EU Bodies and Agencies
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JRC - Joint Research Centre

The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the Commission's science and knowledge service. JRC employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy. JRC creates, manages and makes sense of knowledge and develop innovative tools and make them available to policy makers. JRC i.e. supports EU industry through scientific research leading to new standards, investigates the impact of new digital technologies, manages early warning systems and response mechanisms for natural disasters, health emergencies, humanitarian crises and conflicts and supports EU satellite projects with scientific and technical expertise.

External End-User Community
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Bulgarian Border Police

The Chief Directorate Border Police (CDBP) is one of the chief directorates within the Ministry of Interior. It is a national specialized structure with protective, preventive and investigative functions. Its main purpose is to perform border control and protection of the state borders of the Republic of Bulgaria

The Bulgarian Border Police is a centralized unit with well-defined organizational structure and three levels of governance:

  • The first level is the Chief Directorate Border Police HQ, responsible for the overall management and coordination of the Border Police national, regional and local units.
  • The second level consists of 7 /seven/ Regional Directorates Border Police, each responsible for a specific border (land borders with Serbia, North Macedonia, Greece, Turkey and Romania, the Black Sea border and international airports).
  • The third level includes 37 /thirty-seven/ local Border Police Units with 35 /thirty-five Border Crossing Points (BCPs) and 2 /two/ Border Police Vessels Bases located respectively on the Danube river and at the Black sea (near the city of Burgas).
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    Bulgarian Navy

    The Bulgarian Navy protects the sovereignty and the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria in her maritime spaces. Organizationally, the Navy consists of Navy Training and Preparation Headquarters; two military naval bases – Varna and Bourgas, and units for combat support and combat provision. Functionally, the Navy is divided into Deployment Forces and Territorial Forces:

  • Deployment forces - formations with a high and low degree of readiness, capable of conducting the whole spectrum of NATO missions on the territory of the Alliance or outside it in the sense of Article 5 of the Washington Treaty, or in response to crises of a military or non-military nature. The Deployment Forces of the Navy are fully manned and equipped with the necessary arms and equipment.
  • Territorial Forces – formations with a high and low degree of readiness capable of fulfilling operations related to the protection of the territorial integrity (independently and/or in the system of collective security and defence), the maritime sovereignty of the country with integrated systems in NATO’s shared system that guarantee contribution to the national security in peacetime and counteraction against potential asymmetric threats.
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    Bulgarian Defence Institute

    Bulgarian Defence Institute (BDI) "Professor Tsvetan Lazarov" is the main scientific-research, testing-design and expert-technical structure in the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Bulgaria. BDI’s work is focused to i.e. scientific-research activities, scientific-practical activities, development and experimental design activities in the sphere of Armaments, C4I Systems, Military Techniques, Logistic Equipment and Materials. BDI support the Analysis of the situation of the Armaments, C4I Systems, and Military Techniques, Logistic Equipment and materials and working out of perspective prognoses on their development.

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    Montenegro Border Police

    National Coordination Center – NCC Podgorica, performs activities of electronic surveillance of state border along whole administrative border of Montenegro, including all border crossings. More specifically, these activities are mostly related to:

  • Multisensory surveillance of land and maritime border
  • Sensor detection, identification and classification of safety issues related to suspicious events and objects both on land and maritime borders
  • Deployment of unmanned crafts, radars, thermal and CCTV cameras, SMARTDEC and other mobile sets for situation monitoring and border surveillance purposes,
  • Protection of life and property of civilians
  • Detection and prevention of illegal migrations and other types of unlawful border crossing
  • Prevention of all kinds criminal activities in border crossing and transport
  • Reporting on accidental situations related to border safety and data sharing for the purposes of cooperation with EUROSUR, FRONTEX, and other safety and security agencies
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    Polish Naval Academy of the Heroes of Westerplatte in Gdynia

    The Polish Naval Academy is a research and development center for the Polish Navy and other organizations linked to the defense and national security. The research problems are selected so as to shape scientific specialties of the Academy in connection with plans for development of the Polish Navy as well as with the process of technical modernization of ships, weapons systems and equipment. The Academy has, unique in the country, research and development teams whose area of activity covers mostly the maritime environment. A wide range of scientific investigations causes the results obtained to be of universal character, which leads to implementing them in the maritime economy, the industry and environment protection.

