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As use of UAV gains in popularity, Europe’s aviation regulatory groups frame their ideas for the lower end of the drone spectrum

By CHRIS DALBYBRUSSELS – The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and other aviation communities are trying to come up with a suitable set of rules and regulations for the safe operation across the EU of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), otherwise known as drones.For example, EASA released its “Prototype Commission Regulation on Unmanned Aircraft Operations” on 22 August, followed by a similar document circulated on 31 August by the Joint Authorities for Rulemaking on Unmanned Systems. JARUS is a global group of national aviation authority experts in which Europe has a leading role.There is a difference in scope between the two. While EASA aims simultaneously for all three of the future categories of drones – “open”, “specific” and “certified –JARUS is focusing for the time being only on...

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France’s “light” approach to drone flight schools: good or bad?

By CHRIS DALBY BRUSSELS – While the European Commission and European aviation authorities are still puzzling out a common regulatory approach to remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS), or drones, many young entrepreneurs and start-up businesses are plunging ahead with the technology, regardless of the regulatory vacuum.A big problem with this scenario, however, is that the vast majority of these operators have...

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Molenbeek’s problems – and solutions – highlighted in new study

By BROOKS TIGNER BRUSSELS – Belgium’s infamous district of Molenbeek, close to the capital’s centre, has become an international by-word for counter-radicalisation failure, given that, proportionally, so many of the municipal commune’s Muslim youth have been caught up in foreign fighting and in terrorist attacks in Europe.A new survey of Molenbeek’s population confirms the conditions that underpin radicalisation though the primary causes are not what the reader would expect. Indeed, its residents put terrorism per se far below their main concerns for the neighbourhood, with drug dealing, theft and especially unemployment as ranking far higher.One disturbing sociological fact revealed by the survey, however, is the persistence among the great majority of the commune’s older Muslims of...

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Radicalisation in Europe, what are the main factors involved?

By CHRIS DALBY BRUSSELS – It has been six months since the devastating attacks at the Brussels metro and airport, and nearly a year since the deadly attacks in Paris. Much criticism has been directed at Belgium’s intelligence services and the fact that the country, proportionally, has seen largest number of people, some 550, become radicalised and foreign fighters in Syria and Iraq.Why is the problem more prevalent in Belgium than elsewhere in Europe? The usual reasons cited are religion and socio-economic factors as lack of education, jobs or suitable housing. But that is not the main factor according to...

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New project looks at prevention and preparedness methods to combat the spread of pathogen threats in transport hubs

By ADELA CEJNAROVABRUSSELS – Mass transportation plays a significant role in the spread of infectious diseases. The environment is ideal – large numbers of passengers in an enclosed space with very high contact rates. Moreover, air travel enables pathogens to spread quickly not only within different communities but between regions.How to prevent or minimise and manage pathogen incidents in transport hubs is the focus of study for the EU-funded security project, PANDHUB. Launched in November 2014 as a three-year project, it is a few months shy of its mid-way point. With a budget of EUR 4 million (EU contribution: nearly 80 percent), its six-strong consortium is led by Finland’s national VTT Technical Research Centre.SECURITY EUROPE recently spoke with Ilpo Kulmala, PANDHUB’s coordinator, about the project’s progress so far.While the project’s primary aim is to tackle the spread of naturally occurring pathogens, Kulmala said it must also...

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A ”European forensic science area” re-enters the spotlight again

Euro-View: Pawel Rybicki on European forensicsForensic science is rapidly growing in importance for the security and justice of European citizens – and the EU is now marching faster toward the creation by 2020 of a “European Forensic Science Area” (EFSA2020), based on achieving certain common forensic standards.In my opinion, this is exactly what is needed in the forensics field for many reasons. For example, setting up EFSA2020 will give a big boost to...

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Update on tenders and calls-for-proposals in EU security (19/09/2016)

Update on tenders and calls-for-proposals in EU security:1. Provision of RPAS Exploitation Data Centre services in support of Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) operations This call for tender is to contract the provision of RPAS exploitation Data Centre(RPAS-DC) services in support of Remote Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) operations provided by EMSA. The RPAS-DC shall provide the means for the users to exploit the data collected during RPAS missions. A scalable service should be foreseen in terms having a number of simultaneous RPAS deployments and missions and therefore a number of concurrent flights.In general terms the scope of the contract consists in providing a RPAS-DC solution including collection of RPAS data from all missions, the provision of a common interface for the users and importing of data layers available at EMSA. The procured services will not include any upstream service including the provision of the RPAS, the sensors, the control stations, the necessary staff to operate the RPAS, amongst others.The system shall be based on existing COTS software for which the contractor has the full ownership or licenses to modify the system according to EMSA needs. This COTS based approach shall guarantee that the RPAS-DC can be quickly set-up and is using proven technology.The total budget available for this contract is EUR 520.000 excluding VAT Deadline: 26 September 2016 Contact: European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) Email: Open202016@emsa.europa.eu Call documentation and application forms can be found here

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EU Security Research Projects Awarded (19/09/2016)

HORIZON 2020 AWARDED PROJECTS:
Cathedral: Post-Snowden Circuits and Design Methods for Security This project focuses on the root of trust – digital hardware – by providing fundamental enabling technologies for secure trustworthy digital circuits, useful for a wide range of applications. The project will look at process variations to the benefit of security, standard cell compatible digital design flow with security as design objective, hardware IP blocks for next generation cryptographic algorithms and protocols (e.g. authenticated encryption schemes, post-quantum public key schemes), integration into embedded HW/SW platforms, and methods to provide trust evidence to higher levels of abstraction. To strengthen the security it will investigate links between the layers and other tasks.Start date: 2016-09-01 End date: 2021-08-31 Total cost: EUR 2.369.250 EU Contribution: EUR 2.369.250 Project Coordinator: Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

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Key enabling technology R&D goals with dual-use applications now being refined for European Commission for future funding

By BROOKS TIGNER BRUSSELS – Recommendations will soon go to the European Commission for the key enabling technologies (KETs) that its future research spending should support, including those with cross-cutting applications in the fields of security and defence such as active and passive long-range detection technologies.An on-going EU-funded research consortium has been studying the issue for nearly a year, and will refine its subject-matter analysis before handing in its final technology-area recommendations to the Commission by...

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