CREST project presentation in CounteR project webinar – April 2022


CREST project was invited to participate and to be presented in CounteR project workshop which was held online on the 20th of April, 2022. CREST project was presented in fornt of an audience of more than 55 participants representing industry and commercial actors, end-users, suppliers, service-providers, CSOs, sister projects, academia, and institutions. Members of CounteR’s consortium that includes 19 organizations from 11 Member States were also in attendance as guests or as panellists. This webinar sought to share project updates, and also experiences, and get to know the insights and perspectives of industry colleagues.

CounteR’s project manager, Cătălin TRUFIN from ASSIST Software SRL, provided opening remarks and a presentation of the project goals, objectives, milestones, and work packages. He explained that CounteR is a three-year project for supporting the fight against radicalisation that will produce an early-warning for the detection of potential radical content to prevent the spread of radicalisation online.

CREST was presented in the second part of the webinar beeinf a sister project of CounteR, by George Kalpakis, Senior Research Associate at the Centre for Research and Technology Hellas. In the project’s presentation, an overview about the CREST project was delivered, focusing mainly on its platform for prediction, prevention, operation, and investigation.

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CREST in CONNEXIONs Final Conference – February 2022

As the CONNEXIONs project came to its end in February 2022, the CONNEXIONs Final Conference took place between 23rd and 24th of February 2022 in Lisbon, Portugal.

.The Final event of CONNEXIONs was hosted by Polícia Judiciária and took place in a hybrid (physical/online) manner allowing participants to attend the event either physically at the premises of Direção Nacional da Polícia Judiciária (PJ), Lisbon, Portugal, or online and will serve as a great opportunity for interested stakeholders and end-users to get familiar with the project outcomes, including the final tools and solutions developed in CONNEXIONs.

The event included demonstrations & lessons learnt from each of the Pilot Use Cases, selected invited speakers and experts in the area of Fighting Crime and Terrorism, as well as a demonstration of Sister Projects & Related initiatives.

CREST project was invited and presented to the onsite an online participants its outcomes and progress achieved so far, attracting the interest of the participant Stakeholders.

Joint Workshop Press Release – January 2022

CREST co-organised its first workshop along with the sister project CONNEXIONs which took place on December 16th, 2021. The workshop focused on the technologies developed and challenges addressed by the two projects regarding security in public spaces and large-scale public events and their respective Pilot Use Cases. Seventy people from different organisations, including Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs), Universities, Research Centres, SMEs and NGOs, participated providing an ideal audience to generate interesting discussions and interactions. The workshop took place virtually since the COVID-19 restrictions were still in place. Nevertheless, the two projects demonstrated their Pilot Use Cases successfully allowing for better understanding and deeper insights to be gained.

At the start of the event, an introduction regarding the workshop was given by the CONNEXIONs Scientific Manager, Dr. Theodora Tsikrika (CERTH). Following that, both the CONNEXIONs and CREST projects were presented, respectively, by Dr. Despoina Chatzakou (CERTH) and Ovidiu Dumitrache (SPP)/George Kalpakis (CERTH), and each project’s aims and objectives were further analysed. With the completion of the two projects presentations, the CONNEXIONs and CREST synergies were demonstrated by Dr. Theodora Tsikrika (CERTH), where similarities and differences were highlighted and discussed. Those presentations allowed for a better understanding of the workshop’s core theme. Thus, the analysis of the two projects as well as their synergies prepared the audience for the Pilot Use Case demonstrations.

