.997.025,

SMEs are typically poorly prepared to defend themselves, their digital assets and their client’s data and privacy against cyber threats compared to large enterprises. 60% of targeted attacks in 2015 were aimed at small businesses, while ‘more than 430 million new unique pieces of malware’ have been discovered71, with consequences ranging from minor impact on operational efficiency to detrimental effects on the profitability and/or on the supplier – customer – partner relationship. Clearly, cyber threats comprise a major risk for (European) businesses and as a rule, their vulnerability increases as their size falls. With cyberattacks skyrocketing in number and continuously evolving in terms of sophistication and novelty, effective protection and response can become a major differentiation and competitive advantage for European SMEs and especially those, which traditionally do not possess the appropriate resources and/or the relevant expertise. This is where the opportunity lies and where the FORTIKA concept fits best: the proposed hybrid solution (hardware – software) will consist of a security ‘seal’ for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises that will reinforce trust and facilitate further adoption of digital technologies, strengthening this way their position compared to the non-European competition. To accomplish this ambition, FORTIKA industry partners will roll-out to the market a new generation of cyber-security products and related services based upon the results of the proposed innovation action. The project will work towards more robust, resilient and effective cybersecurity solutions that can be effortlessly tailored to each individual enterprise’s evolving needs and can also speedily adapt/respond to the changing cyber threat landscape. To this end, FORTIKA will open its middleware platform to third-party cyber security applications and services through its marketplace.

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IRIS: Integrated and Replicable Solutions for Co-Creation in Sustainable Cities

(co-financed by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No. 774199)


Across Europe, cities are accelerating their transformation towards cleaner, friendlier places able to respect and use resources more efficiently. IRIS - Integrated and Replicable solutions for co-creation in Sustainable cities - is proud to be identified at the forefront of this change and announce itself as the newest addition to the European Commission Smart Cities and Communities (SCC) lighthouse projects. Beginning in October 2017, IRIS, a five-year European funded project, will harness user-demand driven energy and mobility services; encourage more collaborative and effective urban planning and governance; as well as validate business model and technical innovations to fuel smart sustainable city aspirations across the continent.

These initiatives will be lead by lighthouse cities of Utrecht (NL, Project Coordinator), Gothenburg (SE) and Nice Côte d’Azur (FR) and their follower cities Vaasa (FI), Alexandroupolis (GR), Santa Cruz de Tenerife (ES), and Focsani (RO). Each city will draw upon a mix of universities and research organisations, local authorities, innovation agencies and private expertise to accelerate entire communities to adopt ambitious energy, mobility and ICT initiatives. At the heart of the project, IRIS is organised around five key challenges − energy positive districts, smart energy management and a smart e-mobility sector, a digital city innovation platform, plus citizen engagement and co-creation − with a mix of 16 targeted solutions supporting their delivery. Priorities in implementing these in each of the lighthouse and follower cities have been made after extensive analysis and capitalise on a selection of regional, national and European initiatives that have been building towards this landmark funding opportunity.

In a highly competitive tender, evaluators reserved specific praise for the IRIS approach to integrating renewable energies at a local level and mainstreaming electric vehicle infrastructure. Likewise, collaboration between lighthouse and follower cities, the city innovation ICT platform and detailed, high-quality business modelling tailored to each solution were singled out for their impacts and attention to detail. Across all seven city locations, IRIS will work to apply their own winning mix with an ‘Open innovation’ approach embodied by the use of FIWARE to encourage professional collaboration and unlocking the collective intelligence of communities with co-creation techniques. At a European level, this open approach will ensure IRIS plays a proactive and full role in supporting the work of the nine existing SCC projects currently representing nearly 50 cities, as well as other projects and horizontal initiatives joining the smart cities community and thematic European Innovation Partnership.


Managing Affective-learning THrough Intelligent atoms and Smart InteractionS

(co-financed by the European Commission under Grant agreement 687772)


MaTHiSiS is a H2020 project under the topic ICT-20-2015 Technologies for better human learning and teaching with a total cost of €7.618.584.

The MaTHiSiS learning vision is to provide a product-system for vocational training and mainstream education for both individuals with an intellectual disablity and non-diagnosed ones. This product-system consists of an integrated platform, along with a set of re-usable learning components (educational material, digital educational artefacts etc.), which will respond to the needs of a future educational framework, as drawn by the call, and provide capabilities for: i) adaptive learning, ii) automatic feedback, iii) automatic assessment of learner’s progress and behavioural state, iv) affective learning and v) game-based learning.

The MaTHiSiS consortium is coordinated by Atos Spain and consists of 18 beneficiary organizations from 9 different Member States collaborating, namely Spain, France, Greece, UK, Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Lithuania and Germany.

A Privacy Impact Assessment Framework for data protection and privacy rights


co-funded by the European Union under the Fundamental Rights and Citizenship Programme

The PIAF project aimed to encourage the European Union and its Member States to adopt a progressive privacy impact assessment (PIA) policy as a means of addressing needs and challenges related to privacy and to the processing of personal data. The 22-month project included, in its first phase, a review of PIA policies and practices in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Ireland, New Zealand, the US and UK to identify which elements may be used effectively to construct a model framework applicable to the EU. In the second phase, the project concluded empirical research with regard to factors that affect the adoption of a PIA policy in the EU Member States. Both phases concluded with workshops where the findings were presented and discussed. Eventually, the PIAF project was concluded with recommendations to the European Commission and the EU Member States as well as to organisations carrying out PIA. In addition, the project partners presented the their findings at numerous third-party workshops and conferences and prepared several papers in scholarly publications.

 Securing Critical Energy Infrastructure 

(co-financed by the European Commission under Grant agreement 700416)


SUCCESS is a H2020 project under the topic H2020-DRS-2015. The SUCCESS project will develop an overarching approach to threat and countermeasure analysis with special focus on the vulnerabilities introduced by Smart Meters. The project aims at designing, developing and validating on small scale field trials a novel holistic adaptable security framework which is able to significantly reduce the risks for additional potential cyber threats and attacks when next generation real time scalable unbundled smart meters are deployed along smart electricity grid, which enable innovative application and value added services within the emerging smart decentralized energy system paradigm.The project started on the 1st of April 2016 and will last for 30 months with a total cost of €5M. 



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