The H2020 NOTIONES project aims at establishing a network of academia, industry, security and intelligence practitioners to monitor technological opportunities and contribute to the definition of further security and intelligence research. Learn more about NOTIONES project here.


Semi-autonomous border surveillance platform combining next generation unmanned aerial vehicles with ultra-high-resolution multi-sensor surveillance payload.

The project will combine for the first time an airship (multi-role lighter-than-air unmanned aerial vehicle) with an ultra-high-resolution multi-sensor surveillance payload supporting border surveillance, as well as search & rescue applications, in border areas with difficult terrain.

The technology concepts will be validated in the field by 6 border police units (Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova, Ukraine, Belarus) covering 3 major illegal migration routes into Europe (Eastern Mediterranean, Western Balkan and Eastern Borders Routes).

The project will also involve the contribution of NGOs working with illegal migration and human right protection issues, as well as regulatory experts dealing with the ethics and privacy requirements of border surveillance solutions. The list of Beneficiaries includes agencies from 12 countries (Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Malta, Moldova, Romania, Serbia, Spain, Ukraine).

Learn more about BORDER UAS project here.

DrugDetect Project

Drug Detect is an Innovation Procurement project and has been co-funded by the COSME programme of the European Union.

This project aims to procure an innovative solution for the automatic detection of a large range of drugs in correctional institutions and prisons, that is available 24/7, does not cause delays in internal processes, does not require minimal human intervention, and is GDPR compliant.

Drug Detect aims to contribute to the development of innovative solutions for drug detection, through a cooperative public procurement. Learn more about Drug Detect Project here.

NESTOR Project

NESTOR aims to demonstrate a fully functional next-generation holistic border surveillance system providing pre-frontier situational awareness beyond maritime and land borders following the concept of the European Integrated Border Management.

Learn more about NESTOR project here.


 The EU-funded METICOS project aims to create an up-to-date acceptance classification scheme as well as a societal and ethical impact dashboard of border control technologies, to empower three major sub-divisions of the wider border control sector: travelers, border control authorities and service providers.

METICOS will focus on established models and theories, such as the Technology Acceptance Model (TAM), the Unified Theory of Acceptance and Use of Technology (UTAUT) and Innovation Diffusion Theory. In addition, performance and credibility expectations of smart border technologies from travelers, border management and law enforcement agencies will be explored in detail. As such, METICOS aims to create a holistic solution to address challenges for border management, both as regards societal acceptance and efficiency.

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The ODYSSEUS European project aims to enhance the experience of border crossing for travelers and border authorities’ staff while keeping secure and tracking the movements across external water and land borders of the EU. This initiative aims to protect passengers’ fundamental rights while promoting the security and integrity of the European space by minimizing unauthorized cross-border movements of people and goods.

ODYSSEUS also intends to optimize the safety of customs and supply chain by improving the prevention, detection, deterrence, and fight against crime involving goods flows across EU external border crossing points and through the supply chain, reducing disruption to trade flows.

Learn more about ODYSSEUS project here

FLEXIcross Project

FLEXIcross (Flexible and Improved Border-Crossing Experience for Passengers and Authorities) project targets the deployment and continuous validation of a toolkit of innovative border checking solutions in real operational environments.

These solutions will deliver increased security and reliability of border checks for people and goods which can be enabled by innovative technologies, aiming at enhancing and improving the border management capabilities.

Learn more about FLEXI-cross here

HE-FARM Project

In spite of the vast number of pathogens and diseases, the entry points for microorganisms into a farm or any other Farm to Fork facility are limited to just nine “transmission channels” or “transport routes.” Tracing or monitoring the transport of individual or a few microorganisms through a specific channel can yield valuable information about that channel and thus, on the effectiveness of transport of the entire group of microorganisms using that channel.

HE-FARM aims to develop and validate a methodology, based on experimental assays and tests in both laboratory and operational environments, to assess and predict biosecurity at the transport-channel level, while also advancing several disruptive novel technologies.

