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SECUR-ED - One year on the project continues to focus on providing urban transport security for the citizens of Europe

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The SECUR-ED demonstration project held its first review meeting in Paris on April 27, 2012, to discuss the first year of project activities with key partners and stakeholders. The objective of the project is to provide a set of tools to improve urban transport security. Participants include all the major stakeholders from across Europe, including Police, transport operators and local authorities.

With the countdown beginning to the start of the 30th Olympic Games, focus is centered on security and transportation concerns for millions of spectators and thousands of athletes from more than 200 countries set to converge on the English capital.

Major cities like London, facing security concerns should soon be able to benefit from the SECUR-ED project which launched last year in Paris.  The project marked the beginning of an unprecedented collaboration between rail and security suppliers and operators to provide large- and medium scale cities in Europe with the means to enhance urban transport security.

One year on a major challenge for the project is to define a consistent and interoperable mix of technologies focusing on security of people and infrastructures, from minor offences to major terrorism threats.  It will also address the need to develop packaged modular solutions from risk assessments to complete training packages.

The different modules (made up of best practices, procedures, training, hardware and software) are selected and packaged with interoperable interfaces, ready to be integrated. These include:

  • A toolkit of operational procedures aimed at identifying and managing risks
  • A series of improved technical security solutions
  • Video analytics to analyze threats
  • Standardized information management and exchange between the various transport operators and the users
  • Intelligent incident prevention and early warning systems
  • Extensive training programmes for all types of stakeholders

Integration of the SECUR-ED toolkit will be demonstrated in the four demo cities (Madrid, Paris, Milan and Berlin). Each city will play host to several distinct scenarios in various real environments and will give concrete examples of how to increase security.  It will also support the creation of a European common market for security solutions adapted to mass transport.  Additional demonstrations are also planned in Bucharest, Brussels, Lisbon and Istanbul.

The project is expected to run for 42 months and has a total budget of €40 million which has partly been funded by the EU.

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