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Seeking customs, ID and law enforcement organisations to join bid for Horizon 2020 SU-BES02 Border & External Security for 'walk through' airport process




A UK company & researcher seek consortium partners to apply for H2020 funding to develop a comprehensive, new digital re-engineering paradigm for airline passengers and operational stakeholders, enabling genuine Terminal ‘walk-through' capability. Seeking national customs organisations, national identity organisations (working with ID verification issues) and EU Law enforcement organisations to join the advisory board as part of this bid, via research cooperation agreement.


Most of the world's hub airports i.e. those processing more than 40 million passengers per annum currently face passenger growth levels that likely require continuous physical expansionist development as passenger numbers continue to trend inexorably upward. Inherent at airports, passenger terminals in particular, are increasing constraints on finding suitable locations, adjacent to runway infrastructure, able to provide new infrastructure for increased passenger handling.

The act of processing constantly increasing numbers of passengers - outbound, inbound and transit - requires new, fast and detailed development of integrated and co-operational activity to deliver operational outcomes that genuinely enable majority of airline customers to walk-through from kerb-side to aircraft seat.

Research must include scalability and undertake iterative testing from early proof of concept through to real world testing in conjunction with selected hub airport(s) and operational stakeholders and a demographic spread of ‘passengers'.

A UK researcher and company have developed a new, operationally feasible process to achieve this, based upon an existing and viable concept and enabled through detailed development of disruptive and other developing technologies e.g. blockchain DLT (digital ledger technology) and AI (artificial intelligence).

The system is able to meet the challenges that require appropriate solutions across a mix of secure process activities. And vitally, for all operational stakeholders and equipment vendors, embrace this activity working with concepts and technological expertise, taking ownership as matters reach testing and delivery.

The UK researcher has now finalised the technical and research partners in the consortium, but are additionally seeking national identity organisations (working with ID verification issues), national customs organisations and EU Law enforcement organisations to join the advisory board as part of this bid, via research cooperation agreement.

Deadline for the call: 27 August 2020
Deadline for expressions of interest in this profile: 15 August 2020

Partner expertise sought:

- Specific area of activity of the partner: Type: EU and/or national organisations

Activity: Customs, ID and law enforcement

Specific role of partners sought: To join the advisory board as part of this bid and offer ongoing support and direction to the project.

Advantages & innovations:

The consortium will develop a fully functioning 'kerb-side to aircraft seat' walk through system enabling paradigm improvements in passenger experiences, and key operational outcomes in terms of hand, hold baggage and personal security, identity verification, significant OPex (operating expense) and economic benefits, speed of passenger digital processing e.g. significant increase in numbers of secure & verified passengers per hour - replacing time consuming physical activity and wasted dwell time across the current spectrum of interactive processing.


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Programme - Call:

Evaluation scheme: Single-stage

Acronym: BRITES


Deadline: 27/08/2020

Coordinator required: No

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Information Processing & Systems \ Communications & Networking \ Transport & Logistics \ Aeronautics and Space \ Software \ Finance, Business & Professional Services \ TechUK Single Mapping, August 2014
ELECTRONICS, IT AND TELECOMMS / Information Processing & Systems, Workflow / Computer Software / ELECTRONICS, IT AND TELECOMMS / Information Processing & Systems, Workflow / Information Technology/Informatics / ELECTRONICS, IT AND TELECOMMS / Information Processing & Systems, Workflow / Internet Technologies/Communication (Wireless, Bluetooth) / ELECTRONICS, IT AND TELECOMMS / Information Processing & Systems, Workflow / Environmental and Biometrics Sensors, Actuators / INDUSTRIAL MANUFACTURING, MATERIAL AND TRANSPORT / Traffic, mobility / System and transportation
Other information service activities n.e.c. / Other professional, scientific and technical activities n.e.c.
COMMUNICATIONS / Data Communications / Data communication components / COMPUTER RELATED / Computer Software / Systems software / OTHER / Transportation / Airlines / OTHER / Transportation / Airfield and other transportation services


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