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FOREnsic evidence gathering autonomous seNSOR

Objective

Covert evidence gathering has not seen major changes in decades. Law enforcement Agencies (LEAs) are still using conventional, manpower based techniques to gather forensic evidence. Concealed surveillance devices can provide irrefutable evidences, but current video surveillance systems are usually bulky and complicated, are often used as simple video recorders, and require complex, expensive infrastructure to supply power, bandwidth, storage and illumination.
Recent years have seen significant advances in the surveillance industry, but these were rarely targeted to forensic applications. The imaging community is fixated on cameras for mobile phones, where the figures of merit are resolution, image quality, and low profile. A mobile phone with its camera on would consume its battery in under two hours. Industrial surveillance cameras are even more power hungry, while intelligent algorithms such as face detection often require extremely high processing power, such as backend server farms, and are not available in conventional surveillance systems.

Here we propose to develop and validate a novel, ultra-low-power, intelligent, miniaturised, low-cost, wireless, autonomous sensor (“FORENSOR”) for evidence gathering. Its ultra-sensitive camera and built-in intelligence will allow it to operate at remote locations, automatically identify pre-defined criminal events, and alert LEAs in real time while providing and storing the relevant video, location and timing evidence. FORENSOR will be able to operate for up to two months with no additional infrastructure. It will be manageable remotely, preserve the availability and the integrity of the collected evidence, and comply with all legal and ethical standards, in particular those related to privacy and personal data protection. The combination of built-in intelligence with ultra-low power consumption could help LEAs take the next step in fighting severe crimes.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/law/law enforcement agencies
  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/information engineering/telecommunications/mobile phone
  • /social sciences/law
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/computer security/data protection

Call for proposal

H2020-FCT-2014
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Funding Scheme

IA - Innovation action

Coordinator

ETHNIKO KENTRO EREVNAS KAI TECHNOLOGIKIS ANAPTYXIS
Address
Charilaou Thermi Road 6 Km
57001 Thermi Thessaloniki
Greece
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 626 125

Participants (10)

JCP-CONNECT
France
EU contribution
€ 420 500
Address
Mail De Bourgchevreuil 9
35510 Cesson Sevigne
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
STMICROELECTRONICS SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 536 900
Address
Via C.olivetti 2
20864 Agrate Brianza
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FONDAZIONE BRUNO KESSLER
Italy
EU contribution
€ 709 500
Address
Via Santa Croce 77
38122 Trento
Activity type
Research Organisations
EMZA VISUAL SENSE LTD
Israel
EU contribution
€ 355 225
Address
Hayozma St 3 Rd
44422 Kafar Saba
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SYNELIXIS LYSEIS PLIROFORIKIS AUTOMATISMOU & TILEPIKOINONION ANONIMI ETAIRIA
Greece
EU contribution
€ 273 000
Address
Farmakidou 10
34100 Chalkida
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT BRUSSEL
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 297 687,50
Address
Pleinlaan 2
1050 Brussel
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ALMAVIVA - THE ITALIAN INNOVATION COMPANY SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 331 216,25
Address
Via Di Casal Boccone 188-190
00137 Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
VISIONWARE-SISTEMAS DE INFORMACAO SA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 169 830
Address
Rua Da Lionesa 446 - Centro Empresarial Da Lionesa
4465 671 Porto Leca Do Balio
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AYUNTAMIENTO DE VALENCIA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 220 812,50
Address
Plaza Ayuntamiento 1
46002 Valencia
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Ministério da Justiça
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 102 750
Address
Praça Do Comércio S/n
1149-019 Lisboa
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)