National Center for Scientific Research “Demokritos” (NCSRD)
PROJECT COORDINATOR
Greece

The Integrated Systems Laboratory (ISL) is part of the Institute of Informatics and Telecommunications (IIT), one of the five Institutes of “Demokritos” (NCSRD). ISL has accumulated substantial expertise and is actively involved in many areas of information technologies and telecommunications, including GIS, location-based services and mobile location-based services (including journey planning), indoor and outdoor asset positioning and tracking, 3D modeling and reconstruction, intelligent information extraction and processing, multi-sensor data fusion, security of networks, software engineering with emphasis to automatically customized software, means and people via biometrics and related applications and services, as well as hybrid telecommunication and DVB networks. ISL has participated in numerous EU and nationally funded research projects under FP4, FP5, FP6 and FP7, and has acquired substantial experience both as partner and coordinator.

Role in TRESSPASS:

  • Project Coordinator
  • Key partner for providing the Data Fusion, intelligence extraction
  • Key partner for providing the Data Ingestion Server
  • FLYSEC frontend technologies deployment, OCULUS FLYSEC Command and Control
  • Simulation WP leader and Key Developer of 3D Border Control Site Operation Modeling and Simulation VR platform
  • Technical support and management of the Greek Pilot Case in Piraeus Port

Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO)

Netherlands

TNO (Nederlandse Organisatie voor toegepast-natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek-TNO) is one of the major research and technology organisations in Europe. With a staff of 2850 and an annual turnover of 530 million Euros, TNO is carrying out research in order to achieve impact on the following five domains: Industry; Healthy Living; Defence, Safety & Security; Energy; and Living Environment. TNO functions as an intermediary between basic research organisations and industry. By translating scientific knowledge into practical applications, TNO contributes to strengthening the innovation capacity of businesses and government. TNO is involved in many international projects, including EU-funded collaborations, be it research or service contracts, for the European Commission, the European Parliament or European agencies. Furthermore, our organization is a member of EARTO, the European Association of Research and Technology Organisations and as a member, the EARTO Secretariat will support the dissemination activities of this project by circulating project’s results and information on its website, social media groups and newsletter.

Role in TRESSPASS:

TNO leads the conceptual work regarding the risk based concept. TNO is leader of WP2 (Risk Based Border Crossings), will lead the task in WP1 with regards to developing the risk based concept, participates in WP5 in which the risk assessment methods are put into software which will be integrated in the overall TRESSPASS solution, including the definition of use cases and testing of the software. TNO will also participate in WP6 to support the work on operational level and in WP9 in order to deal with the ethical aspects of the concept. Together with the Royal Dutch Marechaussee (KMAR, Dutch Border Guard), TNO leads the pilot in the Netherlands.

Furthermore, TNO participates in WP1 (high level scenarios); WP3 and WP4 with technical input on detection systems, video analytics, and real time behaviour analysis; and WP7 with activities regarding evaluation. TNO will lead the work regarding the dissemination roadmap and will disseminate results regarding the risk based concept.


Wojskowa Akademia Techniczna (WAT)

Poland

The Institute of Optoelectronics (IOE) is the research institute with faculty status within the Military University of Technology. Its work is focused on scientific research and education in the fields of optoelectronics and photonic technologies. The principal mission of the IOE is research and development related to defense and security needs defined by the Ministry of National Defense (MoD). IOE activities include a wide range of undertakings, ranging from basic scientific investigations, development of laboratory models and technology demonstrators, to testing prototypes. The remarkable professional competence and experience of the staff at the IOE enables an interdisciplinary approach towards research tasks and development projects. The IOE conducts scientific research in the field of laser physics, photonics, optics, optoelectronics, spectroscopy, thermovision, signal detection and the interaction of laser radiation with matter.

The Ministry of Science and Higher Education completed an evaluation and categorization of academic and R+D institutions, which included assessment of research and development achievements for last 4 years. The IOE remained in the A category, (6th place among 44 scientific institutions in the discipline of electronics in Poland).

IOE WAT has participated in numerous scientific collaboration programs managed by the EU, EDA, and NATO. For many years, we have had close relations with several scientific groups worldwide, in the framework of bilateral collaboration agreements.

The research work of the IOE has been always accompanied by the activities in the field of education. Over recent years, the laboratory infrastructure of the IOE has seen considerable development as a result of successive investments and realizations of several projects and programs.

