Homeland Security & Defence

Promoting innovative 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


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.


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.
  • 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, with 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.



Advanced low flying aircrafts detection and tracking
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Development of a surveillance system for timely detection and classification of air targets, providing a prediction of landing sites or dropping zones.


Proactive enhancement of human performance in border control
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Focuses on human factors in border lines to enhance the performance of border guards and the travelers’ experience. 


Next generation of information systems to support EU external policies
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Providing EU Civilian missions with a secure and cost-effective information system which enhances situational awareness, information exchange, and operational control.


Addresses the fast inspection of containers in ports and crossing borders to detect Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) materials.


Driving Innovation in Crisis Management for European Resilience
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Aims to develop and boost the uptake of innovative solutions to address the operational needs of practitioners dealing with Crisis Management (CM).


Privacy, Ethical, Regulatory and Social no-gate crossing point solutions acceptance
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Provides a unified Impact Assessment Method for No-Gate Crossing Point Solutions.


Increasing disaster resilience by establishing a sustainable process to support standardisation of technologies and services
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Roadmap for the empowerment of Crisis Management and European disaster resilience through standardisation, by ensuring that expectations of suppliers are adequately portrayed.


Integrated and adaptive responses to toxic emergencies for rapid triage: engineering the roadmap from casualty to patient to survivor.
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Integrated concept of operation for crisis management in catastrophic Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) incidents.


Towards a EU framework for the security of widezones
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European framework for widezones surveillance taking into consideration costs, complexity, vulnerability, societal acceptance, and ethics.