There is a need to improve the quality of security systems which scan people as they enter a secure or protected area. As terrorism continues to be a threat we need to ensure future systems provide a high level of protection detecting threats with a high probability of detection and rejecting false alarms. At the same time these systems need to operate in real time to avoid unnecessary queues and to adopt ethical best practices to ensure people are treated fairly, their privacy respected and that there is no discrimination.
The European Commission through FP71 raised a call for proposals to address this need and this project was selected. CONSORTIS (Concealed Object Stand-Off Real-Time Imaging for Security) is a project in EU’s Seventh Framework Programme for Research (FP7). CONSORTIS is a 48-month project with eleven partners from five EU member States. It is a confidential project with classified deliverables and is conscious of a need to protect the intellectual property developed to ensure exploitation.
The project will develop a demonstrator for stand-off real-time concealed object detection for future implementations of high throughput security screening for European mass markets and infrastructure security. The technological approach will build on and extend current millimetre-wave imaging technology.
The system will undergo an end-user demonstration at a European airport in 2017. The ethical issues surrounding the use of stand-off body scanners will be evaluated to ensure that the technology will be deployable from an ethical standpoint. The involvement of end-users is of utmost importance.
The consortium includes end-users as project partners who will ensure maximum relevance and impact to the user community. The consortium will also address the exploitation of the technology developed in the project, especially considering the commercialisation and manufacture of the technology through the small and medium-sized enterprises involved in the project.
1SECURITY RESEARCH CALL 5 (FP7-SEC-2012-1) Topic SEC-2012.3.4-5 Further research and pilot implementation of Terahertz passive detection techniques (T-Ray) - Capability Project
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