The VICTORIA Project
The analysis of multimedia content collected by Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) has become a critical component in investigations related to major criminal acts and terrorist attacks. The amount of video data relevant for legal investigations is continuously increasing with the rapid development of video equipment.
In spite of this growth, the whole video investigation work is still mostly carried out manually by the LEA officers and need unreasonable time.
The VICTORIA Project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement N°740754 is addressing this need. Its consortium of 14 partners including LEAs, research groups, academics and industrial companies, world-leaders in security markets have joined for a common aim: deliver an ethical and legally compliant video analysis platform to accelerate the video analysis tasks of LEAs.
Project website: www.victoria-project.eu
TAKEDOWN – Understand the Dimensions of Organised Crime and Terrorist Networks for Developing Effective and Efficient Security Solutions for First-line-practitioners and Professionals
Organized Crime and Terrorist Networks (OC/TN) are a major challenge for the EU. Many different stakeholder groups are involved in creating awareness, preventing, identifying and intervene in case of risk or threat. But in order to develop better strategies and instruments, we still need a deeper understanding of these phenomena. The project will create new insights on OC and TN by using a multidimensional modelling approach including social, psychological, economic and cultural aspects as well as further dimensions, activities and response approaches.
Based on these insights, two digital platforms are designed:
- The Open Information Hub (www.firstlinepractitioners.com) will be developed for practitioners and the public.
- The closed Solutions Platform (www.fightcrimeterrorism.com) will aim at increasing the cooperation between law enforcement agencies and the security solution developers.
With this multi-level approach, TAKEDOWN will not only enhance the knowledge an OC and TN, but it will also develop digital and non-digital toolkits or solutions for more efficient and effective prevention, intervention and response strategies.
(TAKEDOWN has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement No 700688)
PERICLES (Policy recommendation and improved communication tools for law enforcement and security agencies preventing violent radicalisation)
The overall aim of the project is to develop a comprehensive approach to prevent and counter violent radicalisation and extremism. The PERICLES project will deliver five tools tailored to the needs of law enforcement agencies (LEAs) and security agencies; but will also find use by prison officers, social workers, and professionals in the field of counter-radicalisation.
The PERICLES toolkit comprises of an enhanced platform of exchange among end-users, vulnerability assessment tool, care package for families vulnerable to radicalisation or affected thereby, an updated skills and competencies package for frontline staff, and a cyber-detection tool. The comprehensive PERICLES prevention strategy will consider violent left-wing and right-wing as well as religious ideologies. Moreover, a special focus will be set on the risks connected with digital violent propaganda.
RAMSES (website-similar projects and posts on social media channels)
The Internet has become a key piece of any business activity. Criminal activity is not an exception. Some crimes previous to the Internet, such as thefts and scams, have found in the Internet the perfect tool for developing their activities. The Internet allows criminals hiding their real identity and the possibility to purchase specific tools for stealing sensitive data with a very low investment.
For this reason, the overall objective of the EU-Project RAMSES is to design and develop a holistic, intelligent, scalable and modular platform for Law Enforcement Agencies to facilitate digital Forensic Investigations. The system will extract, analyse, link and interpret information extracted from the internet related with financially-motivated malware. Customers, developers and malware victims will be included in order to obtain a better understanding of how and where malware is spread and to get to the source of the threat. To achieve these ambitious objectives, this project will rely on disruptive Big Data technologies to firstly extract and storage, and secondly look for patterns of fraudulent behavior in enormous amounts of unstructured and structured data.