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SYnergy of integrated Sensors and Technologies for urban sEcured environMent

Project description

Smart solution for hazardous substances detection

Illegal activities associated with the production of illicit drugs or home-made explosives have become a major issue, leading EU political authorities to emphasise the importance of enabling relevant agencies to exploit advanced technologies in their daily fight against crime. The EU-funded SYSTEM project enables knowledge sharing and transfer amongst technology providers, law enforcement agencies and utility network operators, with the aim to create a cost-effective network of sensing devices able to work in real-time to detect and monitor traces left by homemade producers of drugs or explosives. The network will consist of different sensing devices deployed across urban areas in six cities. Detection results will be gathered and fused in remote mode in a customisable data monitoring centre that, along with other tools currently in place, will be used by law enforcement agencies to better and faster locate clandestine laboratories.


The SYSTEM project will design and demonstrate a data fusion system for the continuous monitoring of threats associated to the manufacturing of explosives and to the production and handling of synthetic drugs. Data fused from different mature sensor networks will provide Law Enforcement Agencies with enriched information to assess the potential occurrence of a criminal activity (e.g. to localize the production of improvised explosive devices and/or clandestine synthetic drugs laboratories) in an identified area. Forerunners and basis of SYSTEM are two H2020 IA projects, NOSY and microMole, funded under the call FCT-05-2014.
SYSTEM devices will support the detection of home-made explosives and synthetic drugs manufacturing by detecting intermediates and impurities of the production process and precursors used for their synthesis, identifying abnormal use of chemicals transported/provided within the covered urban areas. Additionally, the prevalence of new psychoactive substances including metabolites in the sewage system will be assessed. Deploying a network of sensing systems, working in different and complementary utilities and environments, SYSTEM will acquire and process data from the sewage wastewater and solid waste networks as well as air emissions from target areas in real-time. Such network will consist of different sensing systems, working in different and complementary utilities and environments, Metal-Oxides (MOXs) sensors, Molecular Imprinted Polymers (MIPs), Liquid Chromatography with Mass Spectrometry and autonomous sampling (online LC/MS), fast Gas-Chromatography with Photoionization Detection (GC-PID) and commercial pH and conductivity sensors combined with passive sampling devices and integrated into SYSTEM through a centralised monitoring centre. The consortium will test and demonstrate functionality of SYSTEM in seven different European cities during three years of activities


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The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Centro (IT) Lazio Roma
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