In order to encompass the variety of European police cultures and contemporary experiences of police reform the consortium consists of partners that represent
- The geographical variety of the Union;
- The presence of countries that underwent major changes (e.g. post-autocratic; immigration societies; economic crisis);
- Police universities/ colleges and law enforcement agencies that allow for the dissemination of findings;
- Independent research institutions that have the trust of communities and in particular of minority groups;
- Researchers who have expertise in the investigation of social media impact on community safety issues, police use of social media;
- Researchers who hold their specialisation in social sciences, legislation and cross- cultural differences.
The INSPEC2T consortium consists of eighteen partners from eight European countries:
- The Center for Security Studies (KEMEA)
- TNO (Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research)
- The German Police University (DHPOL)
- The Vienna Centre for Societal Security (VICESSE)
- The University of Ulster
- INTRASOFT International
- Trilateral Research
- Satways Ltd.
- Eticas Research & Consulting
- EXUS Software Ltd.
- Valencia Local Police
- Lancashire Constabulary
- The Spanish Guardia Civil
The Center for Security Studies (KEMEA)
KEMEA has been established as the Greek Ministry of Interior and Administrative Reconstruction (former Public Order & Citizen Protection) think tank on security policies. KEMEA is a scientific, consulting and research agency, whose purpose is to conduct theoretical and applied research and to produce studies, particularly at a strategic level, on issues concerning security policies. KEMEA also provides advisory and consulting services to the Ministry of Citizen Protection & Public Order and other Public and Private authorities on these same issues. KEMEA up to now is successfully participating in more than 60 Projects of the EC, ESA and of National Resources. It has also represented the Greek Government to the European Research and Innovation Forum (ESRIF) of the European Commission and is a Member to the Board of Directors of the European Organization for Security (EOS). KEMEA has been appointed in 2011 (Presidential Decree No39/06.05.2011) as the “National Contact Point” for the protection of ECIs (“EPCIP contact point”) of Directive 2008/114/EC of the Council of December 8th 2008 “regarding the definition and designation of the European Critical infrastructures and the assessment of the need to improve the protection of such infrastructures”.
TNO (Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research)
TNO is one of the major contract research organisations in Europe. With a staff of approximately 4000 and an annual turnover of 600 million Euros, TNO is carrying out research in order to achieve impact on the following seven themes: Healthy Living, Industrial Innovation, Safety, Mobility, Energy, Built Environment and Information Society. TNO functions as an intermediary between basic research organizations and industry. By translating scientific knowledge into practical applications, TNO contributes to the innovation capacity of businesses and government. TNO is involved in many international projects (about 30% of the market turnover), including EU-funded collaborations.
The German Police University (DHPOL)
DHPOL serves as an internal university. Funding is provided from the German Federation and the Federal States (Länder) budgets. DHPOL provides a two-year graduate course (Master: Public Administration-Police Management). Students hold a B.A. or an equivalent undergraduate degree and are experienced men and women who have served in the German Länder or Federal police organisations. Additionally, the German Police University carries out about 60 in-service training seminars for senior police leaders, ten of them on an international level. DHPOL has been instrumental in the establishment of CEPOL and plays an active role in the carrying out of police seminars in the context of European police cooperation. DHPOL is actively involved in security research on a national, EU and international level.
The Vienna Centre for Societal Security (VICESSE)
VICESSE is a private non-profit research and consulting organisation focusing on the analysis of a wide array of security issues in a broader societal context. Locating security problems and proposed solutions emerging at local, national and European levels in wider social and historical contexts VICESSE operates at the interface between science, technology, law and policy. Conceiving of security as a societal concept VICESSE strives to integrate and combine different analytical perspectives into a complex framework providing the basis for rigorous empirical and theoretical academic studies and pragmatic policy solutions alike. The VICESSE mission is to bring security back into society. This entails a dual task: linking contemporary security solutions to the everyday world of citizens and giving members of society a critical voice in security research.
