DroneWISE recognizes that the illegal use of UAVs is now a serious security concern across the world as terrorists, activists and criminals are adopting drone technology and developing new, creative and sophisticated ways in which to commit crime, terrorism and invade the privacy of citizens. The adoption of drones as a tactical attack planning option for terrorists to cause mass disruption, damage economic stability and directly threaten EU security and the safety of its citizens is a chilling reminder of the clear and present danger from contemporary terrorism. Reinforcing this new and emerging threat, during August 2019, EU Security Commissioner Julian King warned that drones could be used for acts of terrorism stating that: “Drones are becoming more and more powerful and smarter which makes them more and more attractive for legitimate use, but also for hostile acts.” The warning followed the publication of a secret report issued in December 2018 from France’s Anti-Terrorism Unit (UCLAT) to the country’s Special Committee on Terrorism. The report warned of “a possible terrorist attack on a football stadium by means of an unmanned drone that could be equipped with biological warfare agents.” To address these current vulnerabilities, DroneWISE will develop a holistic first-responder agency command, control and coordination strategy, underpinned by evidence-based training for the counter-terrorism protection of public spaces. DroneWISE will serve to increase the preparedness of first-responder agencies to better coordinate their efforts, significantly improving the protection of public spaces and coordinated response to a terrorist attack using UAVs.
The PROTECTOR project recognises that attacks on places of worship are a serious security concern across the world, as extremists and terrorists promulgating hate and violent ideologies, continue to commit crimes against places of worship with alarming regularity. Recent attacks on places of worship have revealed the exploitation of their intrinsic vulnerabilities that result from their open nature and public character.
Supported by the G20 Inter Faith Forum and the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI), whilst being conducted by 5 Law Enforcement Agencies from Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Italy, and Sweden, the PROTECTOR project will design, develop and deliver the next generation of integrated measures to enhance the protection of all places of worship.
The ethos of PROTECTOR is to enhance security postures at places of worship through improving the coordination, cooperation and communication between Law Enforcement Agencies, public authorities, faith leadership and congregations. The combination of the PROTECTOR system of measures brings together all stakeholders to play a greater collective role in developing protective security countermeasures at places of worship.
The collective sustainable impact of PROTECTOR outputs will significantly enhance the protection, preparedness and resilience of places of worship, serving to increase the preventative and investigative capabilities of Law Enforcement Agencies to better protect places of worship from all manner of hate crimes, violence, terrorism and future emerging threats.
PROTECTOR Project LATEST NEWS
Below is the latest output from the project. This article was published in Policing Insight to highlight the work and the engage a wider stakeholder network.
CORE (sCience& human factOr for Resilient sociEty) is a multi-disciplinary consortium established to understand how to define common metrics with respect to the different natural and man-made disaster scenarios, and how to measure, control and mitigate the impact on the populations, particularly on vulnerable groups: disabled, elderly, poor, as well as women and children. It contributes to Horizon 2020’s focus on secure societies where citizens are facing increasingly threatening situations. Recent natural and manmade disasters have shown gaps in the level of preparedness of European society for disasters, highlighting the importance of increasing risk awareness, which ensures a direct positive impact on citizen and organisational resilience among people and decision-makers in Europe. CORE will identify and use best practice and knowledge/learning from certain countries, such as Japan which experienced high levels of seismic, volcanic and tsunami risks but where risk awareness is high. It will provide optimized actions and solutions to help restructure and rebuild socio-economic structures after a disaster, across and outside Europe (Israel, India & Japan), where it will have access, through the end-users, to the relevant base of knowledge. CORE will lead to more efficient and effective policies, governance structures and broad awareness and collaboration among citizens, as well as between citizens and rescue agencies. Best practice and best procedures will be identified and reported to policymakers, end-users and disseminated to all stakeholders and NGOs. CORE will devote great attention to education in schools, making the young generation a sort of "prevention sentinels"
NOTIONES (iNteracting netwOrk of inTelligence and securIty practitiOners with iNdustry and acadEmia actorS) is a research project administratively coordinated by TECNALIA and scientifically-technically coordinated by Zanasi & Partners. The project is funded by the European Commission (EC) under the Horizon 2020 programme between 2021 and 2026.
Novel technologies have presented practitioners with new opportunities to improve the intelligence process, but have also created new challenges and threats. Consequently, the timely identification of emerging technologies and analysis of their potential impact, not only on the intelligence community but also on terrorist or criminal organisations, is crucial.
However, time constraints can prevent intelligence practitioners from being updated on the most recent technologies.
In order to address this challenge NOTIONES will establish a network, connecting researchers and industries with the intelligence community. This network will facilitate exchange on new and emerging technologies but also equip solution providers with insights on the corresponding needs and requirements of practitioners. The so gained findings will be disseminated in periodic reports containing technologic roadmaps and recommendations for future research projects and development activities.