Space Hellas S.A. (Greece)

Space Hellas S.A. is a leading system integrator and value-added service, application and solution provider in the areas of ICT and Security for the enterprise, government and defence sectors, certified according to ISO 9001:2008 and ISO/IEC 27001:2005 standards. Space Hellas is a Greek SME (~210 employees) established in 1985 with headquarters situated in Athens, branch offices in the four biggest cities in Greece, and international presence, with subsidiaries in Cyprus, Romania, Serbia, Malta, and with activities in Albania and the Middle East. The primary activities of Space Hellas include: Design and implementation of wired, wireless and satellite communication networks; Design and implementation of IT solutions and data storage systems; Development and provision of IT and physical security solutions; Provision of IP telephony and audio/video conferencing solutions; Development and provision of telematics applications; Implementation of specialised solutions for telecom providers; Infrastructure solutions and services; Provision of consultancy services and state-of-the-art technical support; Provision of training and know-how transfer services.

Space Hellas is coordinating the City.Risks project, already having significant experience in the management of numerous successful R&D and commercial projects, many of which in the security domain. Moreover, it takes part in the technical development of the project, in particular leading the work related to the theft detection sensors. It is also contributing to the system architecture, integration and evaluation and also contributes to dissemination and exploitation activities, being a commercial entity with a strong interest in project results exploitation.

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Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems FOKUS (Germany)

The aim of Fraunhofer FOKUS is, to provide interoperable solutions for such Smart Cities. They help in the sensible usage of resources like energy and water, intelligent control of traffic and in overcoming catastrophes efficiently. They enable digital administration and an Open Government, and ensure that critical infrastructure such as traffic, power supply and medical help function reliably round the clock.

With the competencies and knowledge acquired from developing two of the largest early warning systems in Europe, FOKUS is developing the risk management, alerting and response engine, which will provide reliable near real-time notification and secure mobile communication between users and between users and authorities. To enable this communication, FOKUS is developing a mobile City.Risks app that will feature advanced augmented reality concepts, first, to clearly and comprehensibly visualize City.Risks information, second, to give directions to users and, third, as a means to engage users to crowdsource safety-related information. Furthermore, FOKUS is developing communication protocols for a theft detection facility based on wireless technologies, as an integral part of the mobile app. One of the prominent features that is incorporated into all of the solutions is privacy protection. In the development of mobile augmented reality concepts FOKUS cooperates with the research group of Prof. Dr. Frank Fuchs-Kittowski at Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft (HTW) in Berlin.

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Athena Research & Innovation Center in Information, Communication and Knowledge Technologies (Greece)

Athena Research Center (www.athenarc.gr) is a research and technology body, which was founded under the auspices of the Greek Ministry of Development in 2001. R.C. Athena participates in the project through the Institute for the Management of Information Systems (www.imis.athena-innovation.gr). IMIS was founded in 2007, with the mission to conduct research in the area of data management and large-scale information systems. In this small time-frame, IMIS has been established as one of the leading Research Institutes in EU in big data and semantic web technologies, i.e. the foundations of the data economy. This is apparent in the quantity and quality of scientific publications in these fields, as well as from the success in obtaining competitive funding from EU and national programmes. More than 90% of IMIS budget comes from competitive funding. Highlights include the GEOKNOW, GEOSTREAM and DAIAD projects (FP7, geospatial data, linked data, big data), as well as the ESPAS and EarthServer projects (FP7, big data infrastructures for environmental data). Research at IMIS has a strong collaborative aspect, and ranges from basic to applied research. The main areas of expertise of IMIS include:

  • Distributed information systems and web information systems, with focus on scalability and efficiency aspects.
  • Information integration, interoperability of information systems, semantic web, linked data and ontology management.
  • Business and database intelligence systems, with focus on implementation and optimization.
  • Management of geographical information, with focus on spatial and spatiotemporal data management techniques.
  • Scientific databases and digital libraries, with focus on biological and environmental data management, and on data preservation and provenance.
The main role of ATHENA in the project focuses on research and development for the City.Risks platform. In particular, ATHENA leads the work on designing and implementing the data management layer and the techniques and tools for data acquisition, integration and mining. ATHENA contributes also in developing novel algorithms and techniques for risk management, alerting and response. In addition, ATHENA participates in the development of the core platform components and the operation center, including the tasks for system integration, configuration and evaluation.