Role in TRESSPASS:

WAT’s main responsibility in the project includes research and development activities related to the technical part of the project, development of the assessment methods, data processing methods algorithms as well as participation in Polish pilot at the land border crossing point. WAT will also contribute with regards to establishing guidelines on information collection and information analysis and will participate to the Communication and dissemination activities. Contributing to, amongst 13 others, to WP2 (Risk based border crossing point) mainly concerning technical solution at border crossing points, WP4 (Data fusion and intelligence analytics), pilots at borders and WP10 (Dissemination, exploitation and roadmap) and to several tasks concerning technical solutions.


Space Hellas SA (SPH)

Greece

Space Hellas SA is a leading System Integrator and Value-Added Solution and Service Provider in the areas of ICT and Security for the enterprise, government and defense sectors, certified according to ISO 9001:2008 and ISO/IEC 27001:2005 standards. SPH is an SME (~240 employees) established in 1985 with headquarters situated in Athens, branch offices in the four biggest cities in Greece, and an active presence in Cyprus and the Balkans. SPH is listed in the Athens Stock Exchange since September 2000. The primary activities of Space Hellas SA include: Systems integration, Security and surveillance systems, IT/Cloud Applications and Services, data networking (wired/wireless/satellite) and telecommunication services at national and international level (a BT Alliance Partner).

SPH participates in the project through its R&D Department. SPH has broad experience in the field of technological studies conducted under EU, ESA and National collaborative R&D activities (participated in and coordinated more than 35 projects during the last 20 years) as well as in national large-scale system integration projects.

Role in TRESSPASS:

SPH is coordinating WP4 Data Fusion and Analytics and is the main contributor to the TRESSPASS OSINT/Web Intelligence framework. In addition, SPH contributes to the data ingestion activities (WP3), integration (WP5) where it leads the information security task, as well as participates in the Pilots (WP8) and the exploitation activities (WP10).


Software Competence Center Hagenberg GmbH (SCCH)

Austria

The Software Competence Center Hagenberg GmbH [www.scch.at], a non-university research institution in the software segment, was founded in 1999 by five departments of the Johannes Kepler University Linz (JKU) and currently employs a staff of about 65. Since 2008, SCCH is supported as a K1-center within the Austrian competence centre program of COMET. The competence centre’s focus lies on applied research while also covering the fields of fundamental research and precompetitive development. SCCH’s areas of expertise include Software Engineering and Technology as well as Data Analysis Systems and Knowledge Based Vision Systems, which are concerned with the analysis of data from various fields of application and computer vision systems respectively. The spectrum of applications encompasses process analysis, process optimization, condition monitoring, virtual sensors, fault prediction and optimal control systems in the process industry and production, in machine manufacturing and environmental technology as well as tracking, scene analysis, information fusion and recently also deep learning. Feature learning empowered by deep learning is used as a basis for transfer learning and multi-modal learning problems in industrial settings. SCCH’s excellence in the field of knowledge-based vision systems is based on its interdisciplinary competences in computer vision and deep learning research.

Role in TRESSPASS:

SCCH will be responsible for predictive behavioural analytics for the identification of possible risk of intent. Furthermore SCCH will support all computer vision related tasks including object/people tracking and detection as well as all deep learning related tasks.


Rina Consulting S.p.A. (RINA-C)

Italy

Rina Consulting S.p.A. (formerly D’Appolonia S.p.A.), integrates all the engineering consulting companies of the Rina Group becoming the largest fully independent Italian firm providing consulting & engineering services to Clients belonging both to the public and the private sector. The company operates in the markets of Energy, Transport and Infrastructures, Industry, Oil & Gas, Power, Renewables, Space & Defence, Industry sectors and investor support.

With a staff of about 1700 engineers, scientists and associated professionals located in more than 20 offices worldwide, Rina Consulting offers high-end services to investors, promoters, operators and contractors, as well as to insurers and public administrations, to support their initiatives. All Rina Consulting services are performed at the highest professional level, understanding and complying with Client’s needs and requirements while taking into due consideration sustainability and health, safety and environmental targets.

