Research of practical utility lies at the heart of all activities pursued by the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. Founded in 1949, the research organisation undertakes applied research of direct utility to private and public enterprise and of wide benefit to society. At present, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft maintains more than 80 research units at different locations in Germany. The majority of the 18,000 staff are qualified scientists and engineers.
In the ETCETERA consortium the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is present with two independent institutes: The Fraunhofer Institute for Technological Trend Analysis INT in Euskirchen, and the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI in Karlsruhe.
Fraunhofer INT has more than 30 years of experience in Technology Forecasting and Planning Support for Research & Development for the German Federal Ministery of Defence. Since about 10 years the focus has been widened to the field of security.
As a member of the innovation cluster “Future Security Baden-Württemberg”, Fraunhofer ISI is active at the intersection of societal considerations and technology-oriented issues. It is highly networked in security research and since September 2007 has participated in the research policy initiative launched by the French and German governments.
FOI is one of Europe’s leading research institutes in the areas of defence and security. We have 950 highly skilled employees with various backgrounds. FOI’s core activities are research, methodology/technology development, analyses and studies. FOI is an assignment-based authority under the Swedish Ministry of Defence.
The Swedish Armed Forces and the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration are our main customers. However, we also accept assignments from civil authorities and industry. Our clients from the defence sector place very high demands on advanced research, which also benefits other customers.
FOI has experts in many fields of application, such as security policy studies and analyses of defence and security, assessments of various types of threats, systems for crisis leadership and management, protection against and management of hazardous substances, IT security and the opportunities provided by new sensors.
TECNALIA is an applied research centre committed to the scientific and technological development of the collaborating companies – mainly SMEs –, and the society as a whole. TECNALIA was born from the merger of 8 internationally reputed technological centres, resulting the largest private R&D&i entity in Spain and the fifth in Europe, with a staff of over 1,400 employees and a turnover of nearly EUR 125 million.
Key features as a powerful agent in co-operative endeavours are: the private nature; the focus on applied research; the status as a centre of international excellence; the impact on local industry; and the openness to other organizations or networks to interact and co-generate knowledge.
TECNALIA has 13 Business Units organized on a sector basis, made up of multi-disciplinary teams. The cross-cutting action on Security research covers 5 main areas, comprising sensors, including networks of heterogeneous sensors; intelligent materials for structures and vehicles; methods for automation and control in electric power generation; simulation of complex scenarios subjected to multiple threats; and innovation models for public-private partnership for security operators. Research concerning security is also conducted in image processing, UAVs, semantic technologies, rapid deployment of communication networks, social media in crisis managemnet, identification and access, i-PPEs, monitorization of physiological signals, and robotic platforms.
Isdefe (Ingeniería de Sistemas para la Defensa de España, S.A. – Systems Engineering for the Defence of Spain) is a state owned company founded in September 1985, with the objective of providing technical engineering support and consulting services for advanced technologies in the Defence and Civil sectors.
Isdefe reports to the Secretary of State for Defence through a Board of Directors, comprised of Defence Ministry Advisors (Central Units and Armed Forces), the Ministry of Development and the Ministry of Economy and Taxation.
Since its inception, Isdefe has proved to be the perfect supporter and ally in national and multinational programmes for Government agencies and organisations, especially for the Defence Ministry and the Spanish Armed Forces, as well as for other civil and military organisations of the European Community, NATO, and other pan-European and international public agencies.
The Chair of Finance & Banking at Universität Duisburg-Essen offers a variety of courses, ranging from introductory courses in finance to advanced courses in corporate finance, capital markets, and banking. The main research areas are risk management and different applications of analysis in corporate finance. Recent research projects deal with the management of the valuation of derivatives, executive compensation, portfolio management, venture capital, bank marketing, valuation of investment decisions and the determination of the cost of capital.
Link to the institutional web-site (german) is: http://www.fiba.wiwi.uni-due.de/
Foresight & Policy Development Department is one of the five departments of the largest Austrian non-university research institution, the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology and focuses on innovation and sustainability research concerning the grand challenges of the future. The Department uses its expertise for the sustainable development of regions, for designing innovative infrastructures and for opening chances for business activities. Its fifty employees come from different scientific disciplines and are members of numerous international research networks. Together with about 180 cooperation partners the Department acts as an important think tank for both the Austrian and European policy. It is a competence node for companies and an important partner for universities.