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SYNYO GmbH (Austria)

SYNYO is an innovative company based in Vienna and structured into the divisions of research, development and consulting. Focused on "ICT & Society", SYNYO follows a research-oriented approach, holds in-depth expertise in technical development, social research, and merges these areas successfully within applied research projects. The SYNYO staff consists of highly motivated academics specialised in various technical fields, including software engineering, architecture design, proof of concept prototyping, application development, Social Media analytics and usability testing. SYNYO also covers various social research disciplines such as security research, technological sociology, mass media and conflict communication and social research methods. In various projects SYNYO uses innovative methods such as monitoring approaches or collective intelligence techniques to collect, filter and present user generated content and mass data out of social media.

In City.Risks, SYNYO will lead WP6: City.Risks pilots including setup, testing, validation and evaluation. During this work package SYNYO will perform activities like configuring and setting up the platform to run the pilots at the local sites, defining the evaluation scenarios for each pilot, preparing the key user groups for participating in the pilots, executing the pilots, collect, analyse and respond to feedback, and performing a final system fine tuning and validation. Except for coordinating the pilots in the third project period, SYNYO will also contribute in all other work packages with the expertise technological research, data modelling and analysis, system design and evaluation, web design and development.

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Infili UK Ltd (United Kingdom)

Infili is a research intensive SME that utilizes a unique combination of high-end technologies as an outcome of many years of R&D experience and is structured around a pool of highly qualified and motivated engineers with expertise in international projects. The company is designing solutions for vertical industries with diverse and very demanding requirements regarding the exploitation of their information and knowledge repositories. The company’s main competences are focused on machine learning algorithms (used for recommendation systems and sentiment analysis approaches), as well as advanced software engineering solutions spanning a wide range of SOA and SaaS principles. Infili offers a variety of services, summarized below:

  • Enterprise IT systems.
  • Information Security / ISO 27001 / COBIT.
  • Broadband Access solutions.
  • Project Management in deployment projects.
  • Research & Development in the areas of
  • Semantic-Web: Ontology oriented & and knowledge enriched Web perception.
  • AI: Artificial and information intelligence Web3.0 applications, sentiment analysis.
  • Web data mining: Information retrieval and Information extraction from unstructured sources
In the project, Infili will lead the design of the platform architecture, as well as the implementation of its core components, drawing from its experience and expertise in enterprise IT systems analysis and design and business process engineering. Infili will also lead the work in designing and implementing the City.Risks core platform. In addition, it will contribute to the development of the operation centre, and to the task of data acquisition and mining, using its internally developed web information extraction and mining software tools. Furthermore, Infili will contribute to the deployment, operation and evaluation of the pilots, as well as to dissemination and exploitation activities.

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Institute of Communications and Computer Systems – ICCS (Greece)

The Institute of Communication and Computer Systems is the ranking research institute on communications and computers in Greece. ICCS is affiliated with the National Technical University of Athens. ICCS is a nonprofit Academic Research Body established in 1989 by the Ministry of Education in order to carry research and development activities in the fields of all diverse aspects of telecommunications, computer systems and techniques and their application in a variety of areas such as Computer Science, Statistics, Mathematics, Global System Science, Economics, Econometrics, Game Theory, and Big Data Analytics, with emphasis in Data Mining, Spatio-temporal Event Detection, Pattern Recognition, Neural Networks, Deep Belief Networks, software and Hardware Engineering, Telematics and Multimedia Applications. Distributed Generation and Management Systems. The personnel of ICCS consists of a number of Research scientists and more than 500 Associate scientists (including PhD students). The research carried out in ICCS is substantially supported by SECE University Professors. There are many research units and laboratories presently active in ICCS. ICCS ranked in position 19 in FP7 with respect to funding among all European research establishments, companies and universities (together with NTUA, it ranked in the 12th position). ICCS is associated with the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (SECE) of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) and is being supervised by the Hellenic Ministry of Education.Within ICCS/NTUA operates the “Internet Science Group” which is led by Professor E. N. Protonotarios, a very experienced telecommunications leader in Greece.

The primary role of ICCS in the City.Risks Project will be to lead the effort for integrating, deploying and configuring the City.Risks platform and its components, and performing the overall system evaluation and verification from a technical perspective. ICCS will also contribute to the specification of the interoperability API of the platform, the specification of the interfaces and communication protocols of the theft detection sensors, and the development of the mobile applications. In addition, ICCS will participate in the setup, operation and evaluation of the pilots.