Vicomtech-IK4 is an applied research centre for Interactive Computer Graphics and Multimedia located in the Technology Park of San Sebastian (Spain). It is a non-profit association, founded in 2001 as a joint venture by the INI-GraphicsNet Foundation and the EiTB Broadcasting Group. Among its 105 employees, more than 80 are researchers dedicated to the field of applied research. The role of Vicomtech-IK4 in the market is to supply society with technology by transfer of primary research to industry. This is done through collaborative R&D&I projects. Vicomtech-IK4’s main research lines reside in the areas of multimedia analysis, visual computing, computer graphics and interaction, which Vicomtech-IK4 apply across multiple sectors.
The University of Ulster
The University of Ulster has an international reputation for research excellence, business innovation and the attraction of inward investment. The university plays a key role in contributing to the economic, social and cultural development of Northern Ireland through its commitment to widening access to education, research and innovation and technology and knowledge transfer. Over a period of some forty-five years the University of Ulster has developed an international reputation for social policy research including specialisms in community policing culminating in the development of a new police recruit training programme focused specifically on community policing. The University of Ulster team involved in this proposal has also engaged extensively with communities within Belfast and other key urban centres across Northern Ireland in order to enhance understanding of the societal and cultural dimensions of policing and to develop appreciation of ‘resistance’ to policing structures. The Ulster team has a well- developed collaborative network including the Police-Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), the District Policing Partnership (DPP) and Belfast City Council as well as other stakeholders responsible for community policing within Belfast. Indeed the university recently hosted a joint University of Ulster-PSNI-Policing Board conference entitled ‘Change and challenge: a new conversation for policing in NI’.
INTRASOFT International is a leading European IT Solutions and Services Group with strong international presence, offering innovative and added-value solutions of the highest quality to a wide range of international and national public and private organisations. The company employs more than 1,600 highly- skilled professionals, representing over 20 different nationalities and mastering more than 18 languages. With headquarters in Luxembourg, INTRASOFT International operates through its operational branches, subsidiaries and offices in 17 countries: Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Cyprus, Greece, Jordan, Moldova, Morocco, Romania, Palestine, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, UK, UAE, USA and Yemen. More than 500 organizations in over 70 countries worldwide (Institutions and Agencies of the European Union, National Government Organizations, Public Agencies, Financial Institutions, Telecommunication Organizations, and Private Enterprises) have chosen the company’s services and solutions to fulfil their business needs. INTRASOFT International is a subsidiary of the ASE-listed INTRACOM Holdings, one of the largest multinational technology groups in SE Europe, with more than 35 years of experience.
CGI is a global IT and business process services provider delivering high-quality business consulting, systems integration and managed services, founded in 1976. With 68,000 professionals in 40 countries, CGI has an industry-leading track record aligning the teams with clients’ business strategies to achieve top-to-bottom line results. Besides strong business results, CGI also delivers tangible innovation. In several projects, CGI has collaborated closely with research and academic partners to improve upon proven results. CGI has also collaborated with citizens to make sure that the innovation reaches the end user, thus creating better social and economic value.
ADITESS is a Cyprus-based Small Medium Enterprise (SME) established in 2011. ADITESS is a scientific, consulting and research company whose purpose is to conduct theoretical and applied research and to produce studies, in strategic and in tactical level, on issues concerning Security policies, Critical Infrastructure Protection, Transportation and Cargo Security and Border Management and to develop state of the art applied Security Solutions at the above mentioned areas. ADITESS has the ability to provide advisory and consulting services to various Government Organizations and other Public and Private authorities on these same issues.
Trilateral Research is a niche research and advisory consultancy bringing together strategy, technology and policy. It specialises in research and the provision of strategic, policy and regulatory advice on new technologies, privacy, trust, risk and security issues. Its objectives are to help policy-makers improve policy and decision-making through research and analysis, and to provide the public and private sector with practical solutions addressing new emerging regulatory and technological challenges.
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 AtlantisTM, AutoTrackTM, ENGAGETM, ORASYSTM and S.A.F.E.R.TM 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. The common goal though, is to provide effective decision support, to simplify operations, to provide a Common Operational Picture (COP) and collaboration tools across organizations, to collect and disseminate data in the field and to coordinate response units and system users.
