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Anabel Peiro Baquedano contributed to Technology Development for Security Practitioners

Anabel Peiro Baquedano contributed to Technology Development for Security Practitioners

23 August 2021

CHAPTER 20. Supporting Decision-Making Through Methodological Scenario Refinement: The PREVENT Project, Technology Development for­ Security Practitioners, Springer 2021, describes the PREVENT project which aimed to map, through an iterative approach, the gaps and the needs of the transport operators around Europe in relation to security in order to propose a common challenge to launch a Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP).

Terrorism is an emerging and continuously growing worldwide threat, with numerous attacks over the last years. Mass transportation systems hold a unique position as possible targets for such attacks. Earlier detection of terrorists and potentially dangerous objects, tracking of detected individuals or situations and coordination of first responders, are critical actions that will mitigate the terrorism-related risks. PREVENT as an EU-funded initiative focuses on the identification of the commonly shared challenge of the practitioners in the field of transport security in European level for pre-empting attacks, following a progressive and iterative methodological approach.

Within this chapter, the scenario-based framework developed and followed to conclude with the Common Challenge for the future procurement is further analysed pinpointing the potential enhancement that will be offered to public transport operators. Based on the project results, a multidimensional roadmap of innovations and solutions is elaborated.

The needs were identified in the format of an initial set of 12 scenarios, which were sequentially filtered to 6 by taking into account legal, procurement, and operational obstacles and constraints, as well as the economic component. The project highlighted how vital these technology, regulatory, and economic-related factors were for interested public buyers to make a purchasing decision, as they decrease the degree of uncertainty linked to Innovation procurement.

The article explains how these successive steps were conducted and led to a decision of the consortium to launch a PCP to purchase the necessary R&D services to develop a technological solution to tackle the selected common challenge, Enhancing security situational awareness through:

  • Timely automatic detection of unattended items in public transport infrastructure and in public areas in the vicinity
  • Identification and tracking of perpetrators
  • Advanced crisis management system

Kampa M., Kampas G., Gkotsis I., Bouali Y., Baquedano A.P., Iguerwane R. (2021) Supporting Decision-Making Through Methodological Scenario Refinement: The PREVENT Project. In: Akhgar B., Kavallieros D., Sdongos E. (eds) Technology Development for Security Practitioners. Security Informatics and Law Enforcement. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-69460-9_20

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