News Article | April 20, 2017
The French video creation startup Pitchy has raised €4 million from Seventure Partners and the Fonds Ambition Numérique, managed by Bpifrance. Pitchy's founders Lionel and Benjamin Chouraqui wanted to create a solution that would allow professionals to make videos quickly, easily and inexpensively. The startup offers video creation software that companies can use to create their own videos using customized, pre-recorded animations. Companies can create videos for marketing as well as for other purposes such as human resources or internal communications. More than 200,000 videos have already been created with Pitchy in the past 24 months. "Their solution, through its ease of use, massively democratizes video production and promises to become a professional reference tool," said Marion Aubry, investment director at Bpifrance, as reported by Maddyness. The startup plans to further accelerate its growth with the new funding and enhance its platform with new functionalities. Pitchy works with several CAC 40 companies in various industries including real estate, services, banking, insurance, and retail. It also works with the public sector, for instance with the Ministry of the Interior.
News Article | May 5, 2017
Silicon Valley companies continue to feel the repercussions of terrorism. The families of the San Bernardino shooting victims are suing Facebook, Google and Twitter, accusing them of knowingly allowing terrorist activity to take place on their respective social media platforms. In lawsuit filed Wednesday with the California Central District Court in Los Angeles, family members of three victims laid out their claim, which encompasses four different terrorism-related charges, one charge of "negligent infliction of emotional distress" and one of wrongful death. "For years, defendants have knowingly and recklessly provided the terrorist group ISIS with accounts to use its social networks as a tool for spreading extremist propaganda, raising funds, and attracting new recruits," the filing says. This isn't the first time a tech company has been drawn into the aftermath of the December 2015 shooting rampage, conducted by Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, which left 22 people injured and 14 dead. A high-profile legal battle ensued between the FBI and Apple, which refused to allow law enforcement officials backdoor access into an iPhone used by the perpetrators. The two cases are different in nature, but both raise questions about how much responsibility tech companies should shoulder when their products are used for nefarious activities. Social media in particular has felt the heat. ISIS, al-Qaeda and other groups have long turned to those online venues to broadcast their message to the world and communicate with like-minded individuals. During his campaign for the presidency, Donald Trump even suggested that parts of the internet be shut down as a way to undercut terrorist activities. After deadly attacks in Paris in November 2015, France's Ministry of the Interior considered proposals to block free public Wi-Fi and the use of technologies that foster anonymity. Both Facebook and Twitter have rules that prohibit threats of violence and the promotion of terrorism, but they're increasingly under pressure to be seen to be taking preventive action against the growth of ISIS in particular. Social media companies -- Facebook especially -- are also grappling with a broader issue of violence being shared through livestreams and other content. Twitter declined to comment on the lawsuit, and representatives of Facebook and Google did not immediately respond. The three companies were also sued, unsuccessfully, in December 2016 by the families of three of the victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting last June. No lawsuit of this type has ever passed beyond the preliminary phase as companies have immunity from liability for content posted by users under federal law. First published May 5 at 6:38 a.m. PT. Updated at 7:57 a.m. PT: Added background material. Tech Enabled: CNET chronicles tech's role in providing new kinds of accessibility.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-IP | Phase: SEC-2012.3.4-6 | Award Amount: 15.61M | Year: 2013
FastPass will establish and demonstrate a harmonized, modular approach for Automated Border Control (ABC) gates. FastPass brings together key players of the entire ABC value chain - system and component producers, research institutions, governmental authorities and end-users. The development of a harmonized ABC gate will be accomplished with continuous end-user involvement. The entire innovation process, from components development to the final design of the user interface, will continuously be evaluated by the two end user groups, travellers and border guards. Border control is a major challenge for security and mobility within the EU. Travellers request a minimum delay and a speedy border crossing, while Border Guards must fulfil their obligation to secure the EUs borders against illegal immigration and other threats. Fastpass will serve both demands at the same time to keep security at the highest level while increasing the speed and the comfort for all