The first Pilot Use Case that was demonstrated was “Counter-terrorism security in large scale public events” from the CONNEXIONs project. Dr. Constantinos Rizogiannis (KEMEA) presented the relevant pilot demonstration that took place successfully on May 25, 2021 at KEMEA premises. During the pilot, the Hellenic Police alongside with KEMEA partners tested and validated technologies for mission planning and operation, including Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality technologies, 3D models, a Command Center for real-time operation management, and Visual data analysis. The presentation was comprehensive, giving the opportunity to participants to understand the tools which have been developed by the project. The demonstrations of CREST Pilot Use Cases on “Counter-terrorism security in crowded areas” and “Protection of public figures in motorcades and public spaces” followed and the relevant pilot demonstrations were presented by Tobias Mattes (BayHFoD) and Eugen Badea (SPP). The two pilots were fully demonstrated and explained, presenting the tools and technologies developed by the CREST project; further to the aforementioned technologies, additional solutions related to Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), Adaptive mission planning, UAV swarming, and Concealed object detection were also demonstrated.

With the completion of the pilot demonstrations, a panel discussion moderated by Eddie Schneid (MSIL) followed. Partners from the two consortia, namely Alexandru Vladuta (SPP)/ Eugen Badea (SPP), Max Hausner (BayHFOD), Konstantinos Gkountakos (CERTH), and Xavier Español Espinar (EVERIS), discussed the Challenges and Opportunities in the Use of Advanced Technologies for Protecting Public Spaces, explaining important details and responding to participants’ questions.

Finally, we had the wonderful opportunity to welcome representatives from four EU sister projects: PREVISION, IcARUS, PROTECT and CYCLOPES who presented their projects’ objectives and achievements, thus contributing to synergies creation and knowledge exchange. We were more than happy to welcome their contribution to our event and we hope for more interactive activities in the future.

Last but not least, we would like to inform you that our sister project CONNEXIONs last workshop along with its final event will take place in February 2022.

CREST Consortium will continue to organise a series of workshops targeting end users, security enterprises, and EU officials, and allow them to explore the CREST tools with a hands-on approach. Finally, a Final Dissemination Conference will be organised at the end of the project to demonstrate the final results and offer participants the opportunity to interact with the Consortium.

Stay tuned!       

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CONNEXIONs – CREST Joint Workshop – December 2021

CREST in cooperation with CONNEXIONs project co-organises a Joint Workshop which will take place on December 16th 2021.

The CONNEXIONs – CREST Joint Workshop will present and further explore the projects’ achievements and the organisation of the performed Pilot Use Cases towards the Fight Against Crime and Terror on the grounds of the Operational Capabilities provided using Internet of Things Technologies.

The summarized Event Program has as follows:

– CREST & CONNEXIONs project presentations & synergies

– Demonstrations of CONNEXIONs & CREST project results

– Panel Discussions

– Sister Project Presentations

– Invited Speakers


CREST in 24th European Police Congress – September 2021

CREST project participated in the 24th European Police Congress 2021 which took place between 14 & 15 September 2021 in Berlin Congress Center (BCC), Germany.

The European Police Congress is an international congress for decision makers from police forces and security authorities and industries. Its intention is to strengthen the dialogue between the authorities and enable the participants to establish new contacts to colleagues from all over the world. Every year critical discussions on upto-date issues are held and the latest developments in technologies for the professional use in the security sector are presented by the exhibitors. The European Police Congress is the largest conference for internal security in the European Union. Annually the conference is a meeting place for about 1.950 experts from more than 20 countries. Representatives of polices, border polices, secret services as well as governments, parliaments and industries participate in the conference. The European Police Congress is organized by the “Behörden Spiegel”, Germany’s leading newspaper for public authorities with support of national and European authorities.

CREST progress made so far and its achievements were presented through networking sessions to an extended audience consisting of Police Officers of the EU Member States, Policy and Decision makers from EU and International delegations and Executives of the security market who represented their companies in the congress’ exhibition booths.

CREST 5th Plenary Meeting – April 2021

CREST Project organized its 5th plenary meeting online using teleconference technology due to the COVID-19 restrictions between 12 – 13 April 2020.

During the first day of the plenary meeting the project Coordinator Mr. Mihai Simionescu from SPP Romania along with the other 9 Workpackage Leaders delivered their presentations showcasing the progress made so far fulfilling the objectives of CREST Project.

During the second day of the meeting, the Executive Board of the project consortium examined the course of actions taken and made discussions regarding the challenges CREST project will face in the near future.