Rina Consulting is a team of engineers, consultants, designers, planners and specialists supporting public and private Clients from concept to decommissioning, through consultancy, design, management, operation and maintenance. The company provides a wide range of services covering the whole project life cycle from feasibility and specialized technical studies to conceptual and detailed design, prototyping and testing, project management, site engineering as well as operation and maintenance management. Innovation is a key element in all our projects; Rina Consulting has a proved experience in helping its clients in developing their new products and services as well as managing their collaborative innovation processes.

Role in TRESSPASS:

RINA-C will be involved in WP1 in the End-user requirements definition and in the review and analysis of cross border crime scenarios; in WP3 in the development of motion amplification techniques for advanced video analysis and in the harmonisation of data modelling; in WP7 in the definition of Training methodology.


Fraunhofer EMI (FHG)

Germany

Fraunhofer is Europe’s largest application-oriented private non-profit research organization. Fraunhofer comprises 67 institutes in Germany and runs international research centers and offices in Europe, USA, and Asia. Fraunhofer Ernst-Mach-Institut (EMI), carries out research in the fields of defense, security, mobility, aviation and space. Investigations carried out at EMI include the physical and technical aspects of high-speed mechanical and fluid-dynamic processes, including experimental and numerical analyses of shock waves, flow and combustion processes, impact and penetration processes, and the response of materials and structures to shock loads.  EMI specializes also in computational physics and high-speed measurement techniques and instrumentation. A further expertise comprises classical and socio-technical system analysis and modelling, quantitative risk and resilience analyses, risk management and resilience improvement processes, technical reliability and (functional) safety analyses and audits. In the business unit Security, Fraunhofer EMI researches and develops concepts, processes, methods and technologies to make our society and its technologies and infrastructures more robust, error-tolerant and resilient to potential disruptions. In the field of border control system analysis and improvements, EMI led or contributed in a major role to several projects, also directly involved by LEAs regarding in particular physical security issues. EMI has been tasked for (functional) safety audits of systems as well as risk analyses for new domains, in particular transport systems, and airport security systems.

Role in TRESSPASS:

Fraunhofer EMI brings senior expertise in the set-up of risk and resilience analysis concepts, approaches and indicator selection and composition for overall risk assessment (input to WP2), also for uptake in WP7 and WP8.

The main role is as main technical contributor to WP7 on simulation, training and evaluation. FHG will lead two technical tasks on fast analytical and simulative approaches to be used also in WP5, and the extension of an existing shared evaluation platform for airport checkpoints to distributed risk-based border control nodes (BCSEC).

Another responsibility is the conduction of the evaluation of the border control pilots. To this end Fraunhofer EMI will collect information from operators, legal and privacy experts as well as conduct simulations and analyses for the TRESSPASS nodes tailored within the use cases. Further FHG ensures that the societal science partners ALU-FR and TCD deliver also at least qualitative indicators that can be used for overall evaluation of the risk-based border control TRESSPASS nodes, again also for uptake in WP7 and WP8.


European Dynamics Belgium SA (ED)

Belgium

EUROPEAN DYNAMICS BELGIUM SA (ED) is a leading European software vendor and ICT services provider, operating internationally through its offices and antennas in Alicante, Athens, Berlin, Bonn, Brussels, Frankfurt, London, Luxembourg, Nicosia, Stockholm, Tunis, etc. The company designs, develops, supports and promotes software ICT applications using integrated, state-of-art technology to governments, public organizations and private enterprises in more than 27 countries in the world. ED has an extended expertise in the areas of e-Government, e-Business, e- Procurement, e-Collaboration, groupware and workflow, content, document and knowledge management, communications middleware, ICT security. Own software products and tools have been developed in these domains. All the products and services are offered for web, intranet and Internet environments and are based on open architectures and state-of-the-art technologies.

ED supports open source software (OSS) initiatives and distributes a wide range of OSS solutions free of license fees. ED is an ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 27001:2013 certified company and holds a NATO and EU security clearance (secret). ED has expertise in the provision of SaaS, e-business (B2C, B2B, B2E, B2G, G2G, etc.), BroadBand Services, e-collaboration and workflow management, developing its own software applications and products, offered for web, Internet and portable devices, relying on open architectures

Role in TRESSPASS:

ED will be WP3 leader regarding the sensors and information gathering. ED will also implement the Dynamic Risk Assessment System (DRAS) module on the basis of an ED existing tool which will act as an “automated decision-maker” on the data extracted during the TRESSPASS procedure. ED will also be WP10 Dissemination, Exploitation, Communication Activities leader. Within this WP a very interactive and responsive dissemination and communication strategy and a robust exploitation strategy will be developed.


