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FOREnsic evidence gathering autonomous seNSOR

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.
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Coordinator

ETHNIKO KENTRO EREVNAS KAI TECHNOLOGIKIS ANAPTYXIS

Address

Charilaou Thermi Road 6 Km
57001 Thermi Thessaloniki

Greece

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 626 125

Participants (10)

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JCP-CONNECT

France

EU Contribution

€ 420 500

STMICROELECTRONICS SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 536 900

FONDAZIONE BRUNO KESSLER

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 709 500

EMZA VISUAL SENSE LTD

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 355 225

SYNELIXIS LYSEIS PLIROFORIKIS AUTOMATISMOU & TILEPIKOINONION ANONIMI ETAIRIA

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 273 000

VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT BRUSSEL

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 297 687,50

ALMAVIVA - THE ITALIAN INNOVATION COMPANY SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 331 216,25

VISIONWARE-SISTEMAS DE INFORMACAO SA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 169 830

AYUNTAMIENTO DE VALENCIA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 220 812,50

Ministério da Justiça

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 102 750

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 653355

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 September 2015

  • End date

    28 February 2019

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.7.

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 937 833,94

  • EU contribution

    € 4 043 546,25

Coordinated by:

ETHNIKO KENTRO EREVNAS KAI TECHNOLOGIKIS ANAPTYXIS

Greece

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