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HUMABIO (HUman Monitoring and Authentication using Biodynamic Indicators and behaviOural Analysis) is a EC co-funded "Specific Targeted Research Project" (STREP) where new types of biometrics are combined with state of the art sensorial technologies in order to enhance security in a wide spectrum of applications like transportation safety and continuous authentication in safety critical environments like laboratories, airports or other buildings.

NEMESYS (Enhanced NEtwork Security for Seamless Service Provisioning in the Smart Mobile EcoSYStem) aims to gather and analyse information about the nature of vulnerabilities found on mobile devices which are due to the heterogeneity of wireless interfaces and offered services, to adopt the honeypot scheme for a number of smart phones and devices, to develop an infrastructure to gather, detect and provide early warning of attacks on mobile devices and, eventually, to understand the modus operandi of cyber-criminals that target mobile devices and by correlating the extracted information with known patterns of attacks extracted form wireline networks to reveal the possible shift in the way that cyber-criminals launch attacks against mobile devices.

VIS-SENSE was an EU-funded research project focused on the development of visual analytics technologies for the enhancement of international network security. The project ran from October 2010 until November 2013 and involved six experienced partners from research and industry.
The VIS-SENSE project used visualization and data-mining technologies to identify complex patterns of abnormal behaviour. By combining the strengths of people and computers the identification of suspicious actions in large bodies of data could be improved.
The VIS-SENSE team worked in various application areas ranging from network information security and attack attribution to attack prediction and the detection of BGP hijacking. The results of the project address both tactical (monitoring in real time) and strategic (long term) aspects of security.

Τhe main objective of the EMYNOS (nExt generation eMergencY commuNicatiOnS) project is the design and implementation of a Next Generation platform capable of accommodating rich-media emergency calls that combine voice, text, and video, thus constituting a powerful tool for coordinating communication among citizens, call centers and first responders.

Additionally, issues such as call routing/redirection to the closest-available call center, retrieval of the caller location, hoax calls prevention, support for people with disabilities, and integration of social media will be addressed.

With the aim of promoting the NFV concept, T-NOVA introduces a novel enabling framework, allowing operators not only to deploy virtualized Network Functions (NFs) for their own needs, but also to offer them to their customers, as value-added services. Virtual network appliances (gateways, proxies, firewalls, transcoders, analyzers etc.) can be provided on-demand as-a-Service, eliminating the need to acquire, install and maintain specialized hardware at customers’ premises.

For these purposes, T-NOVA will design and implement a management/orchestration platform for the automated provision, configuration, monitoring and optimization of Network Functions-as-a-Service (NFaaS) over virtualised Network/IT infrastructures. T-NOVA leverages and enhances cloud management architectures for the elastic provision and (re-) allocation of IT resources assigned to the hosting of Network Functions. It also exploits and extends Software Defined Networking platforms for efficient management of the network infrastructure.

Petty Crimes (also known as Volume Crime) take place on a daily basis affecting citizens, local communities, business owners and infrastructure owners. Petty Crime incidents such as theft, criminal damage and anti-social behaviour are on the rise in Europe due to the economic crisis and in turn incidents adversely impact the local socioeconomic environment.

Existing surveillance solutions installed are often positioned incorrectly and generate poor image quality unsuitable for evidential purposes. Furthermore, disparate systems coupled with non-existent communication channels, make video exploitation by law enforcement agencies nearly impossible. Effective communication and coordination between police, retailers, private security and those operating transport and other infrastructure owners is key.

The P-REACT project will design and develop a low cost surveillance platform that will ensure communication between key users with a focus on increasing the ability of on the ground police and security personnel to respond. The solution will encompass intelligent video and audio sensors to detect petty crime incidents, a cloud based monitoring, alert detection and storage platform.