Learn more about HE-FARM project here


Fighting terrorism requires an arsenal of tools. One of these is knowledge about explosive precursors – chemical substances that can be used for legitimate purposes, but can also be misused for the illicit manufacture of home-made explosives.

In this context, the EU-funded ODYSSEUS project will develop effective and efficient prognostic, detection and forensic tools to improve prevention, countering and investigation of terrorist incidents involving home-made explosives. The knowledge will help in the development of tools for monitoring the chemical supply chain and sensing in (near) real-time explosive precursors. The tools will be field-tested in three operational use cases. 

 Learn more about ODYSSEUS here


STBERNARD PROJECT aims to mature the emerging technologies on fast aerosol & vapour sensors and fast and massive decontamination safe technologies and develop operational procedures for detection, protection, decontamination and assessment itself, and will measure their effectiveness in experimental tests and practical demonstrations in operational environment.

Learn more about STBERNARD here


BAG – INTEL Project

With the substantial growth of the volume of air travelers and limited human resources available, the border and customs authorities at inland border airports see the need for new tools, which will increase the effectiveness and efficiency of baggage customs controls without the need to increase the total number of human recourses involved in the process.

BAG-INTEL is a Horizon Europe project established to address this challenge. Over the course of the project, our international consortium will bring together all their expertise to develop robust AI-based information utilisation and decision-making support tools that will help the border and customs authorities at inland border airports in performing their duties.

Learn more about BAG-INTEL here


The terrorism timeline consists of multiple stages. Each stage possesses vulnerabilities that can be used to disrupt a planned attack. Due to the large diversity in precursors, there is no universal approach yet that can be taken to keep a terrorist from using them to make explosives.

INHERIT proposes to develop a multi-disciplined approach to intervene across multiple stages of the terrorism timeline. INHERIT has assembled a multi-faceted team with experience of all aspects of four important steps in this timeline. 

With a focus on explosive precursor chemicals, the team will work to develop technologies directed towards thwarting the ability of terrorists to exploit these materials for production of explosives. Methodologies to render chemicals inert, more readily detectable and capable of yielding greater forensic value will all be pursued. Collaboration between the diverse teams developing these interventions will ensure a coordinated holistic approach across all threat materials identified. 

Learn more about INHERIT project here.

METEOR Project

METEOR aims to revolutionize cargo screening with innovative and efficient technology capable of delivering fast, reliable, and economical container inspections, to provide customs authorities with an effective screening solution to detect various threats and combat illicit goods trafficking, particularly illicit drugs.

METEOR utilizes vapour-based technology, achieved by collecting a sample of air representative of the container’s interior and subsequently analyzing its chemical content. It is non-destructive, can be designed to be minimally intrusive and safer for the screener, and has the potential for complete automation, eliminating the need for human interpretation. This technology aims to enhance the efficiency of current screening methods, enabling customs agencies to inspect more containers, contributing to increased border security, and ultimately, safeguarding citizens and infrastructure.

Learn more about  METEOR project here.


TENACITy aims to enhance travel intelligence for fighting crime and terrorism in the European Union. Its vision was born as a Travel Intelligence Governance Framework that will incorporate a holistic approach to crime prevention, strengthening the intelligence, the analytic capacity and the decision-making of the security authorities. More specifically, this vision in fighting serious crimes and reinforcing the position and the cooperation of authorities will be achieved through modern and effective tools for exploitation of travel intelligence data, and through training and sensitization of law enforcement personnel.

The project’s science & objectives include:

  • Cooperation and trust building among authorities
  • Open architecture and a novel suite of digital tools
  • Advanced education for practitioners
  • Support of policy makers
  • Increased trust across civil actors and citizens
  • Validation of tools, evaluation of processes and frameworks
  • Exploiting results, designing services and business models

Learn more about Tenacity here.