H2020 : Security for smart and safe cities, including for public spaces

Threats against crowded areas and disruptions in the operation of our countries’ infrastructure may limit the liberties of our citizens and put at risk the functioning of our societies and their economies. The security and resilience of Europe critical infrastructure needs to be ensured because disruptions in their operations may entail the collapse of large sectors of our activities.

Type of Action: Innovation action

Opening date: 14 March 2019

Deadline: 22 August 2019 17:00:00 Brussels time

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of about EUR 8 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately.


Specific Challenge

The generation, processing and sharing of large quantities of data in smart cities make urban systems and services potentially more responsive, and able to act upon real-time data. On the one hand, smart cities provide for improving the security of open and crowded areas against threats and risks. On the other hand, the distinct smart technological and communication environments within a smart city require a common cybersecurity management approach.



The security and good operation of a smart and safe city relies on interconnected, complex and interdependent networks and systems. Such networks provide with an efficient infrastructure for detection resources and “big data” collection. crowd protection and the security of public and government buildings can be improved through the identification of threats or of crime perpetrators, and the early detection of dangerous devices or products.

The proposed pilots should consider how to combine:

  • Methods to detect weapons, explosives, toxic substances
  • Systems for video surveillance
  • Methods to identify, and neutralize crime perpetrators whilst minimizing intrusion into crowded areas

Digital security awareness should be integrated into the eco-system of humans, competences, services and solutions which should be able to adapt rapidly to the evolutions of cyber-threats or even to surpass them.


Expected Impact 

  • Creation of dedicated, harmonised, advance cybersecurity solutions for smart cities adopting common approaches with all involved stakeholders balancing their goals.
  • In situ demonstrations of efficient and cost-effective solutions to the largest audience.
  • An easier level of integration by developing a holistic cyber-security framework for smart cities that benefits all smart infrastructures hosted within it.
  • IoT ecosystems built adopting common approaches in their cybersecurity management, achieving economies of scale.
  • Novel concepts of operations taking account of mutiple, heterogeneous data sources and the social media.
  • Novel tools and systemic approaches to protect citizens against threats to soft targets in a Smart City.

Source: H2020 Work Programme


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