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As drone applications spread, so does need for rules & security

By EMILY SMITH, with BROOKS TIGNERBRUSSELS – Drones are spreading across the entire range of applications, from package deliveries to the front door to death on the battlefield. And few regions of the world are developing these applications in greater numbers than in Europe, as seen during the latest semi-annual gathering of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) officials from government and industry here during 6-7 December organised by Paris-based UVS International.The conference focused heavily on the stark differences between various types of drones, from toy and hobby models to heavier industrial ones, and how to regulate them. As usual, the European Aviation Safety Agency gave an update on the EU’s package of future rules for unmanned aircraft and the planned operation-centric approach to regulating them. There were few surprises in its presentation or those by European Commission officials, in view of the package’s slow pace and complexity.More interesting was the conference’s specialised “splinter” sessions, and particularly those that focused on...

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Where stands transposition of EU legislation on victims’ rights?

By PATRICK STEPHENSON BRUSSELS – Victims of crime, victims’ rights advocates and policy practitioners gathered at here on 30 November to review the state of progress in ensuring victims’ rights across the 28 EU states.A conference, “Establishing Victims’ Rights and Support Services in Challenging Times”, reviewed how far EU member states have implemented — or ‘transposed’ — the directive 2012/28/EU which creates minimum standards for victim rights. The deadline for transposing was mid-November 2015. Progress has been...

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How Belgian authorities might further counter radicalisation

Euro-View: Antoine de Borman and Quentin Martens on counter-radicalisation Belgium has been one of the first European countries confronted with significant radicalisation movements. As early as 2012-2013 when Europe saw the first departures to Syria, Joëlle Milquet, former Belgian Minister of Home Affairs, launched measures to tackle this threat, including the adoption of a prevention strategy against terrorism and violent …

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Update on tenders and calls-for-proposals in EU security (15/12/2016)

1. Support for ENISA cyber crisis cooperation and exercise activities ENISA seeks to contract the services of a minimum of two (2) and a maximum of five (5) service providers which can provide support in the field of cyber crisis management and exercise activities throughout the years 2017 – 2019. The successful bidders should be able to demonstrate significant experience …

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EU Security Research Projects Awarded (15/12/2016)

LYT SONIC – Smart Home security device based on infrasound detection technology With a home burglary taking place every 0.8 seconds in Europe, people’s increasing concerns for both personal and property security is propelling the Smart Home Security market. A host of hardwired, wireless, and compact self-contained Smart Security systems is commercially available, embedding motion detectors, door/window sensors, and video …

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Upcoming European security conferences & exhibits

Here are some upcoming events related to European civil security we think readers should be aware of: International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Disaster Management 13-15 December 2016, Vienna, AUS 19th International Conference on Cyber-Physical Systems 13-14 January 2017, Zurich, CHE 9th International Cybersecurity Forum 24-25 January 2017, Lille, France Cyber Defence & Network Security 24-26 January 2017, …

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Implementation plan for EU’s Global Strategy is mix of old & new

By BROOKS TIGNERBRUSSELS – National foreign affairs and defence ministers jointly approved on 14 November a sweeping new plan to implement the EU’s June 2016 Global Strategy on security and defence. The 31-page document, presented by Federica Mogherini, the EU’s security and defence policy chief, sets out concisely worded, if complex, goals and deadlines for their detailed proposals in 2017.Coinciding closely with the election of a potentially isolationist Donald Trump as the next US president, the plan’s thrust and timing would appear to suggest a reaction to that, but it has been in the making for at least a year. Even so, if implemented as desired, the Global Strategy could set Europe on the path to a certain degree of strategic autonomy vis-à-vis NATO. More important, it could boost...

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Billions at stake as workshop participants ponder security-related “key enabling technologies” in run-up to consortium’s final report

By PATRICK STEPHENSONBRUSSELS – In coming weeks, an EU-funded research consortium will turn in its recommendations to the European Commission on which security-related key enabling technologies (KETs) that future EU research spending should support.In theory, security-related KETs have great potential to strengthen Europe’s hollow militaries and stimulate its sagging economies. European-made drones, for instance, could deliver online-ordered goods straight to a customer’s door. Equipped with CBRN-detection equipment, those same drones could sniff out terrorists cooking up chemical weapons or even IEDs inside buildings.To further narrow the scope of its work, the consortium held its...

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EU research project testing unique technology to locate victims

By CHRIS DALBYBRUSSELS – In many cases natural and manmade disasters result in chaotic and very difficult working conditions for urban search and rescue (USaR) crews. The recent earthquakes in Italy in late October are a testament to this – events where first responders were under tremendous stress as they tried to locate trapped victims as fast and accurately as possible.The “fog” in such situations could start to lift if the technical results of one EU-funding research project reach the marketplace. Saddled with an impossibly long name, the project’s is called “Technological and Methodological Solutions for Integrated Wide Area Situation Awareness and Survivor Localisation to Support Search and Rescue Teams”, or INACHUS. A 48-month project, it is just shy of its midway point, and draws to a close on December 2018.The project is working on nearly a dozen different deliverables, but two in particular are of high interest: the first is...

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Public safety forum pens deal with global ICT body to contribute to 5G and wireless advances to boost first-responder capabilities

By PATRICK STEPHENSONBRUSSELS –The Public Safety Communication Europe (PSCE) forum of public safety organizations, based here, signed a deal with the “3rd Generation Partnership Project” (3GPP), the body that sets global mobile broadband and wireless telecommunication standards. PSCE is now a ‘market representation partner’ within 3GPP. With the agreement, it can now suggest recommendations to 3GPP regarding matters of public protection and disaster relief (PPDR).What may seem like an acronym love-fest actually has important implications for...

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