Meticos-Project / H2020 BES Cluster

The H2020 Border External Security Cluster initiated and led by METICOS

The H2020 BES Cluster consists of projects collaborating in order to support each other, identify solutions to upcoming challenges, secure effective dissemination and valuable exploitation potentials and at the same time generate knowledge that along with the developed solutions will change the current state in the areas and fields that the projects are working upon.

What do the BES Cluster members win?

  • Exchange of information relevant to communication and dissemination and support with these kinds of activities
  • Exchange of ideas on good practices and methodologies, exploration of possibilities and opportunities to combine pilot activities, as well as work together on future policy suggestions.
  • Cooperation for a wider impact of the Sustainability/exploitation plans of the projects to find and propose effective measures for evidence-informed policy suggestions.

The members of our H2020 BES Cluster

Currently the BES Cluster counts 15 members.

TRESSPASS (robusT Risk basEd Screening and alert System for PASSengers and luggage) is a H2020 research project under the Border and External Security thematic area. The overall scope of TRESSPASS is to modernize the way the security checks at border crossing points (BCPs) are held out at land, air and sea. TRESSPASS imports the idea of “Risk based” security checks and proposes an analytic framework for modelling risk as well as a systematic approach of quantifying risk, based on a set of indicators that can accurately be measured across all four tiers of the Integrated Border Management.

MIRROR (Migration-Related Risks Caused by Misconceptions of Opportunities and Requirement) aims to develop an integrated platform, a set of tools, as well as a systematic methodology for the comprehensive inter-media analysis of the perception of Europe, the detection of discrepancies between perception of and reality in Europe, and the creation of awareness for the impact of such misconceptions.

ITFLOWS (IT tolls and methods for managinf migration flows) provides accurate predictions and adequate management solutions of migration flows in the European Union in the phases of reception, relocation, settlement and integration of migration, according to a wide range of human factors and using multiple sources of information.

PERCEPTIONS (Understanding the Impact of Narratives and Perceptions of Europe on Migration and Providing Practices, Tools and Guides for Practitioners) examines how Europe and the EU are seen by people who have immigrated there or intend to do so. It examines what perceptions of Europe exist among this group, how they are formed, whether they correspond to reality and how they influence migration decisions.

PERSONA (Privacy, Ethical, Regulatory and SOcial “No-gate crossing point solution” Acceptance) is project Funded by the European Commission, that creates a  unified and tailored Impact Assessment Method for No-Gate Crossing Point Solutions capable of appropriately evaluating border controlling technologies and of ensuring that these solutions meet the requirements and expectations of governments, LEAS, and border crossing individuals.

EFFECTOR (End to end Interoperability Framework For MaritimE Situational Awareness at StrategiC and TacTical OpeRations) aims to enhance maritime surveillance, improve decisions support, and foster collaboration of maritime stakeholders. It implements an Interoperability Framework and associated Data Fusion and Analytics services for Maritime Surveillance and Border Security that will allow faster detection of new events, better informed decision making, achievement of a joint understanding and undertaking of a situation across borders.

D4FLY (Detecting document Fraud and identity on the Fly) identifys, reduces and avoids vulnerabilities in the identity lifecycle of modern border management, thereby strengthening European Smart Borders against serious and organized crime. It does this by exploring, developing and validating new technologies for identity and document verification – including biometrics-on-the-fly, and even explores how this could work in risk-based border management concepts.

BORDER UAS (Border Unmanned Aerial System)  combines a lighter-than-air UAV with sophisticated surveillance technology. BorderUAS aims to facilitate effective border surveillance and prevent cross-border criminal activities by supporting search & rescue applications, specifically rough terrain detection, improving the protection of European societies.

iMars (image Manipulation Attack Resolving Solutions) aims to provide image morphing and manipulation attack detection solutions for the evaluation of ID document authenticity, ID document verification and fraud detection. iMARS will deliver mobile tools to check document integrity.

ROBORDER (Autonomous swarm of heterogeneous RObots for BORDER surveillance) aims at developing and demonstrating a fully-functional autonomous border surveillance system with unmanned mobile robots including aerial, water surface, underwater and ground vehicles which will incorporate multimodal sensors as part of an interoperable network.

ISOLA (Innovative & Integrated Security System on Board Covering the Life Cycle of a Passenger Ships Voyage) develops, integrates, tests, deploys, demonstrates and validates a systematic and fully automated security approach by incorporating innovative technologies for sensing, monitoring, data fusion, alarming and reporting real-time during illegal incidents. This will ensure high level of security among all passengers of the ship and augmentation of the Ship Security Plan.

NESTOR (aN Enhanced pre-frontier intelligence picture to Safeguard The EurOpean boRders) aims to demonstrate a fully functional next generation Border Command, Control and Coordination intelligence (BC3i) system providing pre-frontier situational awareness beyond maritime and land border areas.

PROMENADE is an EU H2020 project devoted to develop new technologies that will provide European Border Guards Authorities with an open Artificial Intelligence service-based Toolkit able to analyse the Big Data coming from maritime surveillance reporting systems.

CRiTERIA project aims to address the issues EU borders constantly face with a multiplicity of challenges, from increased waves of illegal migration to human trafficking and public health threats. The consortium seeks to strengthen and expand existing risk analysis methods, by introducing novel approaches, such as identifying risk factors from qualitative evidence, building composite indicators, incorporating risk interaction and risk cascading assessments and consolidating the human security and human rights dimensions of border security.