The Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Insular Policy, as a governmental body of the Hellenic Republic, is tasked to apply and enhance the country’s general policy on such matters. The Executive Structure of National Strategic Reference Framework of the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Insular Policy is a specially structured agency, assigned among others with the finding of potential collaborations on research programs for the Ministry, especially Horizon 2020, where it can also participate as a partner. At the same time, under the Ministry’s organization chart, among the general secretariats, lies also Hellenic Coast Guard (HCG), the competent authority for the implementation of the law in its area of jurisdiction, which, among others, include: the protection of the life in danger at sea, the general police duties at the sea and at the port facilities, the protection of the marine environment, border surveillance and fishery control.
GMV is a privately-owned technology business group founded in 1984 and trading on a worldwide scale in the following sectors: Aerospace, Defence and Security, Transport, Telecommunications and IT for public administration and large corporations. In 2018 it chalked up a revenue of more than 196 million Euros and more than 1,800 employees. The company’s growth strategy is based on continual innovation; 10% of its turnover is returned back into R&D. GMV has achieved the level 5 of the CMMI (Capability Maturity Model Integration), the world’s most prestigious business-process improvement model and holds several international patents. GMV is currently the world’s top supplier of ground control systems (GCS) for commercial telecommunications operators; as a firm it boasts Europe’s third biggest participation by volume in Galileo; it is the main supplier of C3I command and control systems to the Spanish army and the nation’s top supplier of telematic systems for public transport. In the area border Surveillance, GMV is the main contractor for development, evolution and maintenance of the EUROSUR Network. EUROSUR network is operational with more than 20 countries.
Satways Ltd. is founded in May 2006 and is based in Athens, Greece. The company is dedicated to develop integrated Geospatial command and control solutions for Security and Public Safety applications for police, coast guard, emergency medical service, civil protection and fire & rescue operations, critical public infrastructure protection, transportation security and border monitoring. With core technology built on open standards, Satways offers a range of mission critical enterprise solutions empowering governments and businesses around the world to make better and faster operational decisions. Its product line includes C2 and C3I enterprise software packages namely the Atlantis, AutoTrack, ENGAGE, that respond to different operational requirements of Public Safety Agencies such as Distributed Geospatial Data management, Operational Resources Tracking, Incident Management and dispatch, Physical Security Information Management and Natural & Technological Hazards Crisis Management respectively. In Andromeda Satways has the role of Technical Coordinator.
The Institute of Communication and Computer Systems (ICCS) is a non-profit academic research body established in 1989 by the Greek Ministry of Education to carry out research and development activities in the area of telecommunications, systems and techniques, computer systems and their applications in transceivers, radar, electromagnetic sensors, satellite and wireless communications, electromagnetic phenomena modelling, neural networks, systems, software and hardware engineering, telematics and multimedia applications, transport applications, control systems, biomedical engineering and electric power (www.iccs.gr). It is closely associated with the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (SECE) of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) (est. 1837), which is the oldest and most prestigious academic institute in Greece. The personnel of ICCS consist of academic staff (~80 University Professors), 40 senior researchers and more than 500 researchers (including PhD students) in twenty research laboratories.
Within ICCS, the I-SENSE Research Group (http://i-sense.iccs.gr) is very active in areas dealing with border surveillance technologies, crisis and disaster management communications and platforms, cloud/edge computing, Virtual and Augmented Reality technology and applications, cyber security and privacy by design, embedded systems and sensor networks (remote sensing, ground based and aerial platforms), communication architecture, networking and telecom infrastructures, data analytics and AI, communication middleware/platforms and IoT, Intelligent Transportation Systems and logistics.
The I-SENSE Research Group comprises more than 60 personnel members (Professors, post-doctoral researchers, post-graduate researchers, and administrative staff). It has also coordinated and participated in numerous research and development activities in the framework of both European and national projects. Indicatively, the following projects are worth mentioning: in H2020, SCENT (coordinator, system integration and architecture, deployment of ready-to-fly digital sensors for multicopters), RANGER (technical manager, maritime surveillance system integration, OTH radar antenna design), IN-PREP (coordinator, security-enabled middleware services for C2 crisis management system), SENSKIN (coordinator, system integration and architecture, energy storage and harvesting unit of structural health monitoring sensors), PASSME (Wearables and IoT for passenger mobility, smart localization, technical manager), SAFERtec (coordinator, V2X security assurance toolkit); in FP7, ZONeSEC (distributed communication platform, multispectral system for illicit activity detection and early warnings), INACHUS (coordinator, mesh-networking for wireless sensor nodes, long-wave infrared imaging for SAR operations), eVACUATE (communication middleware implementation for smart IOT smart spaces, hyperspectral imaging for object detection and tracking), RECONASS (coordinator, development of wireless strain sensor communication module), AutoNet2030 (coordinator, driver reaction and perception analysis algorithm and HMI design), ManuVAR (AR application development), VIRTHUALIS (VR application development); in EAS, Edcar (specification and design of an Augmented Reality Visualization solution in accordance with the space domains and applications).
