Approved projects in "Cross-sectional-oriented security research"
Another priority of the security research programme is funding for cross-sectional-oriented joint projects, focusing on two areas. The first is multidisciplinary research that applies basic scientific and technological knowledge and develops innovative security solutions based on existing and new technologies. The second is cross-sectional-oriented research on societal aspects of civil security research. This includes issues related to acceptance of specific technology developments, data protection and fundamental questions concerning security culture and architecture. The cross-sectional-oriented security research is currently looking at societal aspects, biometrics and pattern recognition.
It is important that security research activities yield solutions that are ethically responsible as well as being technically feasible. Therefore, throughout the entire research process, examination of social issues is interwoven with work on technological developments. Indeed, it forms an integral part of the individual projects. In addition to topics that play a role in several projects, the research also deals with fundamental questions concerning civil security research in dedicated projects. read more: Approved projects in the field of "Social aspects of civil security research"
Biometric methods are a potential means of improving the reliability of security checks for access to sensitive mobile applications or critical infrastructure sites, such as laboratories that use pathogens in their work. They can also be used in law enforcement to help identify criminals. BMBF funding for biometrics research focuses on ideas that seek to enhance security with the aid of biometrics or to make biometric methods even more reliable. read more: Approved projects in the field of biometrics
The joint projects presented in this section are devoted to the development of innovative techniques for automatic capturing, targeted recognition and processing of data from a variety of sources, such as cameras and sensors. Improving the evaluation of such data can provide security services with a sound basis upon which to assess potential risks earlier and more accurately. The projects focus on preventive solutions, giving particular consideration to data protection requirements and social acceptance of the technologies concerned. read more: Approved projects in the field of "Pattern recognition"
The central focus of the joint projects presented here is to develop innovative safety solutions designed to significantly enhance the performance and improve the protection of emergency and security services personnel. Reliable, safe and compatible technologies and tools are needed for communication and coordination in an emergency. It is also vital that personnel have equipment to protect themselves against warfare agents and harmful substances during operations. The teams working on the development of these high-performance, robust protection systems are placing particular emphasis on user-friendliness and the man-machine interface. read more: Approved projects in the field of "Integrated protection systems for security and emergency services"
The joint projects presented in this section focus on the development of systems for detecting biological or chemical and explosive substances and the ways in which terahertz technology might be used to find weapons and hazardous substances. The research topics range from early detection of biological pathogens and other harmful contaminants (in drinking water supply systems, for instance) to detection of traces of explosives (during airport luggage checks, for example). read more: Approved projects in the "Detection of hazardous substances" field