The 2019 Security Research Event (SRE 2019), organized by the European Commission and the Ministry of the Interior in Helsinki (Finland), awarded the “Best Booth 2019” to Mesmerise.
What is the Security Research Event?
The SRE is the annual meeting where the security industry, governments and knowledge organizations come together to speak about the state of play and current challenges for security research in Europe.
The last 6th and 7th of November at the Helsinki Congress Paasitorni, was held one of the events more important of security in Europe, the Security Research Event, where the impact of research and innovation activities in the security sector was highlighted and demonstrated.
During the two days that the event lasted, the principal theme was «Building bridges: reinforcing synergies between security research and other funding instruments». Other six thematic panels took center stage of the debate as terrorist content online, border security, artificial intelligence, disaster management, hybrid threats and immediate procurement.
This year it was organized by the European Commission and the Ministry of the Interior in Finland as a side event of Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
An important point of this edition of SRE is that it coincided with the beginning of the new Commission and the final preparation phase of the new Framework Programme for Research and Innovation: Horizon Europe.
What could be seen in SRE 2019?
In this edition of the Security Research Event more than 400 participants gathered in the capital of Finland to represent a broad spectrum of security stakeholders: industry representatives, researchers, public security suppliers, fire departments, police bodies, border guards, customs or intelligence agencies.
In SRE 2019, fifteen projects funded by EU H2020 – including MESMERISE – were exhibited. This was an important part of the event, because it focused on the need to promote security research to keep up to date in a rapidly changing environment and address the threats posed by new technological trends such as Artificial Intelligence.
The researchers displayed their inventive and ingenious results in exciting ways, for visitors to discover products and services derived from European financing schemes such as the EU Research and Innovation Framework Program (Horizon 2020), the Internal Security Fund (ISF), Finnish Government joint analysis, assessment and research activities funding (VN TEAS) and NordForsk Societal Security funding.
Mesmerise Booth was the most voted among the fifteen exhibited projects. In the closing plenary, professor Perez-Diaz of Universidad de Alcala and Javier Corella of San Jorge Tecnologicas received this recognition from Andrea de Candido, member of the Directorate General for Migration and Home Affairs of the European Commission, and Ilkka Salmi, permanent Secretary of the Ministry of the Interior, Finland.
Mesmerise Best Booth 2019 – Future of scanning security
A team of 13 partners from 7 countries coordinated by Universidad de Alcala (UAH) developed two complementary technologies X-MESMERISE and Z-MESMERISE, for detection of smuggled items both internally and externally to a person.
Visitors were able to discover both technologies. X-MESMERISE based on multispectral low-dose X-ray transmission and Artificial Intelligence recognition is able to detect, for instance, a single drug ball in the digestive tract. Z-MESMERISE, based on infrasonic interrogation is able to detect explosives, drugs or weapons under the clothes. A main goal is to improve privacy, convenience, sensitivity, and reliability posing no risk for users. A feature that visitors liked and highlighted.
Jose Luis Perez-Diaz, project coordinator thanked the attendees as well as the organizers and highlighted the role of all participants in MESMERISE and particularly that of its officer Paolo Salieri recently retired. “The key of popularity of MESMERISE is that it will make security controls more respectful and convenient for passengers and safer for all users.”