More details can be found here: http://i-sense.iccs.gr
EXUS is an enterprise software company specializing in credit risk management, digital transformation services and innovation management. EXUS was founded with the vision to simplify enterprise software, make it simple, accessible and exciting. With headquarters in London and a branch in Athens, EXUS supports organisations worldwide to improve their results by introducing simplicity & intelligence in their business processes through state-of-the-art technology.
Inovaworks Command and Control (IW C&C) is a Portuguese software solutions provider specializing in distributed operations management solutions for military and civilian markets – in short, Command and Control software. The company designs, develops and licenses a product suite named GeoC2 that can be used for distributed visualization, analytics, operations management and collaboration in complex multi-party scenarios both for Defense and Security applications. The company provides complete technology-centric and market-centric solutions for operations visualization, sensor integration and fusion, situational awareness, consolidated sense-making, real-time analysis, mission planning, mission execution and monitoring, mission logistics, and deployments dispatch in a modular but well-integrated software solution.
The Fondazione Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici (Fondazione CMCC) is a non-profit research institution. CMCC’s mission is to investigate and model our climate system and its interactions with society to provide reliable, rigorous, and timely scientific results, which will in turn stimulate sustainable growth, protect the environment, and develop science driven adaptation and mitigation policies in a changing climate. CMCC collaborates with experienced scientists, economists, and technicians, which work together in order to provide full analyses of climate impacts on various systems such as agriculture, ecosystems, coasts, water resources, health, and economics. CMCC also supports policymakers in setting and assessing costs, mitigation, and adaptation policies. CMCC benefits from the extensive applied research experience of its members and institutional partners: Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV); Università del Salento; Centro Italiano di Ricerche Aerospaziali (CIRA S.c.p.a.); Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia; Università di Sassari, Università della Tuscia, Politecnico di Milano; Resources for the Future.
Laurea is a distinguished and multi-faculty university educating future professionals for security management, business management, information and communications technology, service innovation and design, and nursing. Laurea operates in the Helsinki metropolitan area in seven regional campuses with some 8.000 students of which 1 200 study in the adult education programmes (Master Degrees) and over 500 employees. Laurea’s Research, Development and Innovations (RDI) bring together several aspects – from academic research to practitioners’ knowhow, and from tech-savviness to traditional security and safety studies. It offers viable business opportunities, design of new services and enhancement of existing ones, with emphasis on the end-user experience. Laurea RDI activities concentrate on four focus areas, of which the most relevant to this project is Security, Safety and Social Responsibility. This focus area can be described through the human security paradigm which refers to a multidisciplinary approach towards understanding the concept of security, including international relations, strategic and development studies, and human rights. In this context, security is seen as an enabler, outcome, and integral part of other subject fields. Laurea’s research activities promote solutions that are, above all, ethically and socially sustainable e.g. respecting fundamental human rights.
CODIN is a provider of innovative software solutions on the ICT market since 1986. CODIN supports its customers during change and evolution of their information systems and solutions through design, planning and implementation of innovative solutions dedicated to Safety, Security, Software Developer, Infrastructure and Process Automation areas. Codin is certified ISO 9000 "quality management systems" and ISO 27001 "information security management systems” also it has been certified Level 3 of the CMMI model for Development 1.3 inside the Organizational Unit "Design Software Development and Maintenance". Continual innovation through research and development activities in collaboration with academic and research institutions is the company’s goal.
STEMO is a private Bulgarian company founded in 1991 and is recognized as a leader in the field of information and communication technologies.
The company has own commercial offices, software house, support centers, warehouses, equipped with modern information, technological and transport facilities situated in the largest cities of Bulgaria.
STEMO offers a broad portfolio of IT products, solutions and services helping customers build and enhance efficiency, productivity, security and reliability of their IT infrastructure.
Their versatile professional experience and expertise allow successful implementation of complex projects covering the complete life-cycle of each information system: consultations, research, analysis, design, planning, implementation, training, operation, optimization, maintenance and upgrade.
The Center for Security Studies (KEMEA) is a think tank on homeland security policies and an established research center since 2005 (L. 3387/2005) within the Hellenic Ministry of Citizen Protection (former Ministry of Public Order and Citizen Protection), aiming to support security policy implementations in Greece, at a strategic level.
