LCU to address security vulnerability of urban environments

Link Campus University has been awarded a EU-funded project dedicated to create a simulation, training, and exercise platform to protect crowded public spaces (STEPWISE).

The STEPWISE project is funded by Horizon2020 program as part of the EU collective effort to prevent terrorism. The Link Campus University’s Research Department is assigned to create a simulation, training, and exercise platform addressing security vulnerability of urban environments. The partner institutions to work on the realisation of the projects are: DIGINEXT (France), CRISIPLAN (the Netherlands), EOS (Brussels), the French Ministry of Interior, Belgium’s Police Special Management Unit, the National Police Forces (the Netherlands), KEMEA (Greece).

STEPWISE intends to bring innovative security design without claiming the public space and bothering or frightening populations: it’s immersive approach is designed to help police experts to work on simulated situations with private security officers, fire crews, urban planners, public space operators, city managers, etc. to assess the vulnerability of public spaces and jointly develop and evaluate strategies to improve both their security and resilience without having to descend upon each of them.

The STEPWISE innovative platform represents an evolution of the earlier EU-funded project VASCO – Virtual Studio for Security Concepts, flaged by the EU Commission as a success story. French DIGINEXT participated in the research and development of the project back then. The buildup approach includes integration to the VASCO platform the latest models and simulation scenarios.