legitimate travellers at all border control points. The FastPass ABC process will be designed to address both requirements with equal emphasis. One aspect of a speedy border crossing by legitimate travellers is a harmonised user interface. This will allow frequent travellers from Europe and third country states to pass through an ABC with minimum delay, using the full potential of ID documents. Improved traveller identification technologies, such as new biometric modules will increase the security of the ABC process and minimise spoofing. A demonstration and evaluation at all types of border (air, land and sea) will be implemented in at least three different member states. Compliance with European societal values and citizens rights is central to the acceptance of the developed technologies, and will accompany the development and end-user interaction throughout the project. FastPass will develop a reference architecture for ABC gates, and will pursue a European initiative for a global standard in ABC technology.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-CA | Phase: SEC-2011.7.1-1 | Award Amount: 3.11M | Year: 2012
Enhancing European Coordination for National Research Programmes in the Area of Security at Major Events THE HOUSE is aimed at strengthening the ERA on Major Events security by applying the research coordination tools/methodologies developed during seven years of activity within the projects EU-SEC and EU-SEC II. THE HOUSE builds on the assumption that Major Events are windows of opportunity to increase inter-agency/intra-agency coordination at national and regional level and they are suitable to have a long-lasting legacy on the national security planning of the hosting countries. Capitalising on the existing EU-SEC II platform of cooperation, THE HOUSE gathers a wide Consortium of 24 national public end-users. The main Consortiums goal is to achieve a harmonised implementation approach to security research in the field of Major Events in Europe via the European House of Major Events Security (the House). The coordinated research resulting from the application of the House coordination tools/methodologies to specific Major Events in Europe will benefit the partners in terms of provision of a common European taxonomy, planning and evaluation standards elaborated to respond to the specific needs of the security end-users groups. In addition, THE HOUSE will foster the advancement towards the adoption of a common policing approach across Europe and will facilitate the practical implementation of the most recent EU policies in the field, such as the Stockholm Programme. As a complementary action, the proposed Consortium envisages studying the most appropriate framework to render the House a long lasting European tool and seeks to identify a European Coordinator for Major Events. Finally, the training services and dissemination activities undertaken by THE HOUSE will ensure that its results are distributed widely, raising awareness among security policy-makers and ensuring the promotion and adoption of a common policing approach.
News Article | February 15, 2017
SINGAPORE--(Marketwired - Feb 14, 2017) - The highly acclaimed Milipol Asia-Pacific Conference, returns this year from 4 to 6 April 2017 at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre, with a world class line-up of international speakers who will be sharing their latest insights on the homeland security environment. Themed "Emerging Threats -- The Case for Collaborative Public Safety", the three-day conference will expound on how governments and private organisations can build an effective internal and cross-border collaborative approach in tackling emerging threats to homeland security. "In current times where the threats are ever present, solutions to national security have been evolving and developing in new ways. Public and private collaborations are no longer an option but a necessity," commented Mr. Andrew Marriott, Managing Director of Comexposium Singapore. "Through Milipol Asia-Pacific 2017, we hope that attendees will not only have a better understanding of current key challenges, but also familiarise themselves with the roles that individuals can play in the areas of emergency preparedness, prevention, and recovery." Through keynotes and interactive panels, the insightful three-day conference programme will include presentations on three important areas of ensuring national security, specifically, "Threats and Responses", "Protection and Emergency Management", and "Innovation in Tactics and Equipment". Speaker Highlights Leading International industry experts from Southeast Asia, Europe, Middle East, and the US form the line-up of conference speakers for the upcoming Milipol Asia-Pacific 2017. Together, they will be discussing on emerging regional threats, as well as the ways to mitigate, prevent and react to them. Notable speakers who were directly involved with the critical response to recent emergencies caused by acts of terrorism and conflict in countries like France, Libya, Syria, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Myanmar, Pakistan, India and Bangladesh will share their first-hand experiences, and how in the face of emerging and fast evolving