Security Research programme’s largest project prepares to launch its multi-mode transport security demonstration project at selected European cities
The Security Research (SR) programme’s biggest project will hold its mid-term conference at the end of May 2013 to review its work so far on the critical challenge of protecting multi-mode transport hubs in urban settings against security threats. The project’s technology demonstrations will soon take place at various cities across Europe, structured around different threat scenarios.
Known as SECUR-ED (“SECured URban transportation”), the project has a total budget of EUR 40 million of which the European Commission contribution was 63 percent (EUR 25 million), making it the biggest SR project funded so far. Its goal is to create modular security technology and training solutions to be used in mass transport systems in medium-to-large-sized cities across Europe.
Launched in April 2011, SECUR-ED will orchestrate “flagship” demonstrations of its system-of-system detection, alert and threat management capabilities in four cities in 2013, while carrying out risk-assessment activities in another nine before its 42-month lifetime draws to a close in September 2014.
SECUR-ED was among eight SR projects showcased during the Commission’s workshop in Madrid at Spain’s HOMSEC security trade show, which took place on 12-13 March. Indeed, Madrid is one of the project’s four flagship demonstration sites, along with Paris, Milan and Berlin.
For example, SECUR-ED has worked with some 40 transport operators around Madrid to prepare for the event, according to Tomas Malero. The latter works for Consorcio Regional de Transportes de Madrid (CRTM), which co-leads SECUR-ED’s work packages focused on technology deployment and assessment.
Noting that SECUR-ED’s definition of a common language across all its demo scenarios is just about finished, Malero said it was a complex challenge. “It entails the management of threats when they lead to multi-modal incidents. Thus the challenge: how to send messages from operators to emergency responders and how to translate those into language that the latter can understand?” he told the workshop. “It also meant taking into account the legal, cultural and societal aspects of all the stakeholders involved.”
SECUR-ED’s mid-term conference will take place from 9:30-16:00 in Geneva on 30 May and will bring together experts from the private sector and public transport operators from Europe, Asia, and North America to review the challenges of public transport security.
The event is free of charge. To attend, interested parties should register here by no later than 15 May.