Joint Research Centre - European Commission

The European Commission's in-house science service
European Commission

Internal security

The JRC provides support to the Community policy area of freedom, security and justice through the development and application of information technologies in the fight against fraud, organised crime - including money laundering - and illicit trafficking.

Biometrics: fingerprint recognitionIPSC's work in border security, for example, is currently looking at implementation of the EU regulation on electronic passports, and the use of biometric identifiers in EU passports, residence permits and visas.

Other research activities are addressing the prevention, preparedness and risk management of scenarios triggered by intentional acts (sabotage of industrial installations, blasts, impacts, biological and chemical agents, attacks to food systems) on infrastructures as well as the assessment of threats and vulnerabilities of critical infrastructures in key sectors at EU level (e.g. information systems, financial systems, industrial plants, public buildings, transport systems and infrastructures, communication networks, financial networks, navigation systems, electricity and gas/oil infrastructures, food distribution systems, etc).


Details on scientific actions in this area:

  • Statistics and Information Technologies for Anti-Fraud and Security Read more
  • Supply Chain - Tracing Technologies in the Supply Chain Read more
  • Communications and Radar Sensors Networks for Security Applications Read more
  • Physical Vulnerability Assessment of Critical Structures Read more
  • Protection and Security of Networked Critical Infrastructures Read more
  • Open Source Text Information Mining and Analysis Read more
  • Passport, Identity Management and Access Control Read more