JRC-IPSC activities

The Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen (IPSC) is a research institute with a strong focus on information technologies applied to security. This is the result of a 10-year evolution during which the institute's skills were strengthened and constantly adapted to address new global challenges. The institute's expertise in information technologies, engineering, mathematical modelling, remote sensing and econometrics has been directed towards one single objective: to enhance citizens’ safety and security.
Urged by European and international developments in the past decade, the IPSC has fine-tuned its research priorities in those fields that have emerged as key concerns in the EU security agenda, such as crisis management, protection of critical infrastructures and networks, maritime surveillance and border security. Since 2011, the IPSC has also been looking into the impact that new emerging technologies can have on the citizen.

Financial and Economic Analysis

Since the beginning of Europe's financial crisis, the European Commission has made several proposals to help tackle two pressing challenges: the need to restore financial stability and to boost economic growth. The IPSC develops mathematical models and computational tools to help the Commission and EU Member States in taking informed policy decisions in these areas.

The IPSC assesses the efficiency and effectiveness of new and existing proposals for financial regulation, measures the progress of their implementation and develops advanced technologies and models for the assessment of the growth and stability pact.

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Financial and Economic analysis

Global Security and Crisis Management

Every year natural disasters and crises worldwide cause fatalities and considerable economic losses. Reinforcing the EU’s capacity to prevent, prepare for and respond to disasters is therefore a key priority. Through its research in crisis management technologies, information mining and analysis, the IPSC helps strengthen the EU’s resilience to crises and disasters and the EU’s aim to promote stability and peace.

The IPSC's work focuses on integrated systems for risk analysis, situational awareness, early warning and collaborative decision-making.

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Crisis management


Global safety and security

Internet surveillance systems

Maritime Affairs

Our seas, oceans and coasts are important resources for the EU. The IPSC provides scientific and technical support to the European Commission services in charge of marine and maritime policies.

The IPSC's research in this field focuses on novel methods and integration of different information sources for maritime surveillance and on assessment and forecasting for fisheries. The IPSC also provides harmonised safety accident reporting tools for maritime, air and rail traffic.

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Fisheries and Aquaculture

Maritime safety and security

Transport safety and security

European Laboratory for Structural Assessment

The construction sector is of strategic importance, as it delivers the buildings and infrastructure needed by the rest of the economy and society. The IPSC studies the structural behaviour of buildings and other infrastructures under earthquake scenarios and intentional threats or accidents, such as explosions, impacts and blasts.

It develops methodologies to increase the safety of buildings and contributes to create harmonized guidelines for strengthening European competitiveness in the building sector. The IPSC also studies innovative concepts for cargo containers.

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Improving safety in construction

Standards in construction: the Eurocodes

Security Technology Assessment

The power grid, the transport network and information and communication systems are among the so-called "critical infrastructures", which are essential to maintain vital societal functions. Disruptions to these systems could cause major economic and social damage. The IPSC carries out research towards the standardization and harmonisation of the protection of European networked infrastructures and hazardous industrial installations.

Special emphasis is on the protection of large scale European infrastructures, including the smart grid, the internet, and the European space assets.

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Interoperability of Global Navigation Satellite Systems

Critical infrastructure protection


Preventing industrial accidents

Technological accidents triggered by natural disasters

Digital Citizen Security

Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) pervade more and more our lives in all fields. The IPSC carries out research on how emerging ICT will impact on the security and privacy of citizens' daily life, with the aim to strengthen trust and security of citizens in a sustainable and inclusive ICT-based European society.

In the balance between European security needs and fundamental citizen rights, the institute works on risk mitigation, on cyber security, data protection, privacy and other ethical considerations, and on the associated legal and regulatory frameworks.

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Security for privacy and data protection

Ethical aspects of new ICT technologies

Citizens' digital footprint


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