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Final Report Summary - STRAW (Security technology active watch)

'Security technology active watch' (STRAW) is a CSA project funded under the Security Research theme (FP7-SEC-2007-7.0-01 'Technology watch') that aims at providing a European service of technology watch on security technologies.

The STRAW objective is to enhance the European civil security by facilitating the cooperation among the different security stakeholders: researchers, technology providers and end-users, including administration. This mission is accomplished by monitoring the security domain in order to detect relevant and applicable security technology developments, knowledge, experience and stakeholders and to deliver this information to the right audience at the right time to take advantage of this information.

In addition, the concept of STRAW tries to bring together the defence and security research industry in order to foster the development of new applications and the creation of future opportunities of cooperation.

As specific objectives to achieve this global aim, STRAW outcomes include:

- The development of an online IT system serving for repository and interface for managing information on security, so that security stakeholders could take advantage of the relevant technologies and trends.
- The establishment of a network of contact points and the promotion the networking activities aiming at reinforcing the European security community and enhance transnational cooperation.
- The constitution of a panel of experts to monitor the implementation.

STRAW is a 10-partner project coordinated by Atos Origin. The consortium incorporates research and industrial partners, having access to both the defence and the civilian security sectors, and representing relevant end users. The consortium is also supported by a panel of experts consisting of 23 members with different background and nationalities.

STRAW lasted 20 months (from October 2008 to May 2010) and its activity was structured according to 6 activities:

- WP1- information collection, which defined the scope and provided the backbone of the entire project. In particular, this task accomplished two information gathering campaigns involving key security stakeholders, as well as an academic literature review.
- WP2 - processing, a back-office task dealing with the information collected in WP1.
- WP3 - packaging, dealing with the segmentation of information.
- WP4 - delivery, including dissemination actions aiming at promoting participation in the technology watch, such as the two workshops held in Rome (23 June 2009) and Madrid (9 March 2010).
- WP5 - panel constitution and operation, related to the panel of experts' contribution to the project.
- WP6 - project management.

The result of these activities is a proof of concept of an active technology tool to monitor what is relevant in the security domain in terms of knowledge, experience and stakeholders, and to deliver this information to the right audience at the right time. This is supported by a technology watch portal, a semantic search engine and an own wiki (STRAWiki) that are available online for registered members at the project webpage: This tool not only eases the information exchange, but also promotes the involvement of the different security communities. In fact it is the security community(s) which can make this solution active by taking up the STRAW results.

Aside from the technology watch tool, a report on recommendations and future priorities (D5.3) was produced as result from the technology watch activity itself. This report and all public deliverables produced within the project are available at the project website.

Despite the end of the project, the sustainability plan presented in D3.3 lays the foundations for further activities, including a possible follow-up by any interested security community. As specific sustainability achievement, Atos Origin and the company ESD partners signed an agreement on the exploitation of the STRAW platform.