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IMPETUS presents the Weapon Detection tool

IMPETUS presents the Weapon Detection tool, one of a set of tools we are developing, together with an integrating platform, dedicated to improving the security of open spaces in smart cities. The tool uses AI (Artificial Intelligence) to analyse images from security cameras in outdoor environments to detect small handguns and assault rifles and alert security staff.

The video shows the information presented to security staff when the tool positively identifies a gun (blue rectangles show people, the red rectangle shoes the gun). For data privacy reasons, the tool shows images of people ONLY if a gun has been positively identified; in normal circumstances operators see only shaded rectangles where people are present in images.

Weapon Detection Tool in action

The video is from field-testing of the tool in Oslo (IMPETUS pilot city) in November 2021, using volunteer subjects who gave written consent to use of these images.

#impetus #europeancomission #h2020 #weapondetection #cctv #1702ai #smartcities #oslo #ai #securitycameras #cinedit #switzerland



IMPETUS at the 2nd ECSCI Workshop (Critical Infrastructure Protection)

Wednesday, 27 April 2022

As one of 24 participating project members of the European Cluster for Securing Critical Infrastructures (ECSCI), IMPETUS joined the second ECSCI Virtual Workshop on Critical Infrastructure Protection on Wednesday, the 27th of April 2022, in a virtual conference room. This workshop covered all areas of both cyber and physical security in a range of industries, including industrial sections (e.g. energy, transport, health, sanitation, financial and telecommunications). It brought together policy makers, industry and academic members, practitioners, and representatives from the European Commission to present and discuss their novel techniques in security modelling, IoT security, AI, information sharing and security detection and mitigation techniques.

Joe Gorman (IMPETUS Project leader, SINTEF Digital) presented key results of the IMPETUS Project: how IMPETUS can impact critical infrastructure protection through its integrated tools; the practitioners’ guidelines and training materials; and, how IMPETUS can help policy-makers and current and future users of the platform. 


Photo:  Joe Gorman (IMPETUS Project leader, SINTEF Digital) presenting the IMPETUS Project at
the 2nd ECSCI Virtual 
Workshop on Critical Infrastructure Protection on Wednesday, 27 April 2022


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IMPETUS plenary - Trondheim, April, 2022

5 April 2022

From April 5th to April 7th IMPETUS held its first face-to-face plenary meeting in Trondheim, Norway  - home of the project coordinator, SINTEF.  Due to COVID restrictions, this was the first face-to-face plenary meeting since the project started in September 2020.  The meeting was very successful in creating a good team atmosphere, and excellent progress was made in detailed planning of upcoming live exercises, as well as in technical development and exploitation planning.  The picture shows the team at the end of the meeting, enjoying bright sunshine following snowfalls during the first days of the meeting.


Cold snow, warm smiles and sunshine all round: happy course participants gather for a group photo just after the end of the meeting [from Joe G].



IMPETUS Day at TIEMS 2021 Virtual Annual Conference

Thursday 9th December 2021

What a day! A full day (Thursday, 9 December 2021) at the TIEMS 2021 Virtual Annual Conference was allocated to IMPETUS – and aptly dubbed “IMPETUS Day”. This conference gave the IMPETUS partners an opportunity to describe how their technologies and tools can be used in the IMPETUS platform in the context of urban safety in a smart city.

This year’s TIEMS conference was on “New Emergency Management in a Resilience Era Facing Health, Climate and Energy Challenges”. The conference was co-hosted by the French High Committee for National Resilience (, the “French chapter” representative of TIEMS, with Capacity Building International ( as the technical operator of the conference. The timing of the conference couldn’t have been better considering the long-term COVID-19 crisis sweeping the world. 

There is a call for emergency managers to build and/or enhance new approaches, tools and capabilities to meet these challenges. Emergency management personnel must prepare themselves and their local communities for the challenges, and opportunities, they may face in the future. Given that one of the key focus areas of IMPETUS is the management of process, ethics and technology often seen in emergency mitigation using improved security solutions, IMPETUS was a compelling and welcome addition to the conference program.

Overall, the speakers gave excellent talks at the IMPETUS Day at the TIEMS conference. We look forward in anticipation to more results and outcomes the IMPETUS Project can produce!

