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The SAFE-CITIES project will improve the safety of public spaces in Europe

Ensuring safety in public spaces is one of the priorities of the European Union. Acting in this respect, the SAFE-CITIES project team will create an interactive platform for representatives of security services. 

During the meeting in the beautiful Italian city of Genoa, our representatives strengthened relations with the consortium. They discussed the most important issues of the upcoming work on this innovative method. 

SAFE-CITIES Kick-off meeting
The SAFE-CITIES kick off meeting was held on December 13-14, 2022 in Genoa, Italy.

Many cities in Europe struggle with keeping public spaces safe. However, procedures and available tools are still not sufficient enough to ensure it. This is a challenge for the entire sector dealing with public security. The future platform will bring together tools in the field of public space security in one place and will enable training on this topic.   

This software will collect and share scenarios of potential emergency situations and tools to facilitate incident management. Thanks to this, it will be easier for practitioners to deal fast and effectively with a crisis. Preventing and fighting fires in buildings, as well as dealing with the dispersion of chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear substances will be presented on the platform also.  

As part of the project, a safety and security management system (T4S) will be created for the needs of Crisis Management Centers and the Police. Its main task will be to support crowd safety management. The outputs of the attack that took place during the concert of the singer Ariana Grande shows well that such systems are a necessity. T4S will improve preparedness and support decision-making during emergencies requiring partial or complete evacuation of a large facility such as a stadium or arena. 

It must be noted that the platform is a response to the needs reported by the services responsible for security. Partners with experience in the development of this type of technology will work together to build this software. Members of the consortium already had the opportunity to cooperate with the services as part of other initiatives financed by the European Union. 

Our influence on the protection of public place 

The Polish Platform for Homeland Security participates in similar projects. These include PREVENT PCP and APPRAISE projects. The first one focuses on augmenting the security in public transport and public areas in the vicinity through innovative procurement of technology solutions that will allow timely automatic detection of potentially dangerous unattended items, identification and tracking of perpetrators, and advanced crisis management system. 

In turn, the APPRAISE project aims to ensure public spaces safety while preserving the freedom of citizens. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with these projects on our website.  

We believe that our experience gained during similar activities will be a great support for the SAFE-CITIES project. Its consortium consists of eighteen partners from ten European countries, and the planned duration of activities is 26 months. Don’t miss the news related to this project and check our social media.