National University of Ireland Maynooth (NUIM)

Ireland

The National University of Ireland Maynooth, aka Maynooth University is home to the Dept. Of Psychology and the Maynooth University Social Science institute (MUSSI), an interdisciplinary institute that brings together expertise from social and applied psychology, anthropology, sociology and other social and human sciences. For the purposes of TRESSPASS, NUIM is particularly concerned with the human experience of living and working within complex sociotechnical systems, emphasising the perspective of the human users and stakeholders of technological systems, and in particular border security systems, and supporting the design and evaluation of innovation. MUSSI includes experts in the  psychology of complex systems and human-computer interaction, migration studies and security.

NUIM, through its key personnel, has extensive experience and expertise in organisational psychology, human factors and sociotechnical systems design and evaluation. NUIM’s approach is a human activity-centred methodology that constructs a complex yet usable framework for situating human needs and requirements within the context of operational reality and sociotechnical change. Our methodology allows designers, developers, managers and users to see themselves and others within the process of change management and the implementation of innovations including technological, regulatory, process and system changes. The CONOPS framework will be an essential resource for the evaluation and validation of TRESSPASS concepts, tools and methods.

Role in TRESSPASS:

As Human Factors specialists, NUIM will lead the work package on Operational Methods and Acceptability (WP6). We will work with outputs from WP1 and WP9 in terms of the risk based concept and the ethical and privacy aspects and combine them with empirical observational studies in WP6 on real world border and security operations. This will produce a concept of operations framework (CONOPS) which will help guide the design and development as well as validation aspects of the project. The outputs of WP6 which will be developed by NUIM will include a framework for organisational and operational implementation of TRESSPASS post-project.


Infili

Greece

Infili is a research intensive SME that utilizes a unique combination of high-end technologies as an outcome of many years of R&D experience and is structured around a pool of highly qualified and motivated engineers with expertise in international projects. The company is designing solutions for vertical industries with diverse and very demanding requirements regarding the exploitation of their information and knowledge repositories. Infili focuses in Software development, Data Mining, PM and Consulting services by utilizing market standards such as PRINCE2 and ISO 9001. Security ISO 27001 guidelines are followed in deploying solutions and handling third party information data. Infili offers a variety of services, summarized below:

•Enterprise IT systems.

•Information Security / ISO 27001 / COBIT.

•Project Management in deployment projects.

•Research & Development in the areas of Semantic Web, AI, opinion mining.

The company’s main competences are focused on machine learning algorithms, as well as advanced SW engineering solutions spanning a wide range of SOA and SaaS principles including flavors on Big Data through advanced techniques for managing large unstructured data sets.

Solutions:

  • Service-Oriented Architectures: Following the latest trends, the design of IT systems that comply to the SOA principles for optimal service utilization and service delivery through IT.
  • Enterprise IT systems: Design, Development, Integration and Customization of large scale and complex IT systems that meet the customers’ business requirements.
  • Cloud computing: Platforms and services that realize SaaS and PaaS systems and virtualization environments.

Services

  • Web2.0 development & integration: Deploying Web2.0 principles for providing a state-of- the-art web presence; and this in an integrated manner utilizing the most popular social networking tools.
  • Web-trends monitoring & reporting: analyzing the Web dynamics from a variety of sources (forums, blogs, web, etc).

R&D - Innovation

  • Semantic-Web: Ontology oriented & and knowledge enriched Web perception.
  • AI: Artificial and information intelligence Web3.0 applications, sentiment analysis.
  • Web data mining: Information retrieval and Information extraction from unstructured sources.

Role in TRESSPASS:

Technology provider participating in WP3 and WP4 leader with main focus in the data fusion and data management areas.


Zanasi & Partners (Z&P)

Italy

Founded in 2007, Zanasi & Partners (registered brand of “Zanasi Alessandro Srl”) is a security research and advisory company active in the EU and MENA areas. Z&P serves its customers by focusing on technology solutions for security and intelligence needs. Its main clients include national and international public institutions - including LEAs and intelligence agencies - and leading technology companies. Its professionals and partners (former LEA officers, academic and industrial researchers) can rely on a two-fold background: security/intelligence and advanced technology skills. The company was appointed by the European Commission as full member of ESRIF (European Security Research and Innovation Forum) in 2007, following the appointment of its founder to ESRAB (European Security Research Advisory Board) in 2005. ESRAB and ESRIF are the two EC committees dedicated to defining EU policies and funding on security research.

