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Multi-frequency multi-mode Terahertz screening for border checks

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 312496

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 May 2013

  • End date

    31 October 2017

Funded under:

FP7-SECURITY

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 825 919,32

  • EU contribution

    € 3 489 932

Coordinated by:

I.C.T.S.(U.K.) LIMITED

United Kingdom

Objective

Security checks at borders are required to be increasingly thorough and fast. There are currently two types of technologies available for this application: those that automatically detect objects concealed on a person, and those that rely on human operator analysis and interpretation in order to classify or identify body-borne threats.
The objective of TeraSCREEN is to combine these two capabilities, thus providing automatic detection and classification of body-borne threats for security screening. This will significantly improve both efficiency and security at border checks.
TeraSCREEN aims to develop passive and active operation at several Terahertz frequencies. The resulting multi-frequency, multi-mode images will be processed automatically in real-time to reveal the location of potentially harmful objects concealed on a person. Privacy Enhancing Technologies will be used: the information will be displayed to the operator on a generic computerised silhouette and no anatomical details will be shown or saved. Terahertz radiation is non-ionizing, and reliable studies have shown that active operation in this frequency band is harmless to humans. The automatic recognition of threats, in addition to removing privacy issues, reduces the level of attention required from the operator, which implies a reduction in the personnel necessary for continuous operation.
The TeraSCREEN Prototype System will be demonstrated at a live control point in Bristol International Airport. The feedback from the End-User and Advisory Board members will facilitate, outside this project, the conversion of the prototype into an innovative security screening product that will significantly improve the security and efficiency at, and experience of, border checks.
The consortium consists of 11 partners from academia, research and industry across Europe, who each play complementary roles in the project and are interested in exploiting the results together.

Coordinator

I.C.T.S.(U.K.) LIMITED

Address

Tavistock Square Tavistock House South Block Entrance D
Wc1h 9lg London

United Kingdom

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 387 076,85

Administrative Contact

Naomi Alexander (Dr.)

Participants (11)

UNIVERSIDAD PUBLICA DE NAVARRA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 142 404,20

ANTERAL SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 139 424,67

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FACILITIES COUNCIL

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 250 854,73

TERATECH COMPONENTS LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 86 546,28

RISE ACREO AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 601 226,03

OMMIC SAS

France

EU Contribution

€ 286 662,16

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA TOR VERGATA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 162 005,74

JOHANN WOLFGANG GOETHE-UNIVERSITATFRANKFURT AM MAIN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 362 106,17

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 856 020,20

ALFA IMAGING SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 155 381,07

ALBERT-LUDWIGS-UNIVERSITAET FREIBURG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 60 223,90

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 312496

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 May 2013

  • End date

    31 October 2017

Funded under:

FP7-SECURITY

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 825 919,32

  • EU contribution

    € 3 489 932

Coordinated by:

I.C.T.S.(U.K.) LIMITED

United Kingdom