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    Home Office: Border Force Maritime Command

    Border Force was formed on 1 March 2012 as a law enforcement command within the Home Office. Border Force secures the border and promotes national prosperity by facilitating the legitimate movement of individuals and goods, whilst preventing those that would cause harm from entering the UK. This is achieved through the immigration and customs checks carried out by our staff at ports and airports. Border Force is responsible for:

  • checking the immigration status of people arriving in and departing the UK
  • searching baggage, vehicles and cargo for illicit goods or illegal immigrants
  • patrolling the UK coastline and searching vessels
  • gathering intelligence
  • alerting the police and security services to people of interest
  • This is some of the most important and challenging work in Government as it both protects and enhances both the UK economy and national security.

    External Industrial Community
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    Naval Group

    Naval Group is an international high-tech company and one of the few global leaders in defence naval systems whose skills cover the whole of the production chain for complex programmes. Naval Group uses its extraordinary know-how and unique industrial resources to meet its customers’ requirements. Naval Group offer solutions and products from Offshore Patrol Vessels to first rank Frigates and submarines, and command systems for Combat Fleet and large scale Maritime Surveillance.

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    MarineTraffic Operations S.A.

    MarineTraffic is the world’s leading platform for offering vessel tracking services and actionable maritime intelligence. MarineTraffic.com is an end-to-end service that tracks vessel positions, based mainly on the Automatic Identification System (AIS), and displays them on a map in real-time. The AIS data is collected from MarineTraffic’s own receivers’ network, comprising of over 2,000 coastal AIS stations around the globe, the world’s largest proprietary AIS network. At any given time, MarineTraffic is tracking over 150,000 vessels at real-time with 180,000 vessels reporting daily. With its Big Data infrastructure, MarineTraffic receives hundreds of millions of vessel positions daily and archives billions of records.

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    Székely Family and Company Ltd.

    Recognizing the gap between end-users (the market) and research and innovation actions , founded by a family with a vision to provide a safe, secure and sustainable future for our children via responsible research, innovation and development actions, the Székely Family & Company Ltd. based in Budapest, Hungary supports its partners through joint projects or provides external, complementing services. The core team has sound expertise in the EU Framework Programmes (FP7 and H2020) as well as other research, innovation and development programs in the international (and national) community, such as European Space Agency's Business Applications and Space Solutions (technology transfer and business incubation) program or UNDP supporting projects. The main service is supporting dialogue between end-users, research and industrial partners, thus supporting creation of sound, tangible project result s with real impact. For example, the team has expertise in organizing large-scale (1OOO+ participants) drills or simulations as well as thorough and realistic tabletops to validate results or solutions. In addition, it possesses strong educational and training skills, ranging from lecturing at higher education to basic training for law enforcement officers, also including high-level capabilities of teaching English for foreign speakers, supporting next generation learning strategies of the youth by AR, VR, gamification and blended learning solutions. The team is experienced in acting as Data Protection Officers or as external data protection experts, this can help overcome difficulties most security research actions certainly meet during the validation.

    External Academic and Research & Technology Community
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    Nord University Business School

    Nord university, Bodo, Norway provides Internationally-oriented teaching and research with a special focus on developing safe and secure societies and a prosperous community.

    The Nord University preparedness management laboratory (NORDLAB) is a part of the Nord university Business School. NORDLAB provides an arena for situational awareness and risk assessments, as well as education, research, exercises and tests related to sea, land and air-based emergency response. NORDLAB provides computer-based simulation capacities integrated with crisis management decision-support tools and command and control support systems. In cooperation with world-leading suppliers of emergency preparedness software, modelling and simulation systems as well as decision making support solutions we offer an advanced training and test arena within emergency management for students and professionals.

