Meticos-Project / About

A Platform for Monitoring and Prediction of Social Impact and Acceptability of Modern Border Control Technology


The METICOS consortium has identified the need for “no gate crossing point solutions” in order ‘to allow for the seamless crossing of borders and security checks without the risk of invading people’s privacy, and gain the societal and political acceptance of these technologies, taking into account the human factor, the social and societal aspects, providing a secure environment for travel and for host countries.

Thus, METICOS project is developing a platform that integrates information systems and networks of data sources in order to validate the efficiency and users acceptance of border control technologies. The proposed platform will provide metrics and KPIs to authorities and decision-makers, based on a number of independent variables: performance expectancy, effort expectancy, facilitating conditions, physical privacy, accuracy, information privacy, ethical and societal perceptions, securing positive societal impact and maximize border control process efficiency.

To maximize the impact of the project, METICOS will join the European Initiative for Smart Borders and contribute aforementioned cross-border and cross-cultural Big Data Analysis and decision support systems that feature harvesting of multi-lingual and cross-sectorial data from heterogeneous sources, different analytics approaches and risk assessment methods. METICOS will be demonstrated and validated under real operating conditions. This will involve two pilot implementations executed in five different countries involving real travellers and staff. Furthermore, the METICOS ecosystem aims to work closely with border control research initiatives to demonstrate its operational performance improvements by means of combined validation with these solutions.

METICOS in short

► Introduce Big Data Analysis of cross border control validation methodologies and join the European initiative for Smart Borders

► Provide a step-change and a valuable tool for more modern and efficient border management and for gaining societal and political acceptance of technologies for “no gate crossing point solutions”

► Develop a platform able to simulate the technology acceptance and to estimate the perception of no gate crossing point solutions’ users (travellers and border authorities)

How will METICOS develop a technological solution and metrics evaluating?

► The effectiveness and efficiency of smart borders technologies

► The travellers’ satisfaction and acceptability on the use of these technologies and

► The extent that both the efficiency and the acceptance of these technologies is improved with the introduction of new data sources e.g. from EES/ETIAS

METICOS knowledge base will create a Technology and Societal Acceptance Toolkit with multiple utilizations in favour of law enforcement and border authorities for a better and more efficient Entry/Exit System


EU Policy

  • Objective EUP-1: Indicators for the social and cultural impact of no gate solutions
  • Objective EUP-2: Ethical and regulatory gaps of modern BCP technologies
  • Objective EUP-3: Methods for managing the flows of migrants in EU area

EU Borders Control

  • Objective EBC-1: Enhancing security of Schengen borders
  • Objective EBC-2: Facilitating travel for TCNs

Citizens / Travelers

  • Objective CT-1: Validation of user’s acceptance and satisfaction
  • Objective CT-2: Privacy principles for information confidentiality or data protection
  • Objective CT-3: Effectiveness and Efficiency of smart borders
  • Objective CT-4: Technology Validation

Validation and Exploitation

  • Objective VE-1: Continuous validation and Proof of concept demonstrations
  • Objective VE-2: METICOS system commercialization and exploitation


Project identity

METICOS A Platform for Monitoring and Prediction of Social Impact and Acceptability of Modern Border Control Technology
Topic Human factors, and social, societal, and organizational aspects of border and external security
Call (part) Identifier H2020-SU-SEC-2019
Funding Scheme RIA – Research and Innovation action
Grant Agreement ID 883075
Starting Date 1 September 2020
Duration 36 months