threats, a complex landscape makes it necessary for the community to remain vigilant. Day-1 Threats and Responses Back at this year's Milipol Asia-Pacific 2017, International Terrorism Expert, Dr Rohan GUNARATNA, Head of International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research (ICPVTR), and Professor of Security Studies at S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, will update delegates on the current and emerging threats in the Asia-Pacific region. For the first time in Asia, hear from the words of key people involved in the Paris attacks as well as lessons learnt, from speakers such as Chief Superintendent Eric GIGOU, Deputy Head of the French Police Special Forces anti-terrorism unit, and Chief Superintendent Dimitri KALININE, Central Commissioner of the 3rd Arrondissement and head of the Night Service Anti-Criminality Brigade, Paris Prefecture of Police, France. Day-2 Protection and Emergency Management Learn the evolving roles and workings of Counter-Terrorism Intelligence in regional security from Datuk Ayob KHAN Bin Mydin Pitchay, head of the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) counter-terrorism division. Further anticipated highlights not to be missed is the exclusive session by James LE MESURIER, director of the Syria Civil Defence support programme. The White Helmets as they are known as credited with saving more than 80,000 lives amidst the ongoing crisis in Syria. In addition to introducing the Developments in Civil Protection in Syria, he will also be sharing some of his extraordinary experiences on the ground since 2012. Day-3 Innovation in Tactics and Equipment Other panellists include, Director-General Dr Rakesh MARIA, who will discuss the latest intelligence and analytics involved in counter-terrorism intelligence, and Deputy Inspector General (Chief) Monirul ISLAM from Bangladesh. In his first conference stage appearance in Southeast Asia, the man behind the creation of Dhaka Metropolitan Police's special CounterTerrorism Unit will lead us through the dark but real issue of The Evolving Terrorist Mind set. With over 400 attendees from more than 30 countries expected, the region's flagship homeland security conference supported by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Singapore and the Ministry of the Interior of France is the premier event for all Trade and Professional Security Practitioners to attend. Workshops In addition to the highlights of the main conference programme, there will also be a series of events taking place concurrently on site, as part of the Milipol Asia-Pacific exhibition. This includes the Drone Asia 2017 conference (5 April), Securex-Asia 2017 (5 & 6 April), and the IED Workshop 2017 (6 April). For more information and to register for the conference, please visit http://www.milipolasiapacific.com/conference/overview/speakers Some listed are exclusively speaking at the conference for the first-time in Asia, the speaker line-up of leading practitioners and industry experts includes: Ali SOUFAN Chairman & President, The Soufan Group, USA A former FBI Supervisory Special Agent who investigated and supervised highly sensitive and complex international terrorism cases, including the East Africa Embassy Bombings, the attack on the USS Cole, and the events surrounding 9/11 Active Shooters and the Need for an Inter-Agency Response (Bataclan Case) Eric GIGOU Deputy Head, Anti-Terrorism Unit, Police Special Forces, France Recherche, Assistance, Intervention, Dissuasion (RAID), France Hervé TOURMENTE Deputy Director, Directorate General of Civil Security and Crisis Management, France Direction Général de la Sécurité Civile et de la Gestion des Crises (DGSCGC), France The Evolution in Civil Protection James LE MESURIER Founder & Director, Mayday Rescue Foundation, The Netherlands Mr Le Mesurier is the architect of the Nobel Peace Prize nominated Syria Civil Defence (aka The White Helmets), credited with saving more than 80,000 lives amidst the ongoing crisis in Syria Current and Emerging Threats in the Asia-Pacific Dr Rohan GUNARATNA Head of International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research (ICPVTR), Singapore Professor of Security Studies, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technology University, Singapore The Evolving Terrorist Mindset (Dhaka Suicide Bombers Case and the Suppression of IS Penetration in Bangladesh) Director Inspector General Monirul ISLAM Deputy Inspector General (Chief), Counter-Terrorism and Transnational Crime Unit (CTTC) Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP), Bangladesh *Programme may be subjected to changes. About Milipol Asia-Pacific In 2015 the GIE Milipol, Comexposium and GSA Exhibitions Pte Ltd announced the partnership between Global Security Asia and the Milipol Events. After the 2015 edition of the Global Security Asia exhibition and conference, the event was renamed Milipol Asia Pacific, so creating the world's leading international network of exhibitions dedicated to solutions, technologies and innovations for homeland security. For over 30 years, the MILIPOL brand has been synonymous with the highest quality, international events focused on Homeland Security. Over the years, the brand has proudly presented Milipol Paris and Milipol Qatar.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: IA | Phase: DRS-01-2015 | Award Amount: 14.54M | Year: 2016
