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The common proposed solutions would benefit many European countries, for transnational applications


The proposed solutions in ZONeSEC aim at benefiting the European countries for transnational applications. Widezone infrastructure is shared across countries in Europe and thus it is imperative that ZONeSEC will create a robust and more importantly a scalable system which provides the same level of overview and situation awareness across all involved parties from different countries.

ZONeSEC will achieve this by:

  • Assessing the AS-IS situation, identifying the existing gaps and providing solid solutions to them.

  • Driving standardization of proposed systems and prototypes.

  • Defining a common ground for the surveillance of Widezones in different countries and covering diverse application domains for surveillance and security.

  • Establishing a surveillance system of systems that will introperate on accassing and delivering flow of information and knowledge for a large number and type of surveillance communities across countries.

  • Test and evaluate its capabilities in a transnational pilot application covering the needs of gas supplies with pipelines shared across PanEuropean countries.


Improvement of the interoperability in terms of data and information exchanges.

Improving interoperability is one of the main targets of the project.

1. Interoperable and Cooperative ZONeSEC solutions to facilitate the coordination of Widezones surveillance activities. The scalability of the system will be guaranteed by a strong backbone service infrastructure with an advanced knowledge base that enables the expansionsystem’s management of large volumes and heterogenieity of observation data and streams.

2. Interoperability of the ZONeSEC platform at a national level. For nationally-contained crisis events the ZONeSEC platform will provide a solution that will be able to liaise seamlessly with the existing surveillance systems and infrastructure that are already in place; ZONeSEC will be adapted according to the existing national standards and processes, while at the same time keep an outlook for a pan-European uniform approach.

3. Interoperability at a cross-border level. ZONeSEC will provide a system of systems with choreographed services for best performance across the whole geospace of the Widezones surveillance operations.Multi-national teams and first responders will participate through shared access to monitoring resources, detection and alerts. This increase in efficiency of operations along with the security of the involved personnel will assure the security of the citizens through advanced means of large scale disseminations of alerts.

Research will contribute to:

Standardizations activities: ZONeSEC has a dedicated Work-package to efforts relevant to standardizations and regulatory activities. Several partners of the ZONeSEC team are active within several standardizations bodies. ZONeSEC will make use of the modern approaches in the standardization framework by following a double path aiming at pushing the adoption of new standards accommodating the results of ZONeSEC outcome: the conventional process through the Technical Committees of the European Standardization Organizations, namely CEN/CENELEC and ETSI, as well as the industrial-driven approach through the CEN/CENELEC Workshop Agreement and/or ETSI Industrial specification

InteroperabilityZONeSEC will work on different sensors including cameras (IR, thermal, vision, hyperspectal), acoustic sensors, fiber optics, MIMO RADARs etc. that will be designed and target towards Widezones surveillance operations for detecting the illicit patterns of activity. The project will provide advanced data and information fusion techniques on surveillance topics. Advanced agents will be developed to serve the challenging needs of the project. An intelligent reconfigurable system (plug-in HW and SW features) according to the type of mission will be implemented. In ZONeSEC, a plug-and-play sensor abstraction layer will be implemented that incorporates any kind of sensors and actuators independent of the used technology. This way services running on the mobile platforms don’t need to be modified when e.g. a sensor has been exchanged. In addition service developers don’t need to know sensor specific information as they develop against one standardized interface.

The creation of a level playing field for industry: ZONeSEC envisages the creation of a level playing field for the European Industry by means of building on:

  • The accumulated knowledge and delivered results of numerous Research and Development projects.

  • The deep understanding of the shortcomings and inefficiencies of currently employed systems.

  • The mapping and ultimately bridging of the significant differentiating factors in the tackling of the Widezones surveillance issue among different countries and industries.

  • The creation of the EU-WSRT that is a major deliverable of the proposed work.

  • The strong participation of the key Industrial players from the European Market (ATOS, EADS, THALES).

  • The involvement of a representative set of end-users that bring to ZONeSEC the much needed diversity both in terms of technology, geography and domain of application.

  • The capacity of leading research institutions from different European countries.

  • The strong links with the standardizations bodies to ensure the creation of consistent and coherent approaches.

  • The heavy investment in driving societal, ethical and regulatory research that will guarantee:The acceptance of the proposed framework by the society and its alignment with the European agenda for the Security of the Citizens.




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