Role in TRESSPASS:

Z&P will lead WP1 'End-user needs and requirements', due to its experience in delivering border control related research and advisory projects as well as to its long-term history of cooperation with law-enforcement agencies. Under WP1, Z&P will lead the collection of end-user requirements and contribute to the development of the TRESSPASS risk-based border management concept, related scenarios and to defining the project's legal framework. In WP2, Z&P will leverage its expertise in risk assessment methodologies and human factors in border control to drive the identification of risk indicators and support the definition of methods for threat and risk assessment as well as for information sharing between international authorities. In WP4, Z&P will bring expertise in big data analytics and social media analysis to support the establishment of the project's web intelligence framework as well as work on data fusion and real time behaviour analytics. Z&P will also be involved in WP5 and WP6, where it will provide inputs from WP1, and WP10, where it will actively contribute to the project's dissemination and exploitation efforts.


ICTS Europe

France

With a 2012 turnover in excess of €300m, the ICTS Group employs some 10,000 employees in twenty-one subsidiaries across Europe, all of which are closely linked, sharing resources, information and goals. In the UK and Ireland alone, ICTS has some 2,000 employees. In August 2013, ICTS become part of Groupe Sofinord. Despite its impressive size, Groupe Sofinord is still a family owned business, specialising in the delivery of logistics and customer services (primarily within the transport sector). ICTS experience in security service delivery dovetails very neatly with Groupe Sofinord’s portfolio and is well aligned with the Sofinord service ethos of Customer First, Teamwork and Innovation. As ICTS does not have shareholders to satisfy, company profits can be re-invested in the development and diversification of ICTS services.

The ICTS service offering is based around three board fields of operation. First is the provision, management and support of security and customer service personnel, rigorously trained in and licensed for a wide variety of disciplines. Second is the provision of innovative electronic, physical and procedural security systems, which can be used in isolation or integrated to provide a comprehensive security solution. Third is the provision of canine services – passive and pro-active detection of drugs, explosives, firearms and currency.

ICTS bring 27 years of aviation security experience, gained in more than 80 airports world-wide in the areas of:

  • Risk-based screening: Testing operational input, Operational effectiveness and input. specifications of operational capabilities.
  • Digital Identity: biometric boarding pass solution

ICTS participates in ACI World Security Standing Committee as well as in ACI Europe Security Committee. They are directly involved and consulted in various professional matters and initiatives, comprising technological solutions , behaviour observations, topics , insider threat mitigation and other.

Role in TRESSPASS:

ICTS to lead standardisation activities under WP 10.

ICTS will also participatein tasks that focus on:

  • Testing operational input.
  • Highlighting threat items that need to be identified.
  • Operational effectiveness and input.
  • Specifications of operational capabilities.

Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg i. Br. (ALU-FR)

Germany

The University of Freiburg’s Centre for Security and Society (CSS) is a transdisciplinary research centre. It focuses the University’s research efforts in the fields of technical, informatical, juridical, sociological, ethical and political research in the field of civil security. The CSS has partnered in a range of security research projects on the national and EU level. Relevant recent examples are the EU-FP7 projects XP-DITE, SURVEILLE and TeraSCREEN.

Role in TRESSPASS:

  • Ensure that standards of ethical research and development are met throughout the project.
  • Identify relevant ethical, legal and societal aspects (ELSAs) of risk based border management approaches.
  • Develop a coherent approach for assessing the ELSA related direct impact of risk based approaches on the travelling public, with a special focus on potential data protection, accountability and discrimination issues.
  • Suggest options for mitigation and minimization of ethical impact for TRESSPASS tools and solutions.
  • Generation of guidelines for decision makers with regard to ethical, legal and societal aspects of risk based border management.
  • Identify foreseeable indirect ethical impact of introducing risk based screening concepts.

APSS Software & Services Ltd. (CASRA)

Switzerland

APSS Software & Services Ltd is part of the Center for Adaptive Security Research and Applications (CASRA), which was founded in 2008. CASRA emerged from the Visual Cognition Research Group of the University of Zurich, which was founded by Adrian Schwaninger in 1999. Today, CASRA APSS has a workforce of around 30 people (full time equivalent: 22), comprising of psychologists, economists, computer scientists, imaging specialists, software developers, aviation security experts, and more, most of which have an academic degree.
The main objective of CASRA is to increase security and facilitation at airports and other environments involving people and technology.

