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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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.