Counterterrorism, law and order (including crowd-control)


To determine the state of the art of smart surveillance and likely future trends in a key application area – counter-terrorism, law and order (including crowd control)

Description of work

Task 3.1 Identifying and classifying relevant smart surveillance technologies(including MIMSI) in counter-terrorism + law and order applications

WP3 will involve a thorough study of the different smart surveillance technologies currently available to police and security services in counter-terrorism and law and order applications as well as foreseeable future offerings in this area. As in WP2, it combines extensive in-house expertise with desktop research and peer-referral through input from members of the External Advisory Group. A group of experts comprising key technology providers, digital forensic scientists, privacy/IT lawyers and users with police and counter-terrorism expertise will map, describe and classify existing smart surveillance technologies according to their current and likely future applications within the key application area of counter-terrorism and law and order. The research group has already identified the key importance of MIMSI (Massively Integrated Multiple Sensor Inputs) in this area of application and it will study the different technologies on the assumption that present trends for MIMSI approaches to smart surveillance will predominate. It will therefore investigate the current status and the future trends for large scale integration of high definition PTZ/fixed CCTV with multiple sensors capable of detecting, audio, RFID, explosives, radiation, chemical variations with even more converging technologies via secure networks or IP and other forms of communication technologies. In all cases MIMSI will be assumed to incorporate the ability to combine data from both public and privately owned/located CCTV, sensors and databases.

This will constitute a good foundation for the tasks of:

  • Identifying the security advantages, technical features and options for safeguards in this area of application to the extent that they affect’ privacy;
  • Identifying the extent to which smart surveillance technologies in this area may be usefully stand-alone or else susceptible to integration with other areas of application and especially with existing or future repositories of personal data;

Task 3.2 Identifying proportionality issues in smart surveillance technologies in counter-terrorism and law-enforcement applications

  • Identifying the extent to which smart surveillance technologies in this area of application are suitable, appropriate and necessary to achieve those purposes

Task 3.3 Impact Assessment – smart surveillance in counter-terrorism and lawenforcement applications

  • Identifying the extent to which the deployment of smart surveillance technologies in this area of application may affect privacy and data protection;
  • Providing suggestions as to the methods that may be used to
    • o preserve privacy and data integrity while enhancing security; and
    • o assist in the elimination of contractual provision, technical features and operational practices which may prejudice those objectives.