  • CASRA uses an adaptive approach by combining applied psychology, computer science and economic analysis.
  • All software, methods and procedures are based on scientific research and are continuously improved in close collaboration with experts and end users.
  • Our knowledge is provided to society through publications in scientific journals, conferences and magazines.

Studies in the areas of aviation security, human factors, human-machine interaction, cognitive and computational modelling, perception and recognition of objects have led to the development of applications for training and testing in the area of aviation and border security, installed in more than 40 countries at more than 900 airports and other sites in Europe and worldwide.

CASRA uses its experience in various fields to support various aspects of TRESSPASS

Role in TRESSPASS:

CASRA will use its experience in order to support activities related to the conceptual groundwork in WP1. We support the end-user requirement definition, the development of a risk-based border management concept, and the development of a legal and regulatory framework using our expertise in this kind of activity in aviation security and border control. By bringing our designing capabilities to the table, we support WP2. We strongly support WP4’s web intelligence activities, based on our knowledge and activities in another multi-year project called Systematic Threat Assessment. This methodology is the basis for our red teaming activities, with which a specialized team are penetration testing the newly developed risk-based concepts by trying to manipulate sensor or other data. The findings are fed back to strengthen the concepts and resilience thereof. Our knowledge in human-machine interaction, and specifically the usability of graphical user-interfaces, supports the set of applications developed within WP5. CASRA is an expert in developing many different forms of training which aims at helping human operators in the best possible way to incorporate new knowledge and processes. This is used in WP7 to organize and develop a training to provide training for the risk-based border concepts (border guards and C2-operators). Our experience of conducting scientific pilots will be provided in WP8 – Pilots.
 


Vicarious Perception Technologies BV (VV)

Netherlands

Vicarious Perception Technologies – VicarVision for short – is a computer vision R&D company that has been developing custom surveillance, facial expression recognition, human and object detection and tracking systems since 2001. Together with three sister companies, VicarVision is part of the SMR-group, a group of artificial intelligence technology companies active in different AI application areas for over 25 years. VicarVision employs 15 specialists with post-graduate backgrounds in AI, mathematics, informatics, software engineering and psychology.

VicarVision develops state of the art computer vision solutions and products specializing in perceiving people from video. FaceReader, actively used in over 500 behavioural research institutes and companies worldwide, was the first commercial offering of its kind and remains the premier product for evaluating emotional expressions and heart rate from the human face. Vicar Analytics is VicarVision’s newest product, using state-of-the-art people tracking, emotion recognition and big data analytics to provide actionable intelligence (customer flows, walking patterns, demographics and engagement) for stakeholders in retail environments. Largely, an R&D company, VicarVision has received numerous national and European grants to develop solutions in surveillance, detection & tracking of humans, and signalling abnormal suspect behaviour.

Role in TRESSPASS:

VV will develop people tracking, person re-identification, and stress detection solutions as part of WP3 (Sensors and Information Gathering) and will provide support in tasks of WP4 (Data Fusion and Analytics).


Independent Authority for Public Revenue (IAPR)

Greece

The Hellenic Customs Administration is a law enforcement agency and is one of the main units of the Independent Authority for Public Revenue (IAPR). With the establishment of the modern Hellenic state, one of the first institutions set up to secure the necessary resources for its operation were the Customs Service. Hellenic Customs Service's statutory tasks and obligations are, among others, to implement the National and European Community Customs Code, to control the trade of goods under excise duties (tobacco products, alcohol, fuel), to assess and collect duties, to exercise border customs controls, to protect the public health and society, to combat illicit trafficking of drugs, weapons, radioactive substances, to combat trade of counterfeited products, to combat money laundering. The above factors are components of the mission of the Customs Service. Nowadays the Customs Service focuses its efforts to facilitate the commercial transactions, without omitting to prove in practice its interest to protect the society.

Particularly, the General Directorate of Customs and Excise Duty is administration in charge of the implementation and compliance with the regulatory and statutory provisions relating to the movement of persons, goods and vehicles entering and exiting the Greek customs territory that is also a Community customs territory. The Customs Service acts in various fields by performing two cardinal roles, the Fiscal-Economic and the Social one.