The ultimate purpose of ANYWHERE is to empower exposed responder institutions and citizens to enhance their anticipation and pro-active capacity of response to face extreme and high-impact weather and climate events. This will be achieved through the operational implementation of cutting-edge innovative technology as the best way to enhance citizens protection and saving lives. ANYWHERE proposes to implement a Pan-European multi-hazard platform providing a better identification of the expected weather-induced impacts and their location in time and space before they occur. This platform will support a faster analysis and anticipation of risks prior the event occurrence, an improved coordination of emergency reactions in the field and help to raise the self-preparedness of the population at risk. This significant step-ahead in the improvement of the pro-active capacity to provide adequate emergency responses is achievable capitalizing on the advanced forecasting methodologies and impact models made available by previous RTD projects, maximizing the uptake of their innovative potential not fully exploited up to now. The consortium is build upon a strong group of Coordinators of previous key EC projects in the related fields, together with 12 operational authorities and first responders institutions and 6 leading enterprises of the sector. The platform will be adapted to provide early warning products and locally customizable decision support services proactively targeted to the needs and requirements of the regional and local authorities, as well as public and private operators of critical infrastructures and networks. It will be implemented and demonstrated in 4 selected pilot sites to validate the prototype that will be transferred to the real operation. The market uptake will be ensured by the cooperation with a SME and Industry Collaborative Network, covering a wide range of sectors and stakeholders in Europe, and ultimately worldwide.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-CSA | Phase: SEC-2013.5.3-2 | Award Amount: 17.05M | Year: 2014
EU CISE 2020 is an important step towards the accomplishment of the European roadmap for CISE; the project attains the widest possible experimental environment of innovative and collaborative processes between European maritime institutions. EU CISE 2020 takes as reference a broad spectrum of factors in the field of European Integrated Maritime Surveillance, arising from the European legal framework, as well as from studies, pilot and R&D projects accomplished in the last three years; in particular, the project is based on: the CISE Roadmap developed by DG MARE the results of European pilot projects BluemassMed and MARSUNO, the work performed by CISE TAG-Technical Advisory Group, the European studies on maritime surveillance already carried out, the results of Security research projects in progress, with particular reference to PERSEUS and SEABILLA the needs of innovation expressed by the maritime stakeholders arising from their operational experience in managing maritime surveillance processes and systems at European, international and national levels. Under the guidance of a Stakeholder Board, EU CISE 2020 will manage in parallel the elaboration of the action plan for the operational validation of new elements of R&D needed to develop CISE (concepts of architecture, concepts of operation, standards of data and services, new services, new processes, ...), the development of an open European test bed for incremental advancement of CISE in the medium-long term, the independent Verification & Validation of the new elements of R&D, as well as the assessment of organizational instruments necessary to sustain the appropriate governance structure and to stimulate public-private cooperation. EU CISE 2020 draws a major space of opportunity for national and European maritime Institutions to collaboratively innovate their processes and systems, and for European enterprises to develop a new range of solutions and services competitive in the international market.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ENV.2012.6.4-2 | Award Amount: 7.88M | Year: 2012
The main objectives of FUTUREVOLC are to establish an integrated volcanological monitoring procedure through European collaboration, develop new methods to evaluate volcanic crises, increase scientific understanding of magmatic processes and improve delivery of relevant information to civil protection and authorities. To reach these objectives the project combines broad European expertise in seismology, volcano deformation, volcanic gas and geochemistry, infrasound, eruption monitoring, physical volcanology, satellite studies of plumes, meteorology, ash dispersal forecasting, and civil defence. This European consortium leads the way for multi-national volcanological collaboration with the aim of mitigating the effects of major eruptions that pose cross-border hazards. Iceland is selected as a laboratory supersite area for demonstration because of (i) the relatively high rate of large eruptions with