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Subject:DARLENE project against crime and terrorism kicks off!

On September 21 and 22, 2020, the DARLENE project ‘Deep AR Law Enforcement Ecosystem’ held its online kick-off meeting. This new Research & Innovation Action, funded by the European Commission’s programme HORIZON 2020, is coordinated by Dr Dimitrios Tzovaras representing CERTH, Centre for Research & Technology Hellas, one of the leading research centres in Greece with important scientific and technological achievements.


Ms Elena Tsangaridi and Mr. Philippos Phillippou, R&D Project Managers, represented eBOS Technologies at the meeting which brought together 15 partners from 10 European countries. The project consortium is formed by a well-balanced group of research organizations, industrial players, SMEs and end-users active in the project and who will be actively involved in the user evaluation and validation activities. 


The kick-off meeting was the opportunity to introduce the project partners involved and confirm their operational capacities, knowledge, and experience. The discussion mainly focused on partners’ introductions, general management issues, on presenting each WPs and tasks from each partner and on project procedural framework. It was also attended by the Project Officer Mr Marc Carton who talked about European Commission’s expectations from DARLENE project.

At the core of its concept, DARLENE is envisioned as an Augmented Reality (AR) system for Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs), consisting of a variety of technological components, which aim to enhance human physical and mental processing capacity to increase Situational Awareness (SA) and aid in tough decision-making under various loads of stress. DARLENE will offer European LEAs a proactive security solution, which will provide detection and recognition, combining cutting edge technology and public security in all security verticals. The project will last 3 years and will conclude in August 2023.

 

The fundamental components of DARLENE consist of:

  • a wearable micro-computer Module and 
  • a head-mounted display (HMD) unit embedded with tracking and sensing hardware, capable of running virtual 3D rendering applications in real time.

This basic system will further be enriched with wireless and mobile hotspot transceivers, which will enable the CPU module compartment to act as a 5G access point.

DARLENE will also apply these technologies to address two representative law enforcement use cases. In particular, it will:

  1. facilitate a rapid visual scene analysis for anomaly detection at Larnaca International Airport. 
  2. validate and demonstrate tactical neutralisation of human adversaries in the presence of friendlies at “Markopoulos Training Facility” in Athens, Greece currently used for training purposes by LEAs and Emergency responders. 


eBOS’ role in the project is to:

  • lead the Dissemination and Communication Work Package and related activities, such as dissemination planning and implementation, market analysis and sustainable business models, the exploitation strategy and impact assurance;
  • design, develop and maintain the DARLENE website and social media presence;
  • contribute to the elicitation of the requirements, the platform architectural specifications and the definition of the use cases to be validated;
  • support with the setup and maintenance of the NFV infrastructure, management and orchestration and the deployment of the DARLENE 5G RAN testbed at Larnaca international airport;
  • participate in the execution of the use cases, supporting KEMEA and the end users.

 

Updates and news will be frequently posted on the project’s website during the course of the project. Until the official website launch, the project’s factsheet is available at CORDIS.  

This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme under Grant Agreement No 883297.