CREST Presentation in CC-DRIVER Project event – 12 March 2021

CC-DRIVER Horizon 2020 Project Organised the LEA Clustering activity held online on the 12th of March 2021.

CREST Project presented it’s solution capabilities in an audience of End Users representating several Law Enforcement Agencies across EU Member States. CREST presentation included all the latests project achievements and the progress made so far.

CREST 4th Plenary Meeting – December 2020

CREST Project under the COVID-19 restrictions, organized its plenary meeting using teleconference technology between 9 – 10 December 2020. During the first day of the plenary meeting the project Coordinator Mr. Mihai Simionescu from SPP Romania along with the other 9 Workpackage Leaders delivered their presentations showcasing the progress made so far fulfilling the objectives of CREST Project. During the second day of the meeting, the Executive Board of the project consortium examined the course of actions taken and made discussions regarding the challenges CREST project will face in the near future.

CREST Survey on Helping Victims of Terrorist Attack

Over the last months, we have seen a resurgence of terrorist attacks in Europe, most recently in Nice and in Vienna. Those attacks remind us how urgently we need to educate the public on what to do in case of an attack. With your help, we will develop educational materials that can be used around Europe and globally, to increase awareness, help keep people safe and help people to cope.

CREST People’s Attitude towards Policing October 2020

This survey aims to investigate people’s current attitudes towards policing, security, and the role of technology in policing. This will serve to benefit the design and use of these kinds of tools to be more effective and also ethical.

CREST Virtual Teleconference (VTC) Plenary Meeting – 26.05.2020

CREST Project under the COVID-19 restrictions, organized its third plenary meeting using teleconference technology between 19 – 21.05.2020. The VTC was hosted by CREST project partner ITI-CERTH who would be the host in Thessaloniki, Greece if the COVID-19 outbreak wouldn’t change the initial planning.

During the first day of the plenary meeting the the project Coordinator Mr. Mihai Simionescu from SPP Romania along with the other 9 Workpackage Leaders delivered their presentations showcasing the progress made so far fulfilling the objectives of CREST Project. During the second day of the meeting, the Executive Board of the project consortium examined the course of actions taken and made discussions regarding the challenges CREST project will face in the near future.  

Finally, the third day of the meeting was dedicated to the technical aspects of CREST. The presentations delivered from the project’s technical partners aimed to deal with planning upon the next steps regarding the project components. The CREST VTC was attended from approximately 50 representatives of the project’s consortium per day of meeting.

CREST Second Plenary Meeting & workshop – Valencia, Spain 19.12.2019

CREST Project consortium realized its second plenary meeting between 11-12 December 2019 in Valencia, Spain. The meeting was organized by Robotnik and was held at Geminis Business Center – Valencia.

During the first day of the plenary meeting the 10 Workpackage Leaders delivered their presentations showcasing the progress made so far within the scope and the objectives of CREST Project. Moreover, the planning for the upcoming period was presented and discussed among the partners of the project. During the second day of the event, several discussions were conducted amongst the consortium partners, regarding security procedures within the scope of CREST project.

Finally, a workshop for the invited LEAs representatives took place at Robotnik premises in Valencia. In this workshop LEAs representatives had the opportunity to be provided with the latest technological developments regarding the implementation of AI & IoT in fight against crime and terror.

CREST Kick off Meeting – Bucharest, Romania 20.092019

CREST project held its Kick off Meeting on the 10th and 11th of September 2019 in Bucharest, Romania. The meeting was held in the Center for Advance Research and New Materials with the participation of 45 representatives of CREST Consortium.

The project coordinator Mr. Mircea Radan of the SPP in his introductory presentation provided the Consortium Partners with the strategic goals and the guidelines of CREST Project. The presentations of the Consortium Work Package Leaders followed, describing the objectives and the ways to be achieved.

Furthermore, planning for future activities of the Consortium partners has been set and discussed among the various WP tasks in order to ensure the successful beginning of the project.