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Workshop on Emerging Surveillance Capabilities & Requirements

On 5-6 July 2011, the Joint Research Center (JRC) of the European Commission organized a workshop on “Emerging Surveillance Capabilities and Requirements”. Around 40 R&D managers, researchers and practitioners from key European RTD institutes or academia, operators and leading system / equipment providers attended the workshop. The workshop was hosted by the Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen (IPSC) at JRC (, in Ispra, Italy. The purpose of the workshop was to provide a forum where key scientists and practitioners could meet to address the following issues: (a) Review the technology state of the art and the operational requirements; (b) Anticipate technology trends and future needs, including testing and standards; (c) Consider legal, regulatory and ethical aspects. Some key-elements which arose during these sessions are worth being highlighted here: The overview of current European projects and national initiatives showed some common concerns in terms of issues being addressed and including the following main topics standardization, testing and performance assessment under increasingly complex scenarios (365/24/7 video analytics service level, multiple image/video sources and sensors), impact of societal requirements/issues, such as privacy and security, in the planning, design and implementation phase of surveillance systems. European networking and multi-disciplinary cooperation were often mentioned as relevant means to improve surveillance capabilities as well as to significantly enhance awareness of the societal values of concern. More precisely, the following points were cited: - Surveillance capabilities need to be federated and coordinated at the European level. - A mutual interest for cooperation for surveillance has been identified with the main aims of sharing best practices and common standards; the exchange of scientific staff as well as the use of national capabilities by other countries are some of the potential means to achieve it. The organization of workshops on the regular yearly basis was also suggested. - Trend to pervasive observation / monitoring rendering data protection and privacy even more important issues which it is suggested to address in a future workshop. Some new challenges for surveillance to be addressed in a very short-term future were introduced by several participants. A European certification framework for smart surveillance, the development of common privacy and performance testing methodologies, need for reference datasets, are some of these challenges. This report summarizes the workshop’s contents and the main findings agreed during the closing session. It also contains all the PowerPoint format documents presented except the ones for which a confidentiality clause was required.