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Serco Group plc is a British outsourcing company based in Hook, Hampshire. It operates public and private transport and traffic control, aviation, military weapons, detention centres, prisons and schools on behalf of its customers. There has been a history of problems, failures, fatal errors and overcharging.It is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index. Serco operates in Continental Europe, the Middle East, the Asia Pacific region and North America, but the majority of its turnover comes from the UK. Wikipedia.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: FCT-07-2014 | Award Amount: 5.54M | Year: 2015

The aim of AUGGMED is to develop a serious game platform to enable single- and team-based training of end-users with different level of expertise from different organisations responding to terrorist and organised crime threats. The platform will automatically generate non-linear scenarios tailored to suit the needs of individual trainees with learning outcomes that will improve the acquisition of emotional management, analytical thinking, problem solving and decision making skills. The game scenarios will include advanced simulations of operational environments, agents, telecommunications and threats, and will be delivered through VR and MR environments with multimodal interfaces. This will result in highly realistic training scenarios allowing advanced interactivity while encouraging security staff and first responders to engage and actively participate in the training process. In addition, the AUGGMED platform will include tools for trainers enabling them to set learning objectives, define scenarios, monitor training sessions, modify scenarios and provide feedback in real-time, as well as evaluate trainee performance and set training curricula for individual personnel in the post-training session phase. Finally, the platform will be offered in affordable and cost-effective Modes including Basic Mode (low VR fidelity and interactivity through mobile devices), Intermediate Mode (immersive multimodal VR) and Full Mode (immersive multimodal MR On-Site).

Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: FCT-14-2014 | Award Amount: 4.54M | Year: 2015

The Unity vision is to strengthen the connection between the police and the diverse communities they serve to maximise the safety and security of all citizens. The end-user focus of Unity shall identify best practices in Community Policing (CP) through primary and secondary research to enhance cooperation between Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) and citizens through the development and live pilot demonstrations of technological tools in six EU member states that facilitate, strengthen and accelerate community and LEAs communications. These tools shall be amplified and supported by the design and delivery of CP training and awareness raising activities to LEAs, citizens and community partners, including online virtual communities. Unity will provide LEAs with a new CP model and shared framework of governance and enabling tools and technology to support closer cooperation for greater, more effective and efficient and more inclusive CP. The citizen-centred approach of Unity support the combined protection, safety, security and well-being of communities, but it will also support a more collective, shared ownership of large scale, collective risk. Coordinated by pioneers and practitioners in CP, Unity seeks new ways of working in which the police will serve as a catalyst for change within communities, helping the latter to become an integral part of the solution, and thereby sharing the ownership and delivery of a sustainable CP model which simultaneously embraces the benefits of technology while meeting diverse community needs. This new and sustainable citizen-centred CP model will have community trust and confidence at its heart, with the ability for two-way flows of information and communication to allow for greater understanding of the problems and issues faced by communities. By working with citizens and community stakeholders to arrive at a full understanding of their concerns, targeted interventions and solutions can be agreed to keep local communities safe

Hyeraci N.,Serco | Topputo F.,Polytechnic of Milan
Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy | Year: 2013

A massless particle may perform a ballistic capture about a primary when two or more gravitational attractions are considered. The dynamics governing the ballistic capture depend on the mutual position of the primaries, if these are let to revolve in eccentric orbits. This paper studies the effect of the primaries true anomaly on the ballistic capture about the smaller primary in the planar elliptic restricted three-body problem. The dynamics of the Hill curves are studied, and the conditions for a favorable capture are derived. It is shown that these lead to regular, quasi-stable post-capture orbits. This is confirmed by numerical simulations implementing the concept of capture set: a set of initial conditions that generates ballistic capture orbits with a prescribed stability number. © 2013 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht. Source

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-IP | Phase: Fission-2008-2.1.3 | Award Amount: 13.60M | Year: 2009

In nuclear power plants, materials may undergo degradation due to severe irradiation conditions that may limit their operational life. Utilities that operate these reactors need to quantify the ageing and the potential degradations of some essential structures of the power plant to ensure safe and reliable plant operation. So far, the material databases needed to take account of these degradations in the design and safe operation of installations mainly rely on long-term irradiation programs in test reactors as well as on mechanical or corrosion testing in specialized hot cells. Continuous progress in the physical understanding of the phenomena involved in irradiation damage and continuous progress in computer sciences have now made possible the development of multi-scale numerical tools able to simulate the effects of irradiation on materials microstructure. A first step towards this goal has been successfully reached through the development of the RPV-2 and Toughness Module numerical tools by the scientific community created around the FP6 PERFECT project. Relying on the existing PERFECT Roadmap, the proposed 4 year Collaborative Project PERFORM 60 has mainly for objective to develop multi-scale tools aimed at predicting the combined effects of irradiation and corrosion on internals (austenitic stainless steels) and also to improve existing ones on RPV (bainitic steels). PERFORM 60 will be based on two technical sub-projects i) RPV and ii) Internals. The Users Group and Training sub-project shall allow representatives of constructors, utilities, research organizations... from Europe, USA and Japan to receive the information and training to get their own appraisal on limits and potentialities of the developed tools. An important effort will be made to teach young researchers in the field of materials degradation. PERFORM 60 will be run with 20 European organizations and Universities involved in the nuclear field.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-IP | Phase: Fission-2008-1.2.2 | Award Amount: 7.32M | Year: 2009

FAbrication, Irradiation and Reprocessing of FUELS and targets for transmutation (FAIRFUELS) provides a way towards a more efficient use of fissile material in nuclear reactors with a view to reducing the volume and hazard of high level long-lived radioactive waste, closing the nuclear fuel cycle. In order to contribute to the competitiveness of Europe, the Collaborative Project FAIRFUELS will conduct appropriate studies in synergy with other fuel and actinide partitioning & transmutation projects while maintaining close links with Gen IV International Forum. In fabrication technology and assessment of transmutation performance, FAIRFUELS will focus on minor actinides. Dedicated fuels will be fabricated and a fairly comprehensive irradiation programme will be carried out to address transmutation performance. In parallel, FAIRFUELS will conduct Post Irradiation Examination (PIE) of certain previously irradiated fuels and targets to provide in-depth information on their irradiation behaviour. In support of the PIE, modelling aspects of these fuels will be developed. A training and education programme will also be implemented to share the knowledge among the community, with a link to other related projects. In accordance with the road-mapping exercise undertaken in FP6 and the SNE-TP vision report, the FAIRFUELS consortium, comprising of nuclear research bodies, industry, European Joint Research Centres, and European universities, will endeavour to improve our knowledge in the area of fuels and targets to form a basis for the development of future demonstration systems.

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