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Project Objectives

The METICOS project has thirteen objectives, divided into five categories.

EU policy

Objective EUP-1: Indicators for the social and cultural impact of no gate solutions: These indicators define cultural and social factors that affect different behavioural patterns of different individuals on a regional or intercontinental basis. They also provide a multi-agent simulation tool to model, analyse and predict the behavioural patterns of the travelers.

Objective EUP-2: Ethical and regulatory gaps of modern BCP technologies: The integration of Legal, Ethical and Privacy requirements and the Semantic Modelling of perceptual information about the EU will allow participating border control agencies to share operational, investigative and experiential knowledge.

Objective EUP-3: Methods for managing the flows of migrants in EU area: The METICOS platform will be designed, built and tested in close collaboration with the border control authorities to fulfil their current and forthcoming needs. The project is clearly focused on the fusion and real validation of existing state of the art to solve current bottlenecks faced by border control authorities.

Objective EBC-1: Enhancing security of Schengen borders: This objective improves the EU’s visa and immigration policy by providing the means to monitor durations of stay and the identification of persons found to have exceeded their authorised stay. It also reinforces the internal security of the EU and the Member States for ‘the reliable identification of terrorists, criminals, as well as of suspects and victims’ and by providing the possibility to reconstruct relative historical data.

Objective EBC-2: Facilitating travel for TCNs: Enhancing the EU’s border management policy by addressing the issue of delays at passport control, improves the quality of border checks for EU and non-EU travelers.

EU border control

Citizens & travellers

Objective CT-1: Validation of user’s acceptance and satisfaction: METICOS Studies smart border crossing technologies from a user experience perspective in order to understand and predict acceptance, as a critical step towards ensuring adoption.

  • Expectation Disconfirmation Theory (EDT)
  • Technology Acceptance Modelling (TAM): Theory of Reasoned Action (TRA) | Theory of Planned Behaviour (TPB) | Unified Theory of Acceptance and Use of Technology (UTAUT) | Risk Perception (RP) and Privacy Risk (PR)
  • User Experience (UX) Assessment and Modelling

Objective CT-2: Privacy principles for information confidentiality or data protection:

  • Evolution of Fair Information Practice Principles 12: Notice/Awareness | Choice/Consent | Access/Participation | Integrity/Security | Enforcement/Redress
  • Fair Information Guidelines13: Collection Limitation Principle | Data Quality Principle | Purpose Specification Principle | Use Limitation Principle | Security Safeguards Principle | Openness Principle | Individual Participation Principles | Accountability Principle

Objective CT-3: Effectiveness and Efficiency of smart borders

  • Automated preparation of the border check.
  • Shorter and faster border checks.
  • Travelers’ satisfaction of effectiveness and efficiency of Smart Borders technologies.
  • Close Collaboration with the technologies and platforms of other BES topics
  • Connection with other information systems (apart from border authorities and LEAs, from smart cities platforms that travelers will visit or visited)

Objective CT-4: Technology Validation:

  • To test METICOS system using a comprehensive validation strategy that includes: Case studies in border lines (Air, Land, Sea).
  • Validation of the incoming data regarding users’ satisfaction (through social media etc.).

Objective VE-1: Continuous validation and Proof of concept demonstrations: Continuously update the integrated data for continually update and improvement of the Smart Borders technology.

Objective VE-2: METICOS system commercialization and exploitation: Continuously update the initial business plan based on the progress of the project and conducting market search, to disseminate and communicate the project results by promoting the project results in scientific and technological conferences.

  • Liaison with other ongoing initiatives and sister projects for developing synergies.
  • Protection of the knowledge that will be developed during the project. IPR issues.

Validation & exploitation