You can read more about this in our Newsletter 2.

More information about the TIEMS 2021 Virtual Annual Conference can be found here.

The IMPETUS Day sessions can now be viewed on YouTube:




Smart Cities Disaster Response - The IMPETUS Project


The highly anticipated webinar held on the 28th of October 2021 featuring the IMPETUS Project hosted by CBI, in association with TIEMS, was a success. It's exciting to see some results emerge out of the various facets and from the IMPETUS project partners. The webinar itself was well-attended with visitors tuning in from the United States, across the EU, to Australia, India and China. 

The webinar started with a talk from Joe Gorman (Project Coordinator, SINTEF, Norway), who introduced the project and provided insight into how IMPETUS tools can aid smart cities in addressing urban safety. Jelena Radošević (ISP, Croatia) reported on preliminary results of the IMPETUS Public Opinion Survey with respect to ethical issues regarding smart city technologies. 

This webinar provided the opportunity for the IMPETUS partners to describe how their technologies and tools can be used in the IMPETUS platform in the context of urban safety in a smart city. Radu Popescu (SIMAVI, Romania) spoke about how the integrated components of the IMPETUS platform can be consolidated and used by government agencies, civil society, emergency services and urban infrastructure for improved security management and solutions. The IMPETUS Weapons Detection Tool was unveiled by Joe Levy (CINEDIT, Switzerland), thereafter the IMPETUS Social Media Threats Detection Tool was presented by Joaquin Tuells (INSIKT, Spain).

To conclude the webinar, a couple implementation strategies were also introduced to attendees. These include the IMPETUS Solutions Implementation in the City of Oslo (introduced by Osman Ibrahim) and the IMPETUS COSSEC network (presented by Sandro Bologna). These implementation strategies specifically highlight the practical application of the IMPETUS platform in a smart city. Oslo was the first pilot city to take on this task, and Osman explains how they are implementing the IMPETUS platform, updates us on its implementation in Oslo thus far and looks at future plans. Sandro follows with an update on COSSEC . COSSEC (community of safe and secure cities), not to be limited to its name, is expanded to include interested parties like emergency agencies, citizen organisations, governmental authorities, researchers, innovators and professionals, all of whom may be interested in using IMPETUS now or in the future.

If you missed the webinar, you can watch the full video here.

You can watch Joe Gorman's (Project Coordinator) talk here.

If you'd like to have a look at the presenters' slides, they are available here (pdf).






28 October 2021 @ 5pm CET  

IMPETUS will present a video webinar at the TIEMS/CBI webinar series. In this series, presenters feature their different models, approaches, and systems used in emergency management.

SMART CITIES DISASTER RESPONSE (28 Oct 2021; 5pm CET) will cover the IMPETUS project under the following topics:

  • IMPETUS Project Overview and Expected Results (by Joe Gorman),
  • Survey on Ethical Issues on Smart Cities Technologies (Jelena Radosevic),
  • Integration of Tools (Radu Popescu),
  • Weapon Detection Tool (Joe Levy),
  • Social Media Threats Detection Tool (Joaquin Luzon Tuells),
  • IMPETUS Solutions Implementation in City of Oslo (Osman Mohammad Ibrahim), and
  • COSSEC Network (Sandro Bologna).

There is no doubt that this webinar is an excellent opportunity for emergency management professionals, students, academics and first responders to get to know more about IMPETUS and how this platform can aid and improve their own emergency management responses and tools.

Register HERE

Contact: Harald: khdrager (at)

Missed it? Find this and past talks here: TIEMS & CBI Webinar 2021 Videos





IMPETUS at the CERIS–FCT Workshop



 On 25 February 2021, IMPETUS took part in the CERIS–FCT Virtual Workshop on Protection of Public Spaces.

The workshop discussed how technology innovations can be used to counter attacks on urban meta-systems like public CCTV, transport systems and social media platforms. Using these three scenarios, the workshop also aimed at identifying operational issues that may leave a city vulnerable to attack. Another one of the focus areas of the workshop was identifying the counter measures that are already in place, or that can be put in place against cyber-attacks.

