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EU Security Research Projects Awarded (18/04/2017)


The European Commission in the Drone Community: a New Cooperation Area in the Making
The objective of this research is to examine how the European Commission is shaping the regulatory framework, production and use of drones considering the diverging interests among actors concerned in Europe (and beyond) where multiple authorities overlap. A comprehensive analysis of drones operations as a whole, including actors’ perceptions, expectations, interests and practices is still lacking. This research will therefore study the European Commission’s strategy to join and shape the drone community (rule makers, interest groups, manufacturers, operators and users) as well as the impact of its actions.

Start date: 2017-04-01
End date: 2019-03-31
Total cost: EUR 160 800
EU Contribution: EUR 160 800
Project Coordinator: Vrije Universiteit Brussels, Belgium

OSMOSIS: One Step Modification of Space-Integrated Systems
The European Space Sector faces an imminent crisis. Metal adhesive bonding is a critical process for fabricating satellites and it relies heavily on a toxic metal priming process called chromate conversion coating. Environmental legislation (REACH) will prevent the use of the commonly used chromate conversion coatings due to their hazardous nature with sunset dates in 2017 and 2019 for corrosion and primer treatments respectively. Potential replacements may only give a short reprieve as they are all based on a wet-chemistry approach that is fundamentally tied to the use of aggressive chemicals. Although not currently under REACH regulation, these chemicals are listed as substances of very high concern (SVHC).

The OSMOSIS project aims to utilise the ENBIO patented CoBlast process as a new surface adhesion primer solution. It uses no hazardous chemicals and meets or exceeds existing industry standard performance. CoBlast is already used by ENBIO to apply a qualified thermal control coating for the European Space Agency for spacecraft. The process is highly flexible and can be altered to apply an adhesive primer to replace chromate conversion. The CoBlast adhesive priming process has already passed testing in the automotive sector and is at TRL 6.

The key goal of OSMOSIS is to bring this adhesive primer solution through full commercialisation within the European Space Sector.

Start date: 2017-04-01
End date: 2019-03-31
Total cost: EUR 2 170 900
EU Contribution: EUR 1 519 630
Project Coordinator: Embio Limited, Ireland

DEFENDER: DEsign, development, manufacture, testing and Flight qualification of nExt geNeration fuel storage system with aDvanced intEgRated gauging and self-sealing capabilities
DEFENDER aims to develop, manufacture, test and qualify an innovative next-generation fuel storage system.

The system will have advanced gauging and self-sealing capabilities and high-performing foams that will be integrated into the Next Generation Civil Tiltrotor (NextGenCTR) contained within the Fast Rotorcraft (FRC) Innovative Aircraft Demonstrator Platform (IADP). The fuel storage subsystem (FSS) will store fuel and provide mechanical resistance against punctures and impacts, avoiding leaks.

Start date: 2017-04-01
End date: 2021-03-31
Total cost: EUR 1 426 470
EU Contribution: EUR 1 115 004
Project Coordinator: Politecnico de Torino, Italy

GICA: Geolocalisation of Individuals in Critical Areas
If an accident or an attack occurs on a sensitive industrial site, the ability to quickly locate people is key to saving lives. The existing solutions (identification badges, paper logbooks, GPS etc.) are not appropriate in this specific context.

The GICA project is based on LoRa-RF protocol, tags (smart electronic devices), telecommunication gateways, computational algorithms, a storage database and a visualization interface. The project will contribute to reduce the vulnerabilities of critical infrastructures regarding natural or industrial risks, terrorism and malicious behaviour.

Start date: 2017-04-01
End date: 2017-09-30
Total cost: EUR 71 429
EU Contribution: EUR 50 000
Project Coordinator: IIDRE, France

KEEPERS: The Key to your Child’s Safety
Today, children communicate mainly through social media or mobile phones. But violence is prevalent in cyberspace, and it follows children everywhere. According to a 2015 United Nations survey, 35% of children have been victims of shaming on social networks and 80 percent of cyberbullying cases are not reported.

KEEPERS will enable parents to monitor their child’s mobile phone usage and become aware of any shaming/bullying phenomena their child might experience by spotting and filtering problematic and abusive content.

Start date: 2017-04-01
End date: 2017-09-30
Total cost: EUR 71 429
EU Contribution: EUR 50 000
Project Coordinator: Lipskin Yaakobi Budov Innovation LTD (no website), Israel

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