SecurIT Launches An Open Call For Projects

Luxinnovation supports the European call for innovative SMEs wishing to finance a prototype (Photo © Unsplash)

Dedicated to cyber startups, the European initiative aims to develop new prototypes or demonstrators in security and cybersecurity. The open call will close on 26 April 2022 at 17:00 CET.

SecurIT, a European project which supports the development and integration of innovative security solutions, is launching a European call for projects dedicated to cyber startups.

The selected projects shall develop new prototypes or demonstrators in the field of security and cybersecurity.

Projects of at least 2 SMEs must meet one of the three domains of the challenge: Sensitive infrastructure protection, Disaster resilience; Protection of public spaces

The open call will close on 26 April 2022 at 17:00 CET. The programme will start in September 2022.

The SecurIT consortium comprising seven complementary European security clusters and one private entity will select up to 21 projects per open call.

Luxinnovation supports the European call for innovative SMEs wishing to finance a prototype: ”SecurIT’s ultimate goal is to fill multiple key gaps by supporting the development and integration of innovative security solutions in a new globally competitive industrial (and service) value chain,” explains Gregory Wawszyniak-Dumont, Project Manager at SECURITYMADEIN.LU.

“The project proposes an integrated approach that will increase maturity and support the overall growth of the European security market. These actions will also ensure greater sustainability and increase employment in the security sector, as well as the overall competitiveness of the European market.”

Details on the domains:

Domain #1: sensitive infrastructure protection

Sensitive infrastructure protection pertains to the securing of assets and systems that are essential for the functioning of a society and economy. Examples include the provision of gas and oil, agriculture, and telecommunication.

The security of sensitive infrastructure is a major concern, confirmed by recent events, in the context of social unrest, terrorist threats and even a pandemic. If this type of infrastructure is exposed to external threats, this will have major consequences for society as a whole.

Targeted end-users: for example, end-users of projects around sensitive infrastructure protection include the safety director of vital importance and Seveso classified industrial facilities, airports, hospital infrastructure, and operators (e.g. electricity, gas, telecommunications, etc.)

Solutions: The solutions developed in this domain will have to integrate the following considerations: maintainability, acceptable price, foresight scanning, and interoperability with existing solutions.

Domain #2: Disaster resilience

There is a need for instruments that facilitate improved prevention and preparedness in crises and natural disasters. The development of technologies for first and second responders, and where relevant for citizens, which increase societal resilience is the second focus-area of the SecurIT project.

Innovative technologies can help detect, analyze, treat, and/or prevent major natural events. This domain focuses mainly on climate-related risks and extreme events, geological disasters such as wildfires, earthquakes, tsunamis, and pandemics.

Targeted end-users: for example, first responders, cities and territories, and their governmental structures.

Solutions: The solutions developed in this domain will have to consider citizen involvement, acceptation, and transparency. All solutions will also have to ensure the continuity of operations.

Domain #3: Protection of public spaces

The objective of this domain is to develop innovative tools that create increasingly connected and protected cities in which the population takes on a more active role in serving the community. These solutions should integrate and consider state-of-the-art technologies like in Artificial Intelligence, Cloud computing, and Big Data.

Targeted end-users: for example, cities and territories (security of public roads), and venues open to the public (e.g.: stadiums; concert zone, train stations, etc.).

Solutions: The solutions developed in this domain will have to consider the legal constraints of personal data protection.

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