This multi-disciplinary initiative will analyse shortcomings and vulnerabilities in the ePassport life cycle, and develop technical solutions and recommendations to overcome them. FIDELITY will demonstrate privacy enhanced solutions to:- no image description is available -- no image description is available -

Secure issuing processes: authentication of documents, preventing impersonation and fraud;
Improve ePassport security and usability: authentification processes, ID check speed, accuracy of biometrics, management of certificates, access to remote data bases, convenience of biometric sensors and inspection devices;
Better manage lost and stolen passports;
Ensure privacy: privacy-by-design, the exclusive FIDELITY-applied principle will be considered in all phases of the ePassport life cycle, using characteristics such as systematic anomysization of data and separation of data streams using privacy-enhancing-technologies.
FIDELITY will strengthen trust and confidence of stakeholders and citizens in ePassports, provide more reliable ID checks, hence hinder criminal movements, and ease implementation of E/E records providing better analysis of migration flows. Solutions will be designed for backwards compatibility to be deployed progressively in the existing infrastructure.

The Border has a singular position in our society. It is either a fence built to protect citizens against external threats, or a place of exchange and meeting. It is really a matter to be considered with intelligence to improve the security of border management in Europe and facilitate the legitimate free movement of people and goods. EU puts the emphasis on automation and Automatic Border Gate experiences have already been launched in the main airports (Francfort, Schiphol, CDG…). This trend can be observed worldwide. The project will support this effort to extend the population of targeted users while the existing solutions are standalone systems that can be used by a very limited number of users. The overtaking of those limits are real technological challenges with the integration of the latest improvements in security (eg. passports verification).
The partners aim to design, develop and integrate in a real environment disruptive technologies in biometry and soft-biometry, they envisage strong enhancements for authentication protocols for citizens crossing frontiers and secure communications for sensitive systems. By demonstrating a complete system their willingness is to make decision-maker in EU and in the rest of the world confident in the bricks that the partners will propose as products after the end of the projects. Those bricks, such as new generation passports, embedded secure elements for mobile phone, server software for supervision or frequent traveller management will allow them to require efficient and secure eGates dedicated not only for their own citizens but any third country travellers.

Both organized crime (OC) and terrorist networks (TN) are major threats for the European Union and its population. On the one hand, the number and value of assets confiscated from organized crime are more and more increasing in Europe, which indicates its rise in Europe and its challenge of the legal economy or tax base of many nation states. On the other hand, Europe is facing an increasing number of individuals, who are recruited as foreign fighters or for terrorist attacks within Europe.

TAKEDOWN aims to:

Analyse the body of scientific knowledge, outcomes from EU-projects as well as further data and indicators that address organized crime and terrorist networks, connected with an interdisciplinary review of existing models regarding their explanatory power and their usability.
Understand the social, psychological and economic aspects of OC/TN and their impact on social cohesion by researching first-line practitioners, policy makers and researchers, combined with interviews, focus groups and workshops with law enforcement agencies and others.
PROVIDE dynamic, multi-dimensional models for OC/TN that reflect the complexity of individual and structural dimensions, geographical scale as well as the forms and levels of responses related to different stakeholder groups and first-line practitioners.
Create toolkits including action plans, response strategies, technological concepts, and best practices, with focus on specific needs of first-line-practitioners as well as professionals in law enforcement, and create policy recommendations and policy briefs for policy makers.
Build a web based TAKEDOWN Open Information Hub with knowledge and public service modules, helpline navigators, toolkits and materials for practitioners, and a centralised, intelligent reporting tool on digital cases of OC/TN with modern crowd-tagging functionalities.
Develop a modular TAKEDOWN Solutions Platform build as a flexible PaaS hosting digital security solutions for professionals with a centralised Security Solution Dashboard that is aggregating solution activity streams and includes digital reporting tool alert visualisations.
Leverage the collaboration between the research community, public agencies, practitioners and industry (especially SMEs) providing a digital TAKEDOWN Professional Advisor to support the selection of the right solutions providers, experts and approaches to tackle OC/TN challenges.