KEMEA is a member of a number of European associations and organizations and it represented the Greek Government as a member of the “European Security Research and Innovation Forum (ESRIF)”. Amongst other associations and organizations, KEMEA is a member of the “Public Safety Communication Europe Forum (PSCE)”, the “European Association of Research and Technology Organizations” and has established links to the ENLETS community (European Network of Law Enforcement Technology Services). Furthermore, KEMEA is appointed as the Greek “National Contact Point” for the implementation of Directive 2008/114/EC, regarding the protection of European Critical Infrastructures and is member to the Board of Directors of the European Organization for Security (EOS).
More specifically, the activities KEMEA is involved in include: a) research and development in the context of National and European projects in close cooperation with LEAs, working under the auspices of the Ministry of Citizen Protection, b) training of practitioners in new systems and technologies and c) the certification of practitioners in private security professions at the national level.
A main objective of KEMEA is to bring together all national Law Enforcement Agencies (Police, Fire Service, Coast Guard, Civil Protection agency, etc.) and to enable them to collaborate, interconnecting them with corresponding agencies, research institutions and the industry from around Europe. This dedicated approach to exploring synergies, establishing communication links and working together to produce end-user driven research on all fronts of the Security Sector during the last decade, has earned KEMEA its participation in numerous National and EC R&D projects.
Engineering is one of the main players in the field of Digital Transformation of public and private companies and organizations, offering an innovative offer targeted at the main market segments. Together with its subsidiaries, the Engineering Group is committed to pushing the envelope as regards the application of emerging technologies. It also works in the area of system implementation and integration and on redefining processes in order to promote innovation for the benefit of businesses and Public Administrations.
With around 12,000 professionals in 65 locations spread across Italy, Belgium, Germany, Norway, Republic of Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Argentina, Brazil and the USA, Engineering manages projects in over 20 countries, supporting customers in the business areas where digitalization is having the biggest impact. Its products and services cover all strategic sectors, including Digital Finance, Smart Government & E-Health, Augmented Cities, Digital Industry, Smart Energy & Utilities, Digital Media & Communication. The group aims to help change the way in which the world lives and works, by combining technological infrastructures organized in a single hybrid multicloud, the capability to interpret new business models and specialist competences in all next-generation technologies: AI & Advanced Analytics, Cybersecurity, RPA, Digital Twin, IoT, Blockchain.
With significant investments in R&D, Engineering plays a leading role in research, by coordinating national and international projects thanks to its team of 450 researchers and data scientists and a network of academic partners and universities throughout Europe. One of the group's key strategic assets is its carefully considered staff training policy. Engineering, since 1999, has had its own dedicated multidisciplinary training academy, the "Enrico Della Valle" School of IT & Management. With 300 certified trainers and hundreds of courses, the School has delivered more than 19,000 days of technical, methodological and process training during the last year.
The Hellenic Police is subordinated to the Ministry of Citizen Protection. The Hellenic Police assumed its present structure in 1984 when the Gendarmerie (Chorofylaki) and the Urban Police Forces (Astynomia Poleon) were merged (Law 1481/1-10-1984, Government Gazette 152 A). Hellenic Police (Elliniki Astynomia) is a Law Enforcement Agency according to the Law nr. 4249/2014 and its mission is to: a) ensure peace and order as well as citizens` unhindered social development, a mission that includes general policing duties and traffic safety b) prevent and interdict crime as well as to protect the State and the democratic form of government within the framework of constitutional order, a mission that also includes the implementation of public and state security policy c) prevent illegal border crossing as well as to enforce the legal framework in which immigrants are allowed to live and work in the country. Hellenic Police is comprised of both central and regional Services. Hellenic Police`s headquarters is the supreme authority over these Services. Its efforts center on the fulfillment of the Force`s mission, within the framework of the Ministry of Citizen Protection. For this reason, it schedules, directs, oversees and monitors the activities of its Services, and it ensures the necessary conditions for the exercise of its authority. In its continuous mission to serve and protect citizens, Hellenic Police has responded to our times` demands and challenges by improving training, adopting a modern crime prevention policy, better utilizing science and technology and by exploiting international law enforcement cooperation.
The Italian Marina Militare (Italian Navy, ITN) is one of the four
services depending from the Italian Defence Ministry, which is
called upon to operate with necessarily adequate personnel and
assets to guarantee the Italian maritime security.
Alongside its military tasks, ITN kept performing also some customary tasks (which are underpinned by national laws and regulations) such as the fishing surveillance, the fight against illegal immigration and illegal trafficking and environmental protection which are performed non only in pursue of national interests but also, due to its pivotal position in the Mediterranean basin, those ofthe European Union, surveying its external borders.
