Threat Detection and Recognition

Courtesy of Arena

Trucks, trains, ships and oil rigs are all potential targets for criminal organizations. Organizations that own, use or transport high value assets recognise the need to protect their goods and employees, especially when they are at their most vulnerable - when in remote or isolated situations, at night and when operating alone. By their very nature, trucks, trains, ships and oil rigs are all potential targets for criminal organisations. Furthermore, monitoring systems, early warning and deterrent technology have not been available to address this need at a remotely affordable cost. As a result, there has been an uneasy acceptance that in certain parts of the world, piracy, hijacking or theft are facts of commercial life. However, a refusal to accept this situation has helped to push this issue to the top of the EU agenda.   Maria Andersson, at FOI, the Swedish Defence Research Agency and Technical Co-ordinator for ARENA explains the challenges in protecting high value assets on both land and at sea.  She describes how the basis for a solution to the problem has been developed through the ARENA (Architecture for Recognition of thrEats to mobile assets using Networks of Affordable sensors) research & development project which is part-funded by the European Commission's FP7 Security Research Program. Dr. Andersson explains how the generic surveillance system that has been developed could provide robust, proactive threat detection and recognition, while being abl....

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