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    Aleksandër Moisiu University of Durrës / Faculty of Professional Studies

    Aleksandër Moisiu University of Durrës (Albanian: Universiteti "Aleksandër Moisiu" Durrës; short: UAMD) is the newest public academic institution of the Republic of Albania. The University is located in the ancient city of Durrës and has a branch in Peshkopi. It was inaugurated in 2006 and is using the American system of education, unlike the rest of the public universities in the country. More than 1,300 students started classes as of October 2, 2006. University of Durrës took its name from Austrian actor Aleksandër Moisiu, who was of Albanian descent. The rector is Prof. Dr. Mit’hat Mema. The university offers degree programs in each of its six main divisions: Faculty of Business, Faculty of Applied Integrated Studies, Faculty of Political and Legal Studies, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Professional Studies, Faculty of Information and Technology. The Faculty of Business offers program studies at three levels (bachelor's, master's and doctoral) in various disciplines such as economics, marketing, tourism management, finance and banking. The Faculty of Applied Integrated Studies also offers a focus in economics, but unlike the other divisions, it operates according to the German model of berufsakademie, whereby students work simultaneously in the sectors that correspond with their program studies. The Faculty of Applied Integrated Studies is focused on banking and finance, tourism management, and smallto- medium enterprise management.

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    University of the Aegean / Department of Shipping, Trade and Transport

    The Department of Shipping Trade and Transport excels in research and teaching. Our work draws on management, shipping and port economics, transportation science, logistics, finance, computing and innovation studies. We aspire to make an impact on the sustainability and prosperity of maritime transport organizations. Our research is led by people who care authentically about shipping, trade and transport and whose analysis and insight change society.

    We constantly work on securing and enhancing centre-stage positioning in key research areas, research that has high impact identified through its use and public recognition, an increase in research income, and increase in the number of our doctoral researchers.

    The Department of Shipping Trade and Transport has numerous knowledge and research services to advance the strategies of maritime organizations.

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    European University Cyprus / CERIDES

    The European University of Cyprus consists of the School of Business Administration, the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, the School of Sciences, the Medical School, and the School of Law with the mission to educate students for successful careers and life achievement, to understand and serve the needs of society, and to create knowledge through research and innovation. EUC is the only university in Cyprus and Greece to be rated by QS TOP UNIVERSITIES (QS Stars), which ranks many of the most prestigious universities in the United States, Canada and Europe. The University has been assessed with the highest distinction of 5-Stars in Teaching, Facilities, Inclusiveness, Social Responsibility and Internationalization. Its 4-Star distinction in the field of Employability is also considered a remarkable success, a result of the close association of its academic programs to the job market.

    The Centre of Excellence for Risk and Decision Sciences (CERIDES) is the research organisation of EUC. CERIDES provides a holistic offer to the academic and business world and operates under the auspices of European University Cyprus. It is the first cross-disciplinary, cross-School Center of Excellence of European University Cyprus.

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    University of Montenegro / Faculty of Maritime Studies in Kotor

    Faculty of Maritime Studies in Kotor is higher education institution being a part of the University of Montenegro. It was established in 1959 as a Maritime College and afterwards, complying with the growing trends of maritime infrastructure of Montenegro, this educational institution, recognized in former Yugoslavia, was turned into Maritime Faculty in 1981.

    Today, in accordance with the Bologna declaration, Faculty of Maritime Studies in Kotor provides academic and applied studies lasting from three years (six semesters).

    Academic studies comprehend Maritime Sciences (Basic; Postgraduate Specialist and Master Studies; PhD studies), and Management in Shipping (Basic; Postgraduate Specialist and Master Studies). Applied Studies consist of Nautical Studies, Marine Engineering and Marine Electrotechnics (third year is a differential year).

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    University of Montenegro / Faculty of Electrical Engineering

    Faculty of Electrical Engineering, as educational- and-scientific unit , has its mission to educate young and high quality experts in the area of technical sciences (electrical and computer engineering) , cap able to contribute to development of the country and region through creative work, in line with European trends, and all these through implementation of modern education techniques and research process. Mission of Faculty of Electrical Engineer in g is completely in li ne with the mission of University of Montenegro .