The focus areas in the workshop were highly relevant to the objectives of IMPETUS, so it was very useful for us to attend and have an open discussion with the other participants about how our various projects could contribute to improved urban security.

The three scenarios were an excellent mechanism for promoting lively and fruitful discussion. It was clear that IMPETUS tools have a role to play in addressing some (but not all) of the operational and technological gaps.  It was also clear that the three IMPETUS “Practitioner’s Guides”, providing practical guidelines, training materials and reference information have a major role to play here. The Practitioner’s Guide on ethics has a special role in clearly defining the ethical and data privacy considerations that must be respected when deploying advanced technological solutions.

Active participation in the workshop provided us with good insight into other projects working in the area, indicating possible paths for future co-operation and synergy.




Joe Gorman presents at the TIEMS 2020 Annual Conference

“IMPETUS: a research and innovation project addressing urban safety”



On the 3rd of December 2020, IMPETUS project leader, Joe Gorman, presented at TIEMS 2020 Annual Conference on Zoom to a virtual room of TIEMS members from across the globe. TIEMS members constitute a range of professionals from practitioners to academics.

In his talk, Joe introduced IMPETUS, further elucidating the “what, when, who, why, how, where” and the future of the IMPETUS project. He succinctly explained that the overall goal of the project was to “improve the security of public spaces in smart cities”. Joe later described that the way this was going to be achieved in the project was to follow an integrated approach covering day-to-day processes and operations, use of technologies to improve detection & mitigation of security risks, and adherence to ethical and legal standards.

Joe used a simple chart to explain the role of the Community of Safe and Secure Cities – COSSEC – for the project. He explained that, for IMPETUS to have influence beyond the project term, involvement needs to be extended beyond the sphere of the project to include stakeholders, end-users and key contributors that can provide feedback throughout the project duration. He drew on the importance of including two cities that will be pilots for the validation testing of the developed platform through three phases that include digital simulation, data collection and analysis, and exercise using simulated attacks.

But where does the project fit? IMPETUS, Joe explained, bridges the gap between what smart cities already have in place with targeted threats. The project is aimed to enhance situational awareness, city administration and decision-making, while simultaneously combatting targeted threats, such as chemical/biological attacks, physical attacks, cyber attacks and invasion of data privacy.

Joe explained that for IMPETUS to be successful, we need to identify the workspace (i.e. risks and opportunities), refine the technologies and make them available in an integrated platform. The IMPETUS platform utilises technologies that are able to predict, alert and optimise responses to imminent threats.

Joe described some of the technologies that will be used in the course of the project. These included information technology solutions such as data collection tools, machine learning, natural language processing, social network analysis and monitoring. Tools detecting and monitoring physical, biological and chemical threats were also described with respect to the sensor technologies.

Joe concluded his presentation with his long-term projection of the project’s outcome to extend the tools to smart cities, influence policy making with respect to ethical and legal standards and to make COSSEC a lasting feature of IMPETUS.

Joe’s talk was well-received by attendees, with delegates giving him high praise after the talk. Plans for multiple follow-up presentations on IMPETUS have been given the thumbs-up!

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Click here to view Joe’s presentation.

#SmartCities #urbansafety #H2020 #TIEMS  



IMPETUS virtual Kick-off Meeting 1–3 September 2020


The IMPETUS project started with a bang by holding an all-digital kick-off meeting from the 1st to 3rd of September 2020. The IMPETUS project coordinator, Joe Gorman led the meeting, which was also attended by the European Commission Project Officer, Christoph Castex and over 70 participants from the project consortium.

Most of the participants had never met before, so the numerous different technical and partner sessions helped us all to get to know each other better.

Leaders of the various work packages making up the project described how each of these contribute to the project’s overall goals.

Representatives of two pilot cities - Padova and Oslo - presented their ideas and plans for on-street trials.

Industry partners demonstrated the tools that they are going to adapt and integrate into the IMPETUS solution.

The three full days provided lots of opportunities for project partners to initiate collaboration and exchange views with each other. Everyone was exhausted by the end – but at the same time keen to start work in this exciting project!

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The IMPETUS project receives funding from Horizon 2020, the European Union's Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (H2020), under grant agreement n° 883286.