potential for long ranging effects, and (ii) Icelands capability to produce the near full spectrum of volcano processes at its many different volcano types. Based on present monitoring networks and ongoing research, the project will bridge gaps and combine efforts for a coherent close-to-real-time evaluation of the state of Icelandic volcanoes and their unrest. The project will provide timely information on magma movements from combined interpretation of earthquake sources relocated in three-dimensional velocity models, magma sources inferred from ground and space geodetic data, and measurements of volcanic volatiles. For better response during eruptions, the project will develop operational models of magma discharge rate, contributing directly to improved forecasts of ash dispersion. They will help to minimise economic disruption on a European scale during eruptions. By integrating a Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre and a civil protection unit into the project, European citizens will benefit directly from the scientific work of FUTUREVOLC.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-CSA | Phase: SEC-2013.3.2-1 | Award Amount: 13.96M | Year: 2014
This project proposal EARLY WARNING FOR INCREASED SITUATIONAL AWARENESS (EWISA) is addressing the FP7 Theme for Security Research the work programme topic SEC-2013.3.2-1 Pre-Operational Validation (POV) on land borders, the topic Area 10.3.2 Land borders as is aimed to promote further cooperation between public authorities as the end-users on developing new solutions to improve the quality and efficiency of public services related to security issues on topics of common European interest. The proposal is in the area of Activity 10.3, regarding the Intelligent Surveillance and Border Security with the specific funding scheme Pre-Operational Validation (POV), a Combination of Collaborative Project and Coordination (CP-CSA) and Support Action. The project implements the actual strategic approach of Frontex, expressed in EuroSur , through which an intelligence picture of possible threats against MS is obtained, picture created outside the MS and Schengen area, through the combination of radar pictures with video pictures and with the intelligence collected from the sensor stations together with the ones from the MS partners, from checked sources. The threats which are subject to analysis in this project are the following: a) illegal migration, b) smuggling, c) trafficking in drugs and forbidden materials, d) trafficking in weapons The project will provide not only the assessment of a stand-alone technology, but also assessment of the integration into current surveillance infrastructure of the new capabilities provided by the industry. The objective is to increase intelligence in video surveillance. The approach is a process like entity, which consists of: camera-specific processes a modular implementation of successive analysis layers, which is applied for optimal situational awareness: chaining, motion, figure, face. In addition to the cameras processing capabilities, the network consists of: sensors, network analysis and system for control room.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: CSA | Phase: DRS-18-2015 | Award Amount: 2.17M | Year: 2016
The BROADMAP project will take the first steps towards future procurement of interoperable next generation of broadband radio communication systems for public safety and security (DRS-18) to improve PPDRs service to Europes citizens and enhance interoperability across borders. The primary goal of this project is to: Collect and validate the PPDR (Public Protection and Disaster Relief) organisations existing requirements with the aim to establish a core set of specifications, and roadmap for procurement, to achieve future evolution of EU broadband applications and interoperable radio communication solutions This project implements a Coordination and Support Action (CSA) with the purpose to inform and guide the future procurement of research and development, networks and devices and their deployment to realise new interoperable broadband networks, and the ecosystems of applications and services to support the PPDR and critical communications community. Project BROADMAP addresses the following goals: To collect, assess and validate the PPDRs wireless broadband communication requirements To establish a core set of specifications to fulfil the requirements To define transition roadmaps for research and standardisation for future evolution of European interoperable radio communication solutions, within legal procurement constraints To prepare the ground for a new eco-system to catalyse new applications, services and processes making use of broadband capabilities for public safety and security To utilise the strength of the PPDR community through our partners, their expertise, knowledge, networks and relations with the aim to achieving interoperability across Europe. This importantly includes nuances of societal differences, including different cultures, geography, processes and legal frameworks BROADMAP integrates 15 potential buyers/end users from 15 countries, 8 of which are responsible ministries. 48 further end users provide initial support.