Homeland Security & Defence

Promoting innovative solutions and emerging technologies for the protection of citizens, goods and infrastructures
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Pedro Soria-RodriguezHead of Market

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Jaime Martin PerezDeputy Head of Sector

Description: 

The sector of Homeland Security & Defense (HSD) coordinates the research and the commercial exploitation of assets produced by the group targeted to industry and public institutions in the defense and security arena, and especially to the homeland security field. Ministry of Interior, the National and Regional Police Forces and also all types of organizations that address or deal with crisis management, citizen safety, critical infrastructures, crime fighting, law enforcement and border intelligence.

Goals: 

The main goal is to encourage the adoption of emerging technologies in the Homeland Security & Defense sector, as well as identify business opportunities for Atos when these involve issues such as crisis management, emergency services, protection of citizens, goods and infrastructures, border surveillance and management or ICT support for law enforcement.

Main Activities: 
  • Promotion of project results and developed assets to Atos customers in Homeland Security & Defense.
  • Identification and pursuing new business opportunities in HSD in line with Atos innovative key digital services.
  • Management of market-driven R&D projects, elaboration of plans for the exploitation of research project results oriented to security and civil protection.
Challenges: 
  • Link strategy and technology: the HSD sector is guided by political and strategic planning, such as the Common Security and Defense Policy (CSDP), which is now integrated into the EU Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), or the Stockholm agenda. Here the challenges are to identify links between these guidelines and actions and emerging / future technologies, to explore “dual use” technologies (defense tech applicable in civil security and the other way round) and to deliver more for less (poll resources, cloud-based solutions, data and info sharing, etc.).
  • Interoperability and collaboration: HSD organizations are immersed in the development of NATO, EDA or other EU cooperation frameworks that span a variety of topics from counter-terrorism and crisis management to operational data exchange or cybersecurity. Objectives are to avoid duplication, pool resources and foster EU excellence.
  • Exploiting “data deluge”: increasing availability of useful information allows the acquisition of knowledge and development of new generation of intelligence applications needed to enhance situational awareness and agility in decision making.
Current Research Topics and Findings: 
  • Innovation in Crisis Management, Resilience and Emergency services.
  • Protection and Surveillance of Critical Infrastructures and Systems.
  • Technologies and Processes for Border Control Management.
  • Decision Support Systems applied to security.
  • Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear related IT solutions.
  • Complex event processing, different mining technologies (data, link, opinion, audio… ), data and context fusion, visual analytics.
  • Design, modeling and simulation of forward-looking scenarios.
  • Automatic image processing and recognition in high demanding scenarios.

Projects

BODEGA

BORDERGUARD - Proactive Enhancement of Human Performance in Border Control
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H2020

BODEGA gets into the Human Factors in border lines to enhance the performance of border guards and the travelers’ experience. Atos, as expert in decision making, designs a decision support system to evaluate certain solutions in particular contexts.

CIRAS

Critical Infrastructure Risk Assessment Support
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CIPS, DG Home

CIRAS provides a Decision Support System for the protection of Critical Infrastructures. Atos has coordinated the consortium and led the technical design and development, having produced modules for the comparison of security measures alternatives.

CIVILEX

Supporting European Civilian External Actions
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H2020

CIVILEX aims to model the information systems in use within the EU Civilian missions and provide possible solutions for a future interoperable Situational Awareness, Information Exchange and Operational Control Platform. Atos coordinates the action.

DRIVER

Driving Innovation in Crisis Management for European Resilience
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FP7, SECURITY

Improving Crisis Management at Member State and EU level covering society resilience, strengthening first responders and training. Atos is coordinating the consortium, has led the design of the architecture and provides a system for early warning.

ResiStand

ResiStand: Increasing disaster Resilience by establishing a sustainable process to support Standardisation of technologies and services
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H2020

ResiStand is drafting a roadmap for the empowerment of Crisis Management and European disaster resilience through standardisation. Atos, as industry leader, ensures that expectations of suppliers are adequately portrayed in the Resistand Process

TOXI-TRIAGE

Integrated and adaptive responses to toxic emergencies for rapid triage: engineering the roadmap from casualty to patient to survivor.
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H2020

TOXI-triage merges technologies from clinical medicine with practices of search and rescue into an integrated concept of operation for triage in a catastrophic CBRN incident. Atos develops an integrated information and communication centre.

ZONeSEC

Towards a EU Framework for the Security of Widezones
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FP7

ZONeSEC addresses Widezones surveillance defining a European framework taking into consideration costs, complexity, vulnerability, societal acceptance and ethics. Atos leads the joint technical effort, the Core development and Dissemination.