Role in TRESSPASS:

Hellenic Customs participates in the tasks related to end-user requirements, training, design and assessment of risk based border crossings, pilot demos in Hellas and dissemination and exploitation activities. The Customs Service acts in various fields by performing two cardinal roles, the Fiscal-Economic and the Social one.


Center for Security Studies / Hellenic Police (KEMEA)

Greece

The Center for Security Studies (KEMEA) is a think tank on homeland security policies and an established research center since 2005 within the Hellenic Ministry of Interior, aiming to support security policy implementations in Greece at a strategic level.

KEMEA is a member of the “European Security Research and Innovation Forum (ESRIF)”, one of the founding members of the “European Organization for Security (EOS)”, the “Public Safety Communication Europe Forum (PSCE)”, the “European Association of Research and Technology Organizations (EARTO)” and has established links to the ENLETS community (European Network of Law Enforcement Technology Services), an active member of the European Association for Biometrics (EAB) which is the primary European multi-stakeholder platform for biometrics, aiming at communication and community building, training and education, and research and program development and major participant to the action of the EU-LISA (European Agency for the operational management of Large-Scale IT Systems in the area of freedom, security and justice) initiative;

More specifically, the activities of KEMEA include: Research and development in context of National and European projects in close cooperation with LEAs, working under the auspices of the Ministry of Interior and training of practitioners in new systems and technologies. The Center also provides advisory and consulting services to the Ministry of Interior as well as to other Public and Private authorities on safety and security issues.

A prime objective of KEMEA is to bring together all national Law Enforcement Agencies (Police, Fire Service, Coast Guard, Civil Protection agency, etc.) and to enable them to collaborate, interconnecting them with corresponding agencies, research institutions and the industry from around Europe. This dedicated approach to exploring synergies, establishing communication links and working together to produce end-user driven research on all fronts of the Security Sector during the last decade, has earned KEMEA its participation in numerous National and EC R&D projects.

Role in TRESSPASS:

KEMEA’s main contribution is the leadership of all pilot tasks that will take place in TRESSPASS and mainly the pilot task in Greece with a scenario for risk-based screening and identity verification of cruise passengers and goods at Piraeus Cruise Port. Hellenic Police participates in TRESSPASS through KEMEA.

KEMEA also participates in almost all end-user related tasks of the project for:

  • End user requirements and needs
  • Design and assessment of risk-based border crossings
  • Operational methods and acceptability
  • Simulation, training and evaluation
  • Ethical and data protection issues
  • Dissemination, Communication and awareness raising activities and roadmap for the project

Piraeus Port Authority (PPA)

Greece

Piraeus Port Authority (PPA S.A.), founded in 1930, runs and operates Piraeus Port, the largest port in Greece and one of the most important ports in terms of facilitating EU trade. PPA S.A. employs more than 1.000 people and annually provides services to more than 24.000 ships. PPA is developing into a modern and dynamic company that provides high quality services, keeps investors satisfied, ensures long-term employment and serves commercial transactions in Greece in favor of the national economy and the consumers in the most efficient way and within the context of the global port industry. Piraeus is a major transshipment hub for containers and vehicles inbound to EU and the broader Mediterranean region from SE Asia, the Pacific and Indian oceans. Large scale investments were undertaken in container and car terminals within the last years thus supporting economic development through fast and reliable port services.

Piraeus handles nearly 18 mil passengers, more than 3.6 mil TEU of containers and almost 0.5mil merchandise vehicles every year servicing trade routes with 4 continents.

It is also certified by both LRQA and BV as per ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004.

Role in TRESSPASS:

  • End User Requirements
  • CONOPS
  • Piraeus Port Operator and Greek Pilot Infrastructures Provider and operator

Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Insular Policy/Hellenic Coast Guard (HCG)

Greece

The main tasks of the entity and especially of the Hellenic Coast Guard are: general police duties at the sea and at the port facilities, marine environment protection, border surveillance, fishery control, maritime security/safety, search and rescue operations and several other duties. Alongside, HCG applies police duties in ports which are characterised as Border crossing point (BCP’s) from Schengen Agreement and support Hellenic Police (HP is responsible for the application of the border control in Schengen areas).