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Freie Universität Berlin (Germany)

The Freie Universität Berlin is one of the leading universities in the world and distinguishes itself through its modern and international character. It is also one of the largest universities in Germany, offering degree courses in more than a hundred subjects for 34,000 students - of which 15 per cent come from other countries. Without including Medicine, the Freie Universität is currently lead university for seven collaborative research centres of the German Research Foundation DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) and also has four DFG research units. The level of external funding acquired rose to more than EUR 60 million. The Freie Universität Berlin is one of nine German universities that met with success in all three funding lines in the federal and state Excellence Initiative, thereby receiving additional funding for its institutional future development strategy. Freie Universität can thus take its place as an “International Network university” in the global competition among universities. Its future development strategy is focused around three strategic centers: for cluster development, for international exchange, and for graduate studies. Development and assessment of research projects takes place within three major focus areas - area studies, humanities, and life sciences. Freie Universität has various offices abroad, e.g., in New York, Beijing, and Moscow, that provide a platform for international cooperation.

The Database and Information Systems Group at Freie Universität Berlin focuses on both application-orientedand basic research issues in the domains of modeling and algorithm design for data management. Since its beginning, these aspects were carried out in two major fields of application, namely information retrieval (Prof. H. Schweppe) and spatial databases (Prof. A. Voisard). With the emergence of mobile devices, the focus has shifted to location-based services (e.g., navigation systems on smart phones). Orthogonally, an important part of the research work of the group tackles the appropriateness of event-based systems and event-driven architectures in this context.
FU Berlin will lead the formulation of the use cases, requirements and key performance indicators for the City.Risks applications and the development of the City.Risks operation center for situational awareness and response in emergencies. In addition, FUB will also contribute to the implementation of the data management component and the risks management, alerting and response engine.

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The Institute for Criminal Policy Research (United Kingdom)

ICPR, in its different incarnations, has now been in existence for twenty years. It has established itself both as an academic research centre and as a highly productive provider of short- and middle-term policy research for central and local government. Its policy reports are targeted first and foremost at politicians and their advisors, and at senior managers and practitioners within the criminal justice system and in related fields. It has secured grants worth over £16m from government, the funding councils, the European Commission and charitable trusts. ICPR has made a significant contribution to the development of several areas of criminal policy, including sentencing; public attitudes to sentencing; strategies for improving public trust in justice, and for measuring trust in justice; developing and implementing policy on problem drug use and drug-related crime; and work with offenders, especially mentoring and the role of peer advisors.

ICPR will lead the tasks on providing baseline information on crime, fear of crime, perceptions of risks in the pilot sites and will assess the level of preparedness in the pilot sites to be involved in addressing those risks through the use of new technologies. They will also develop the process and schedule for citizens’ feedback during the pilot.

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Malmö University (Sweden)

Malmö University was founded in 1998 and strives to be an active hub for research and innovation that benefits a global society. The research is multidisciplinary and often in collaboration with the surrounding community. Prominent research profiles include Biological Interfaces, Health and Social Conditions – A life course perspective, Migration, New Media, Oral Health, Sports in Transition, Science of Education and Urban studies. The university has 24.400 students and 1500 staff including 85 full professors. Education and research in criminology were initiated at Malmö University in 2007 and the Department of Criminology was established a few years later (2012), with education leading to bachelor, master and doctoral degrees. Research is undertaken on a broad spectrum of criminological themes, including fear of crime, hate crime, criminal careers, geography of crime, and crime prevention. International partnerships include a longitudinal comparative study of youth, social environment and crime in collaboration with the Institute of Criminology, Cambridge University. The Department of Criminology is the leading national actor in the field of neighbourhood fear of crime studies, with associated staff involved in the development of methods used nationwide. In 2012, the Department of Criminology entered into a partnership with the municipality, police and rescue services in the city of Malmö in order to develop more detailed fear of crime studies.

The Department of Criminology is involved in the initial phase of City.Risks with responsibility for conducting an in-depth analysis of urban crime. This task includes analyses on where criminal events occur, individuals involved in criminal activities, and when criminal events usually take place. The Department of Criminology will also provide an overview of the various preventive measures that can be employed in order to mitigate and avoid victimisation of urban crime. In the later phases of City.Risks, the Department of Criminology will analyse the feedback from the pilot studies.

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Roma Capitale (Italy)

Roma Capitale is the largest municipality, in terms of population (2.870.143) and in territorial extension (1.287,36 km²), among the 8.047 municipalities of Italy. It is a representative and collegial organization that has functional and organizational autonomy and it is responsible for planning and political/administrative control. It is divided into 15 administrative areas, called Municipi. Roma Capitale consists of twenty Departments and several others bodies, such as the Mayor's cabinet, the Attorney’s Office, etc. It has a total of approximately 24.000 employees, of whom about 6.000 belong at the Local Police.
In particular, the Division IV of the Mayor’s Office “Emergency Coordination, urban security and special project” of Roma Capitale, involved in the City.Risks Project, performs functions relating to the planning and coordination of interventions intended to improve the urban security conditions and to strengthen the defense and protection of public security/safety. In particular, it coordinates interventions to tackle urban decay and to safeguard urban areas affected by socio-economic marginalization. The Office is engaged in promoting, implementing and coordinating a relationship system involving institutional and non-institutional interlocutors, such as Authorities, Associations, Public and Private Agencies, that are involved in activities related to urban security matters. It has developed and runs the “Secure Rome Integrated System” (Sistema Integrato Roma Sicura - SIRS) originated from the need of creating the Risk Map of Rome. The System provides the Administration with a decision-making support for integrated security. It is a tool for acquisition, analysis, transmission and monitoring that enable planning and coordination of the interventions, reducing the citizen’s perception of insecurity and helping to prevent risks.