    EU Funded Projects
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    MARISA - Maritime Integrated Surveillance Awareness

    MARISA project aims to provide the security communities operating at sea with a data fusion toolkit, which makes available a suite of methods, techniques and modules to correlate and fuse various heterogeneous and homogeneous data and information from different sources, including Internet and social networks, with the aim to improve information exchange, situational awareness, decision-making and reaction capabilities. The proposed solution will provide mechanisms to get insights from any big data source, perform analysis of a variety of data based on geographical and spatial representation, use techniques to search for typical and new patterns that identify possible connections between events, explore predictive analysis models to represent the effect of relationships of observed object at sea. Enterprise and ad-hoc reporting and services, within the CISE context, will be provided to support users and operational systems in their daily activities, as well as presentation tools for navigating and visualizing results of data fusion processing. The involvement of 5 practitioners as full partners will allow on the one hand to align innovation to user needs, on the other hand to validate the toolkit through a number of trials addressing cross country/cross domain applications.

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    RANGER: RAdars for loNG distance maritime surveillancE and SaR opeRations

    RANGER aims at re-enforcing EU by combining innovative Radar technologies with novel technological solutions for early warning, in view of delivering a surveillance platform offering detection, recognition, identification and tracking of suspicious vessels, capabilities exceeding current radar systems. It will be a platform, consisting of 2 radar technologies, a novel Over-The-Horizon Radar combined with a Multiple Input Multiple Output one implemented exploiting the latest photonics advancements, and an Early Warning System exploiting deep and adaptable machine learning schemes able to Automatically detect radar Targets. It safeguards seamless fitting and interoperability with CISE (enhanced maritime surveillance and cross border SaR operations), through the development of a CISE translation Gateway, exporting on-demand CISE services directly to end-users, by strengthening the information exchange between national authorities and the European Agency.

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    MEDEA

    MEDEA is an EU funded Coordination and Support Action project the scope of which is to establish and further develop a regional Network of practitioners and other security related actors in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea region. MEDEA project groups the practitioners into 4 thematic communities (TCPs – Thematic Communities of Practitioners):

  • TCP1: Managing of migration flows and asylum seekers
  • TCP2: Border management and surveillance
  • TCP3: Fight against cross-border crime and terrorism
  • TCP4: Manage natural hazards and technological accidents
  • The aim of MEDEA is to engage a critical mass of security practitioners and actors including first aid responders, border guards, national police, civil protection teams, humanitarian workers, defence entities and other interested stakeholders in efficient cooperation with cross-discipline entities from other countries. The expected result would be the effective response to all security threats common to the Mediterranean and Black Sea region. The requirements from all four communities will be featured as inputs (regional operational needs) in the Mediterranean and Black Sea Security Research and Innovation Agenda (MSRIA).

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    SMart mobILity at the European land borders

    SMILE Action proposes a novel concept of mobility that addresses the challenges at the European land borders, by designing, implementing, and evaluating in a relevant environment (TRL6) a prototype management architecture for accurate verification, automated control, monitoring and optimisation of people flows. It will take advantage of the capabilities of smart mobile devices in border control for secure and reliable authentication and processes their exploitation as a part of a biometric multimodal verification process that augments/complements existing approaches. The idea of SMILE mobility is based on private cloud infrastructure technologies that will communicate with remote handhelds through a secure gateway. The SMILE Action will target the land borders, so the proposed technological and operational framework will be tested through demonstrations at two Border Crossing Points.

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    D4FLY

    D4FLY is a research and innovation action funded by the EU Horizon 2020 program “Secure societies – Protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens”. The project consortium is formed by 19 partners from 11 European countries including universities, SMEs, research institutes and border control authorities.

    D4FLY focuses on enhancing the quality and efficiency of identity verification at border crossings in all modalities: land, air and sea by providing faster and more secure border control solutions.