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are expected to be the most enthusiastic users of cloud services, playing a key role in revitalising the European economy.  But lack of knowledge and concerns mostly about security are holding them back. For example, more small firms would be persuaded to use cloud services if the terms and conditions were easier to understand, roles and responsibilities clearer and pricing more transparent. 
It is imperative more be done to address concerns and remove barriers to take up, especially by SMEs, the lifeblood of the European economy. 
SLA-Ready aims to change this state of play by providing a common understanding of Service Level Agreements (SLAs) for Cloud services with greater standardisation and transparency so small firms can make an informed decision on what services to use, what to expect and what to trust. SLA-Ready services will support SMEs with practical guides, a business hub and social marketplace, encouraging them to carefully plan their journey and make it strategic through an informed, stepping-stone approach, so the Cloud and applications grow with their business.
Large companies benefit from guidance and insights on security and privacy isuses, helping C-Level executives define service level agreements, objectives and metrics.
  • SLA-Ready focuses on giving businesses a better understanding of cloud service level agreement terminology and lifecycle management. 
  • SLA-Ready advocates greater standardisation and transparency so firms can make an informed decision on what services to use, what to expect and what to trust.
  • SLA-Ready gives businesses a clearer path to the adoption of cloud services. We encourage firms to carefully plan their journey so the cloud and applications grow with their business. 
  • SLA-Ready is ultimately about building confidence and trust in the cloud as the very foundation of business by advocating best practices for security and data protection.

The OPTIMIS project developed an ‘infrastructure-as-a-service’ software package enabling organisations to externalise services and applications to ‘best-execution venues’ in the cloud. The results cover the full cloud service lifecycle (service construction, cloud deployment and operation).

The project’s results, known as the “OPTIMIS Toolkit”, can be divided into three main groups:

OPTIMIS Base Toolkit, with general functionalities, including an integrated development environment (IDE) and programming model, and which takes into account trust, risk, eco-efficiency and cost (TREC);
OPTIMIS Service Provider Tools that enable service providers to implement, package, deploy and operate services;
OPTIMIS Infrastructure Provider Tools able to manage the infrastructure (virtual machines, servers, data storage, etc.) required to operate services.
The Programming Model and IDE enable OPTIMIS users and companies of all sizes to build and run cloud services in the most appropriate venue. Quality of service is evaluated using a range of technical and non-technical factors provided by the OPTIMIS TREC Engine.

Promoting both security and mobility within the EU Border control is a major challenge for member states border control authorities. Travellers request a minimum delay and a convenient, non-intrusive border crossing, while border guards must fulfil their obligation to secure the EUs borders against illegal immigration, terrorisms, crime and other threats.

The MobilePass development process addresses both requirements with equal emphasis, keep security at the highest level while increasing the speed and the comfort for all legitimate travellers at land border crossing points. Aspects of a fast border crossing by legitimate travellers are a reliable and convenient capture of biometric and passport data
dependable, secure wireless data transfer, and a modular mobile equipment optimized to the border control workflow. Improved traveller identification technologies, such as contactless fingerprint capture and advanced mobile facial capture will increase the security, minimise spoofing and evasion, while making the control less cumbersome for passengers. A system evaluation and demonstration will be done in two different member states. Compliance with European societal values and citizens’ rights is central to the acceptance of the developed technologies, and will accompany the development throughout the project.

How to ensure the security of borders in a world always more interconnected? How to combine this need with a fast, simple and efficient border crossing for the passenger? How to organise the collection of relevant data without violating the privacy of travellers? How to deploy a process suitable for each border crossing point, whatever their size and their location – at sea, land or air frontier?

The FastPass project proposes an answer to these complicated and conflicting questions. Funded by the European 7th Framework Programme, FastPass has gathered during 4 years key players of the entire ABC value chain – system and component producers, research institutions, governmental authorities, infrastructure operator, and end-users – to develop a novel, modular, and harmonised solution.

The Consortium started to analyse the various requirements of the end-users (border guards and travellers). Based on this, and taking into account the ethical and legal implications, technologies were developed in different areas - biometrics, video surveillance, passport scanning. Those technologies were integrated in a modular way, resulting in a next generation eGate. The solution was tested at three different border control points – the Port of Piraeus in Greece, the Airport of Vienna in Austria and the land border crossing point of Moravita in Romania. Those demonstrations run over several months and attracted thousands of voluntary passengers. An in-depth evaluation of those tests was then done, providing interesting conclusion on the FastPass work.