Role in TRESSPASS:

Due to the position of Greece (crossroad between Europe, Asia and Africa), HCG personnel is specialised to deal with illegal activities that occur at BCP’s such as the ports of Piraeus, Patras and Igoumenitsa. HCG as an entity can provide the project with data and experience that can help the development of the risk-based border management system.

  • End User Requirements
  • Risk based CONOPS
  • Port Safety and Surveillance – Greek Pilot
Royal Netherlands Marechaussee, Dutch border guard (RNM)

Netherlands

The Royal Netherlands Marechaussee (RNM) is a gendarmerie corps, a police organisation with military status. The Ministry of Security and Justice has authority, the Ministry of Defence is responsible for the management.

Characteristics of the RNM are national and international deployment, deployment in threat situations and deployment at the high end of the spectrum of force

The main tasks of the RNM are border control and border surveillance, military police, military missions and police missions and security & surveillance incl. civil aviation security.

Role in TRESSPASS:

The main tasks of the RNM are:

  • To lead the pilot in the Netherlands, together with TNO, where the TRESSPASS solution will be applied to an air border crossing
  • To elicit end user needs and requirements regarding the TRESSPASS solution
  • To evaluate all ideas and solutions within TRESSPASS with respect to usability

Furthermore, the RNM is involved in:

  • Methods & Acceptability
  • Simulation and training
  • Evaluation

Border Guard of the Republic of Poland (PBG)

Poland

Border Guard of the Republic of Poland (PBG) was established by the Act of 12th October 1990 on the Border Guard and Act on the State Border Protection of 12th October 1990. It consists of nearly 4.000 civil workers and almost 15.000 well - trained officers who 24/7 protect one of the longest EU external border. Border Guard Headquarters (BG HQs) of Poland is central unit which services the Border Guard Commander in Chief by supporting and coordinating actions of the BG units. Border Guard consist of the following services: Departaments and Bureaus in BG HQ, 12 Border Guard Regional Units, Central BG Training Center in Koszalin, BG Training Center in Kętrzyn, BG Specialist Training Center in Lubań. HQ cooperate with FRONTEX, Interpol, Europol, Nordic Liaison Office etc.

Main tasks and powers of the Border Guard:

  • protection of the state border;
  • fighting border crime and prosecuting perpetrators;
  • organisation and performance of border traffic control;
  • implementation of international agreements regarding legal relations at the state border;
  • supervision over the use of Polish maritime areas and monitoring vessels for their compliance with the regulations in effect in that area ;
  • ensuring public order within the border crossing area, and, within the scope of the BG competence, in the border zone;
  • security control of means of international transport, including onboard security control;
  • counteracting crime against public safety and crime against aviation safety, as well as pursuing perpetrators thereof;
  • preventing transportation of drugs, psychotropic substances, harmful waste, weapons, ammunition and explosives without a proper permit
  • control of legality of aliens’ stay within the state territory.
  • The System of State Border Protection

Role in TRESSPASS:

The role of PL BG will be regular tasks of end – user as they are described in the Project, connected mostly of testing the equipment and technologies produced and prepared during the Project within its operational phase. PBG expects to achieve within this Project more effective surveillance of EU external borders with usage of high advanced solutions and technology in the conditions of increasing passenger's flow


Royal Schiphol Group (AAS)

Netherlands

Royal Schiphol Group is an aviation company with an important social mission. Our airports create value for society and the economy. We offer high-quality air traffic facilities and ensure our airports are optimally accessible. Our ambition is to be Europe’s Preferred Airport for passengers, airlines and logistics service providers alike. In order to achieve our mission of connecting the Netherlands effectively and efficiently, we have clustered our core activities around four business areas: Aviation, Consumer Products & Services, Real Estate and Alliances & Participations. These business areas guide the implementation of our joint strategy and determine the success of Royal Schiphol Group.

The business area Aviation plays a pivotal role at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (A.A.S.), serving passengers, airlines, handling agents and logistics services providers alike. A.A.S supplies and manages the infrastructure needed to ensure pleasant, reliable and efficient arrival and departure processes for passengers, baggage and cargo at Schiphol. A.A.S. is responsible for coordinating safety in the terminal, on aprons and roads and in airside areas and buildings, for aviation security and facilitating the government in carrying out their border responsibilities at Schiphol.

Role in TRESSPASS:

  • Advise and support to the risk based concept and the implementation.
  • Support to / hosting of the pilot in the Netherlands.