Research for port security and safer container transport

Between the 6th and 8th of May FOI led a demonstration in Gothenburg harbour, of technology that will enhance that will enhance the security of the world’s ports. The demonstration was the finale of a four-year research project within the EU-funded project SUPPORT.

– SUPPORT aims to develop technologies and business practices to the European ports to increase their security against terrorism and organized crime. The target audience for this is the port authorities, terminal operators and security managers. The project is coordinated by the British company BMT. There are some 20 organizations that work together in this project and a total prohject budget of about 15 M €, which includes 10 M € from the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), says Sören Jägerhök, Senior Engineer at FOI.

Sören Jägerhök leads FOI:s work on the project SUPPORT. Photo: Andreas Persson 

-SUPPORT started in July 2010 and ends at the end of June this year. Another demonstration of the project is scheduled in Lisabon and all that remains is basically the final report. It is a stimulation challange to get differnt oragnizations to work toghether. Thanks to the positive attitude of all project participants, it has gone very well.
llustration: Per Morén (FoI)

The project CONTAIN aims to develop technology for enhancing the security of the extremely successful concept: transport of goods by container.

– The project started in October 2011 and the goal is to create tools so that for example customs can monitor cargo through the world and to create risk assessment system that controls and inspections may be carried out where they are most needed. The target group for this project is primarily the customs but also commercial entities and other public institutions within the supply chain.

– Just like the SUPPORT project, CONTAIN is EU-funded  and has around 20 partners, including some from SUPPORT. In CONTAIN however, FOI is the coordinator for the entire operation. The project ends in late April next year.

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Strategic recruitment – Johan Bergenäs

On the 1th of may 2014 Linköping university welcomed John Bergenäs to Security Link as an expert and strategic advisor. He will manage the operational part of the pilot project Ngulia, coordinating international organizations, Kenyan authorities and Swedish parties. He will also be an asset for security political issues and internationalization aspects on the emerging markets in the development countries.

Johan Bergenäs is currently Deputy Director of the Managing Across Boundaries Initiative at the Stimson Center, Washington DC. Bergenas is an authority on transnational challenges, specifically the nexus between security and development, illicit networks, security capacity building, development, terrorism and private sector engagement.

Prior to joining Stimson, Bergenäs worked for the Monterey Institute of International Studies and for Oxfam America. Bergenäs has also been a reporter and a freelance journalist for numerous U.S. and European-based publications. Bergenäs has authored numerous monographs, reports, and research papers and has published in such outlets as the New York Times, Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Politico, and the Guardian. He holds an honors M.A. degree from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and an honors B.A. degree from the University of Iowa.

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