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Update on tenders and calls-for-proposals in EU security (17/02/2017)

1. Study on the Two Hazardous Materials (PFOS and HBCDD) Included in the Annexes of Regulation (EU) 1257/2013 on Ship Recycling PFOS and HBCDD are both Hazardous Materials regulated by the international and the EU law. However, their installation, use and control on-board ships would need to be clarified in the light of the Regulation (EU) 1257/2013 of the European …

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EU Security Research Projects Awarded (17/02/2017)

NEWLY AWARDED PROJECTS: Internet of Things Everywhere on Earth: a satellite based M2M solution The Internet of Things Everywhere on Earth (IoTEE) provides a unique approach to providing IoT services from space, enabling a doubling of Europe’s Space IoT market share from 5% today to 10% by 2020, representing a €700Bn market opportunity. Accelerating adoption of IoT allows earlier access …

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Upcoming European security conferences & exhibits (17/02/2017)

Here are some upcoming events related to European civil security we think readers should be aware of: 3rd International Conference on Information Systems Security and Privacy 19-21 February 2017, Porto, Portugal SRA Policy Forum: Risk Governance for Key Enabling Technologies 1-3 March 2017, Venice, Italy World Cyber Security Congress 2017 7-8 March 2017, London, UK Future Sky Safety public workshop …

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Commission’s latest report on migrant flows is very mixed picture

By PATRICK STEPHENSON,BRUSSELS – The European Commission released its 9th progress report on relocation and resettlement on 8 February. The periodic report tracks the EU’s progress in transferring migrants and refugees from overcrowded processing centres and ‘hotspots’ in Greece and Italy to other member states. The verdict? Despite the EU press service’s headline about ‘encouraging results,’ the numbers buried in the report suggest deep and ongoing...

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How to reconfigure airport security against today’s new threats?

By PATRICK STEPHENSONBRUSSELS – Aviation security experts no longer see the ‘airside,’ or the airport space after the final security checkpoint as being the most pressing security concern at European airports, participants at the ACI Security and Crisis Management Special Summit learned. Instead, aviation security practitioners should focus on improving ‘landside’ security. This space includes everything the passenger — or the terrorist impersonating one — might do between online check-in from home, to reaching the terminal security gate. For security specialists, the emphasis is on deterring or apprehending terrorists before they have a chance to attack. As one speaker noted, “If they arrive at the airport, it’s already too late.” One problem is that airports today...

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Airports grappling with age-old question of behaviour detection

By PATRICK STEPHENSONBRUSSELS – Concerns about radicalised airport employees are on the rise, although no definitive proof yet links a radicalised employee at a European airport to a specific attack. Authorities are taking their precautions, however. For example, suspicions by US, British and Russian that an airport employee probably placed a bomb on the MetroJet (flight 9268) which disintegrated over the Sinai Peninsula on 31 October 2015 led France to revoke the security passes of 70 French airport employees deemed to have extremist sympathies. Technologically advanced security features at airports will mean little if radicalised airport employees with badges can simply swipe past them, though. Thwarting such employees...

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The EU’s new policy options for promoting dual-use technologies will have to be carefully coordinated and sustained

By BROOKS TIGNERBRUSSELS – For too many years EU and national authorities have dissipated the impact of their support for dual use technologies by fracturing it over too many separate or unrelated initiatives. The policy fragmentation still drags on but today the subject is getting serious attention at the highest political levels in Europe – and will be driven in future by a new set of EU policies, which seem better coordinated and pegged to specific deadlines than in the past. Indeed, coordination will be the watch-word as the EU and its 27 member states (the UK will not be party) put together new...

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Experts mulling how to improve Europe’s water safety and security

By PATRICK STEPHENSONBRUSSELS – Europe’s water is less safe than it should be, and the threats to its security are growing. That was the message to participants in a recent conference, “Water Safety and Security,” held on 11 December. Participants included EU staffers, academics, and industry operators. Researchers presented the results of several EU-funded studies meant to preserve European water quality in the face of mounting challenges which include...

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Cyber security and Russia in the new Trump era: it’s a mess

By PATRICK STEPHENSONBRUSSELS – How to protect the world’s commerce from cyber threats and the chaos of fake news and other nefarious uses of the internet? Are globally applicable rules and norms possible to guard against them? Local rules on data storage tend to distort the market but globalised ones would determine where data is stored not on the basis of competing legal regimes, but through technological advantage, though that depend on efficient bureaucratic decision-making through multilateral cooperation. The international community has yet to cough up a coherent response to this challenge. That was in evidence once again during a recent meeting of cyber security experts here where the common, if less-than-breathtaking view, was that...

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ACXIS project advancing toward automated scanning/detection of cargo container contraband, preparing for commercialisation

By CHRIS DALBY, with BROOKS TIGNERBRUSSELS – The trafficking of counterfeit goods, contraband items, and illegal cargo is a constant threat to European borders. To help customs officials fight this battle, an EU security-research consortium has launched the Automated Comparison of X-Ray Images for Cargo Scanning (ACXIS) project that promises unobtrusive scanning for threats and contraband shipped in cargo containers. According to the project's coordinator, Alexander Flisch of the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, ACXIS has several aims. The project will produce a manufacturer-independent reference database with X-ray images of cargo, automated target recognition (ATR) algorithms, for example, as well as a training simulator for cargo screening officers. It will also write algorithms that transform X-ray images from...

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