CINAV is the Portuguese Navy’s Research Centre. It was created in
2010 to coordinate the various research projects in which the Navy
participates, and to support the research conducted by the faculty
of the Naval Academy, where CINAV has its offices. It currently
has 7 research lines, in the following areas: Signal Processing,
Decision Support Systems, Mobile Robotics, Maintenance Engineering
Management, Maritime History, Maritime Strategy, and Naval Health. It has 24 permanent members that hold PhDs (mainly faculty from the Naval Academy), and 142 associate members (mainly naval officers involved in research projects). Its research projects cover a wide range of areas, and go from theoretical research funded by the Portuguese Science Foundation, to more applied research funded by various national and European agencies, to very applied research (demonstration and testing) funded by the Navy itself.
The Israel National Police (INP) is under the authority of the Ministry of Public Security (MOPS). The INP is comprised of some 30,000 sworn officers and reinforced by 50,000 volunteers. It is the only Law Enforcement Agency in Israel responsible of policing activities. The responsibilities of INP cover all aspects of policing from the local through the national levels. The main areas on which the Israel Police focuses are: Maintaining Law and Order - Response to calls regarding public disturbances, response to demonstrations and illegal gatherings, licensing for businesses, responsibility for detainees and implementation of court orders. Public Security - The prevention and responding to criminal and terror acts, establishing security standards and regulations, Bomb Disposal Activity, operating negation teams etc. Fighting Crime through Investigation and Intelligence - Investigation and prevention of crimes and apprehension of offenders, detection and exposure of unreported crimes, verity of activities in cyber-crime and forensic investigations by the DIFS: Department of Investigation and Forensic Science. Traffic Enforcement - Enforcement of traffic laws, investigating traffic accidents and apprehension of traffic offenders. In addition, participation in the decision-making process in such matters as the planning and construction of roads, placement of road signs and traffic lights. Border Security – An operational corps of the Israel National Police. The multipurpose corps deals with challenges relating to public security, terror, riot control and securing of rural areas. One of the sub topics which the MOPS-INP emphasizes as part of the above topics is the Community policing in the Israeli Police.
- Organizes and coordinates activities related to the safety of shipping in the sea spaces and inland waterways of the Republic of Bulgaria.
- Ensures the actual liaison between the government and ships flying the Bulgarian flag.
- Exercises control on:
- Observation of shipping safety requirements by Bulgarian and foreign ships.
- Observation of the working and living conditions of seafarers.
- Provision of services for traffic management and information of shipping maritime spaces, inland waterways, canals, ports in Bulgaria and other duly defined regions.
- Compliance with the quality requirements for marine fuels.
- Organizes and coordinates search and rescue of people, vessels and aircraft in distress.
- Supervises and organizes the protection of the marine environment and the Danube River from pollution from ships.
- Organizes and conducts examinations for competencies to seafarers.
- Issues certificates of competency to seafarers.
- Maintains registers of ships, seafarers, ports and port operators in the Republic of Bulgaria.
- Exercise control on the observation of the technical safety of the port facilities, labor safety and of the safely conduct of cargo operations.
Hellenic Ministry of Defence (HMOD) (http://www.mod.mil.gr), is a public authority that applies the Government’s National Defence Policy. HMOD dispose capabilities and manage resources for the benefit of the society, by implementing interventions focusing on serving everyday’s and unpredictable matters. In other more pressing issues like crisis management for man-made or physical disasters, humanitarian aid, search and rescue (SAR) missions and environmental research, consistently plays key role. Among others, the most significant contribution is considered the land, air and maritime border surveillance, since Greece is situated in a sensitive area/crossroad. Therefore, HMOD today incarnates a very important social role in everyday life of Greek, EU citizens and other people.
The basic activity of the Maritime Safety Department of Montenegro (MSD) is to ensure conditions for, and actual performance of, tasks stemming from the international obligations that the State has agreed to by signing conventions, agreements and protocols, related to the safety and security of navigation in the area of responsibility of the Contracting Government. Among other activities MSD is performing following activities: MSD is a National Competent Authority (NCA) for VTMIS (Vessel Traffic Monitoring and Information System) and VTS (Vessel Traffic Service) in Montenegro. Each vessel calling to Montenegrin ports is obliged to send in advance NOA (Notice of Arrival) and report through VHF channels when entering VTS zone and territorial waters. MSD has “state of the art” solid state radar equipment for vessel traffic monitoring; According to National Plan for SAR at Sea and Montenegro National contingency plan for marine pollution from shipping and offshore installations, MSD is NCA for Crisis & Disaster Management situations at sea related to SAR and oil spill pollutions at sea. MSD is also NCA for many EU systems that are supported by EMSA and implemented in Montenegro: CleanSeaNet, EU LRIT Data Centre, SafeSeaNEt, IMS, MAREΣ etc.