The role of Roma Capitale in the project is:

  • to provide input for the studies and surveys to be carried out;
  • to be a Pilot cities, where trials will be setup and executed;
  • to identify and select focus groups to better explore the topic covered by City.Risks;
  • to contribute to disseminate its findings.

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The London Borough of Waltham Forest (United Kingdom)

The London Borough of Waltham Forest is located in north east London with a diverse population of 258,000. The Borough works in partnership with police and other stakeholders to deliver a wide range of interventions to tackle urban gangs, violence against women and girls, preventing violent extremism, anti-social behaviour as well as high volume crimes including burglary, robbery and motor vehicle crime. In Waltham Forest the emphasis is on high quality front line services that provide environmentally healthy and safe neighbourhoods for the people that live and do business here. Working with European partners on the City.Risks project is a natural progression as Waltham Forest seeks to make its mark as a high tech environmentally friendly urban centre.
The role of Waltham Forest in the project is:

  • Waltham Forest will give input to field studies and other surveys.
  • Provision of on-site preparation, configuration, setup and implementations of pilot trials.
  • Identifying and selecting focus groups and analysing the findings.
  • Collective responsibility for communicating and supporting the programme objectives.

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G4S Security Solutions EOOD (Bulgaria)

G4S Security Solutions EOOD is a leading national security provider. Using the business philosophy, organization and know-how of the parent company, G4S Security Solutions EOOD established itself on the Bulgarian security service market as a trustworthy partner supplying excellent quality security services. We develop and provide business processes and services to help our customers across a diverse range of sectors – in areas where managing security and safety risks are a key consideration. G4S plays an important role in society. We make a difference by helping people to operate in a safe and secure environment where they can thrive and prosper and we believe that this role can only grow in importance. We are global experts in the assessment and management of security and safety risks for buildings, infrastructure, materials, valuables, people and society.

By applying our expertise and knowledge derived from providing security solutions we turn our customers’ security challenges into opportunities, having the capacity to varied types of security services, organized in the following units: Manned guarding; Electronic Security Systems & Electronic Monitoring; and Cash Solutions.

  • G4S, based on his long experience and expertise, will contribute to the studies on security threats, perception of fear of crime and citizens’ engagement in WP2.
  • G4S shall also participate as one of the pilots for the City.Risks evaluation, and will contribute to dissemination and exploitation activities.
  • City.Risks shall enable G4S BG to discover and fill new niches on the Bulgarian security/safety market.

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Comune di Prato (Italy)

The city of Prato is located in Tuscany and counts around 190.000 inhabitants (370,000 in the Province). Through its statute, the City of Prato promotes civic duties and solidarity among its citizens and co-operation and agreements with the other local authorities. Directly or through participated consortia, the City of Prato manages the main services of the town, including culture, libraries, museums, school logistics, routes, territory planning and services for disadvantaged groups. Prato is a leading municipality in the decentralisation of procedures and has been very active in Information Technology since many years. Since 1996, the City of Prato has started to provide information to the public by the Internet through its Civic Network, by involving other municipalities and other parts of the public sector, with the aim of improving the use of ICT among local entities, integrating ICT resources, promoting the use of electronic data and document exchange and stimulating participation and democracy through telematic tools. Since the starting of the PO-NET local project the Prato Municipality has promoted and/or taken part in several initiatives partially or totally funded by external Institutions like the European Commission, the Italian Government and the Tuscany Region Government.

The main role of the City of Prato in the City.Risks project is that of leading the dissemination workpackage and this action will be carried out with the support of the Major Cities of Europe (MCE) network, whose operational headquarters are hosted by the City. The network is a non profit organization of European Cities promoting the exchange of experiences about innovation in urban areas driven by ICT. The City of Prato is also supported in the project by PIN Scrl – Polo Universitario Città di Prato, who manages the communication and dissemination channels of the MCE network. The City of Prato will also contribute to the definition of the project user requirements and to the evaluation of the pilot activity results.

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