The PRoTECT project aims to strengthen local authorities’ capabilities in public spaces protection by putting in place an overarching concept where tools, technology, training and field demonstrations will lead to situational awareness and improve direct responses to secure public places before, during and after a terrorist threat.
The project seeks to raise awareness among municipal authorities on security concepts and the need to adapt technology for the protection of public spaces, and to share best practices and lessons learned to efficiently apply technology concepts to protect public spaces.
The project will provide the partner local authorities with tools, technology, training and field demonstrations that will improve situational awareness, i.e. the capacity to assess the level of safety in a given place or situation, as well as the measures taken to strengthen the safety of public places, prevent a terrorist attack and mitigate its consequences, should it occur.
The role of Efus
Efus contributes to PRoTECT by designing training materials for local authorities and law enforcement agencies that are based on the European Commission’s Soft Target Site Assessment tool, which is a set of operational guidelines on assessments on-site concerning the vulnerability of public spaces.
It also helps the project’s five partner cities to conduct a local vulnerability assessment so they can adopt tailor-made technological solutions and best practices to enhance the protection of their local public spaces.
Led by the Dutch Institute for Technology, Safety and Security (DITSS), PRoTECT gathers, apart from Efus, the Lithuanian Centre for Cybersecurity (Lietuvos Kibernetiniu Nusikaltimu Kompetenciju Ir Tyrimu Centras) (LT), the Meleton Asfaleias Centre (GR), the Romanian police Inspectorate (RO), the Spanish Ministry of the Interior (ES), the cities of Brasov (RO), Eindhoven (NL), Lariseon (GR), Málaga (ES), and Vilnius (LT), the Dutch Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO, NL) and the Catholic University of Brabant (NL).
November 2018 – October 2020 (24 months)
This project is in line with the European Commission’s 2017 Action Plan to “provide guidance and support to Member States at national, regional and local level in protecting public spaces,” which states that the EU “can foster the exchange of best practice across borders through targeted funding as well as networks of practitioners and guidance material,” and that it can “involve a wide range of stakeholders both from the local level and the private sector in this work.”
The project is funded by the European Commission’s 2017 Action Plan