Eticas Research & Consulting
Eticas Research & Consulting is a Spain-based SME working on the social, ethical and legal impact of security policy, innovation and technology development, and the interaction between changing societal values, engineering possibilities and fundamental rights. Founded in 2012, our contribution focuses on the analysis of the contextual factors that can and should guide technological development and implementation, with a particular emphasis on understanding broader issues linked to trust and acceptability, compliance with the legal context, social externalities and ethical issues at large. Eticas’ main area of expertise and contribution to consortia is the understanding and analysis of the national and regional legal and societal framework applicable to surveillance and security technology, the identification of weaknesses or breach-of-rights instances in the development and implementation of security policy and the assessment and the promotion of the inclusion of privacy, social and ethical concerns in the design of security technology and policy practice. Moreover, Eticas can develop top-quality academic research on societal processes, drawing on tools and understandings from sociology, history, urban and cultural studies, social psychology, science and technology studies, anthropology and political science.
EXUS Software Ltd.
EXUS Software Ltd. (EXUS) is the UK branch of EXUS S.A. (previous name EXODUS S.A.). EXUS designs, creates and markets software solutions and services in several business and application areas such as e-business, e- health, e-learning, business process management, collection, wireless applications. Currently, EXUS employs highly skilled professionals in areas such as software engineering & web development, project and product management, account management and research. The company aims at leveraging the successful track record of EXODUS in view of delivering cutting edge innovation to its customers. Both products and bespoke solutions built by EXUS, serve demanding and critical business applications and domains, covering all types of diverse sectors. From consumer banking applications, smartphones-based payment and transaction systems, augmented-reality mobile applications, large-scale and complex portals, extranets, Electronic Data Interchanges to secure cloud services, serious games and gamification mechanisms, EXUS covers a wide spread of activities by leveraging the expertise of its 130 people strong technical divisions that are led by expert project managers and senior consultants.
IMC is an innovative SME based in Athens, Greece that was founded in 2004 as a spin-off of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) by researchers and computer engineers with high specialization in semantic technologies and engineering. IMC Technologies provides technology and consulting services in the areas of Knowledge Management, Analytics and Enterprise Search. These services touch the entire lifecycle of a project, whether it is technology, consulting or research. The high quality of IMC Technologies’ services is guaranteed by its certified quality management system, the implementation of consolidated methodologies and best practices and the certified training and know-how of our staff.
Valencia Local Police
Valencia Local Police consists of more than 1600 police officers. The duties of the Valencia Local Police (PLV) are wide, ranging from surveillance and road traffic control, to maintaining citizen security and safety, administrative police, community police, domestic violence, mediation police, fight against crime, management of emergencies, environmental police, etc. Overall it is one of the most active local police in Spain due to their continuous innovation in technology. Its Centre of Security and Emergencies is the best example of innovation in police management by using ICTs tools, as well as a great test bed for pilot experiences and testings.
Lancashire Constabulary provides policing services to the public of Lancashire, currently 1.4 million people, and is made up of 2,972 Police Officers and 2,240 members of Police Staff in addition to Special Constables, community volunteers and cadets. Lancashire Constabulary is one of the top performing police forces in the country and leads the field in its approach to policing communities.
The Spanish Guardia Civil
The Spanish Guardia Civil is an armed institution with a military nature which is part of the state law enforcement forces in Spain. In fact, Guardia Civil is the largest police body in the country. As an integral police corps, among its main functions we can find Crime Prevention, Criminal Investigation, Intelligence, Public Order, Road Traffic Control, Environmental Policing, Border and Maritime Control, Citizens Assistance, etc. In order to carry out all these functions, Guardia Civil has more than 80,000 officers (over 5,000 of them are women) who are deployed all over the national territory and territorial waters.
PlayGen is an integrated R&D studio creating playful solutions that engage the audience, measure competencies and attitudes, influence behaviour, and inspire action. PlayGen’s R&D activities focus on: gamification and social mechanics for learning skills, creativity and behaviour change; user experience modelling and design; cloud system architecture, design and integration; and dissemination and exploitation including business models. Their key expertise is delivering world class solutions that combine play with serious topics. This includes authoring tools, platform and discrete products. The games and gamifications developed are designed to make players better informed and better connected.