The link to the institutional web-site is: http://www.ait.ac.at
The CEA (Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission) is a prominent actor in research, development and innovation in three main areas: energy, health and information technologies, defence and global security (http://www.cea.fr). CEA has been awarded in 2005 to conduct the French trans-governmental CBRNE R&D program and has developed innovative technologies to protect critical infrastructures, to secure information systems and to contribute to crisis management.
CEA is bringing its technical support to French authorities and, on the European side, is a major contribution to FP7/ European Security Research Program and also gives its support to Commission in terms of expertise through dedicated networks.
TNO is an independent innovation organisation. TNO connects people and knowledge to create innovations that sustainably boost the competitive strength of industry and the welfare of society.
TNO’s more than 4000 professionals work on practicable knowledge and solutions for the problems of global scarcity.
TNO focuses its efforts on seven themes including Defence, Safety and Security: TNO focuses on a safe and secure society by creating innovations for people working in the armed forces, law-enforcement agencies, emergency services and industry.
The VDI Technologiezentrum GmbH is an associated company of VDI, the Association of Engineers in Germany. VDI is a financially independent and politically unaffiliated, non-profit organisation of over 140.000 engineers and natural scientists. The VDI is today the largest engineering association in Western Europe. Since 1973 VDI Technologiezentrum GmbH has been working on behalf of the Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and for other institutions and enterprises. Our activities aim at increasing the technological efficiency and competence of industry and scientific research. The VDI Technologiezentrum GmbH employs over 200 staff members. The Future Technologies Division of the VDI Technologiezentrum GmbH (FTD) offers strategic consulting in technological and societal questions for the future to clients from policy, political administration, industry, small and medium sized enterprises, investors and insurances. FTD employs some 30 staff members from interdisciplinary fields (physicists, chemists, biologists, social scientists, economists and political scientists).
Morpho, a high-technology company in the Safran group, is one of the world’s leading suppliers of identification, detection and e-document solutions. Morpho is specialized in personal rights and flow management applications, in particular based on biometrics, a sector in which it is the world leader, as well as secure terminals and smart cards. Morpho’s integrated systems and equipment are deployed worldwide and contribute to the safety and security of transportation, data, people and countries.
Ansaldo STS S.p.A.
Ansaldo STS is a leading technology company operating in the global Railway & Mass Transit Transportation Systems business with the provision of traffic management, planning, train control and signalling systems, security systems and services. It acts as lead contractor and turnkey provider on major projects worldwide.
The activities of the company are organized in two business units: Signalling & Transportation Solutions.
Ansaldo STS is headquartered in Genoa, Italy, and employs over 4,300 people in 28 different countries.
ASTS combines experience and technological, financial and human resources to supply innovative solutions for the design and production of equipment and systems used in signalling and the automation of subway networks and conventional and high-speed railway lines.
The link to the institutional web-site is: http://www.ansaldo-sts.com
For 15 years the COMSEC Group has been successful providing security externally and internally for many companies in various areas of trade and industry. Experienced criminalists, lawyers and latest technology are kept at clients disposal 24 hours a day, always ready to provide individual solutions for company-specific security problems.
The Centre for Science, Society and Citizenship (CSSC) is an independent research centre specializing in advice on political, ethical and social issues raised by emerging technologies. By taking an interdisciplinary approach, CSSC explores social, cultural and ethical implications of emerging technologies in various fields (e.g., homeland security, biometrics and autoID, smart ambient, ubicomp, cloud computer, disaster preparedness, public health, eInclusion). CSSC carries out its work in several ways, including studies, publications, training, and coordination of multicenter research projects. Since 2002 CSSC has participated in 20 EC funded projects (coordinating 7 of them and participating in 14 as a work package leader/partner).
The Greater Stockholm Fire Brigade operates fire and rescue services in 10 municipalities in central Sweden. It has 850 employees, 15 fire stations and 9 rescue corps that serve 1.1 million people.
We actively work to ensure that consideration towards risk is exercised early on in the social structure process and perform fast and effective rescue operations when the individual cannot handle the situation him/herself. Under normal circumstances, the first rescue team shall be on site within 10 minutes at the latest in built-up areas and 20 minutes for other areas that have a permanent road connection.