SAFE-CITIES – Risk-Based Approach for the Protection of Public Spaces in European Cities

Coordinator:

  • STAM SRL (Italy).

Partners:

  • IANUS Consulting Ltd (Cyprus),
  • University of Bologna (Italy),
  • D-Visor B.V. (Netherlands),
  • National Centre For Scientific Research Demokritos (Greece),
  • Polish Platform for Homeland Security (Poland),
  • Telesto IoT Solutions Ltd. (United Kingdom),
  • Institute of International Sociology of Gorizia (Italy),
  • Confederation of European Security Services (Belgium),
  • Municipality of Gorizia (Italy),
  • Poliisihallitus (Finland),
  • Stadsregio Parkstad Limburg (Netherlands),
  • Municipality of Nova Gorica (Slovenia),
  • Foundation for Urban Innovation (Italy),
  • Red Cross Gorizia (Italy),
  • Ministry of the Interior (Cyprus),
  • Provincial Police Headquarters in Gdansk (Poland),
  • Ministry of the Interior (Slovenia).

Project description:

The SAFE-CITIES project aims to help protect public spaces by providing a security and vulnerability assessment framework supported by an interactive platform. This platform will enable the simulation of complex scenarios, taking into account the behavior of the crowd and various types of attacks in any space in a realistic 3D virtual environment, allowing for comprehensive and dynamic risk and vulnerability assessments of the tested locations. The project is based on full participation and cooperation of public and private entities, including citizens, in developing a strategy to ensure the safety of public space while maintaining its open character.

SAFE-CITIES is based on the assessment and use of already existing technologies as well as their development in the context of changing forms of threats, drawing on the experience of practitioners dealing with public spaces protection in European countries, and as a result providing a tool that will facilitate risk assessment and ways to prevent its increase through the application of, among other things, appropriate urban solutions.

Among the main goals of the project are the following:

  1. Establishing a fully operational and easy-to-implement security assessment scheme based on vulnerability analysis in open and semi-open spaces.
  2. Citizens and social organization participation in the security process to ensure a balance between openness and security.
  3. Adapting and integrating innovative and user-friendly tools for testing and refining existing security plans, as well as implementing optimal prevention and response.
  4. Open and transparent communication and promotion of SAFE-CITIES applications and results.

Project financed by the European Commission