The CONTAIN project final review is being held today in Brussels at the European Organisation for Security (EOS) offices.


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CONTAIN Project Stand at the European Commission Security Research Conference in Genoa


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CONTAIN project : scheduled events (end of 2014 – beginning 2015)

The Contain project has recently scheduled a set of events and milestones for the last part of the demo phase and the conclusion of the project activities foreseen in the work-plan.

Although some details are not jet defined the way forwards to achieve the expected results will pass trough the following calendar:

  • December 9th-11th in Genoa at the Security Research Conference & CPEXPO: presentation of Contain Genoa demo
  • December 10th in Genoa at the Security Research Conference & CPEXPO : Contain stakeholder forum workshop and Advisory Board
  • Week starting January 12th 2015 in Bologna : Bologna demo rehearsal
  • Week starting January 19th 2015 in Valencia: Valencia demo (Monday arrivals, Tuesday rehearsal, Wednesday demo)
  • Week starting February 9th 2015 in Bologna :  Bologna demo (Monday arrivals, Tuesday rehearsal, Wednesday – Thursday demo)
  • End of February (location and exact date TBD) : CONTAIN Demo assessment workshop
  • Week starting March 23rd 2015 in Brussels : Contain final conference (exact date TBD)

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3rd of June 2014 : CONTAIN AB Workshop on Demo Assesment


In the context of the project demonstration phase, on the 3rd of June 2014, the members of the CONTAIN Advisory Board have met in the Bologna Freight Village, nearby the city of Bologna in Italy.


The event grouped together various members of the CONTAIN consortium and experts from Belgian, Danish, Maltese, UK Custom, Greece and UK Border Force, Italian Container’s Terminal Management and Logistic.

The purpose of the workshop is to provide subject matter expert input to the assessment team in order to ensure relevance and accuracy of the assessment. The assessment will focus on the contribution of the demonstrated solutions to the capabilities of the intended operators.


After an introductory session, the workshop has been composed in two phases.

In the first phase the presentation of the three different CONTAIN’s technological demonstrators have been proposed and the participants, have been requested their contributions replying to the basic question: “which ideas, solutions, or combination of solutions, in the presented demonstration would be most relevant to your needs? “.

After the presentation of Mr. Rafael Company (Valencia Port) concerning Containers on Road Trucks (Valencia Demo), the discussion focused on the Empty containers inspection and Information System for Track & Trace.

Following the presentation of Mr. Michele Baldini (Selex ES) concerning the Containers on Train track (Genova Demo), the discussion focused on Container Actual Position, Container Door Integrity and Adjust logistics planning based on Contain platform information system. 

Following the presentation of Mrs. Chiara Lepori (IBI) concerning the demonstration of multiple combined components along the East-West Mediterranean route (Bologna Demo), the discussion focused on internal environment & positioning using CSD (Container Security Device), container integrity (eSeal), Route Validator (EGNOS technology), ConTraffic and its integration in the CONTAIN Platform, Risk assessment using CustAware, a dedicated Custom Decision Support System which is part of the CONTAIN ‘s platform.

In the second phase two groups of experts addressed respectively Valencia and Genova Demos (1st group) and Bologna Demo ( 2nd group), providing their views, evaluations and suggestions, in regards of the involved limitations, requirements, modalities for improvements, economic sustainability of the solution and stakeholders in charge for the solutions’ costs, stakeholders able to deals with the proposed technological solutions, stakeholders who get valuable benefices from the solutions’ use.


The results of the workshop will be used to identify measures to describe the improvements that the demonstrated solutions could provide – for instance higher effectiveness compared to already existing solutions, or completely novel capabilities that contribute in a new way to the stakeholders’ operations.



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30th of May 2014: CONTAIN – EWM Test Demo Week

Within the CONTAIN project, the technological demonstrator EAST WEST MED based in Bologna has a paramount importance. Interporto Bologna is a central hub acting as the backyard of the ports of Ravenna, La Spezia and Leghorn and as an inland terminal and gateway‐system for intermodal services leading to southern ports of Taranto, Bari, and Naples.

Such demonstrator is a leg of the wider HINTERMED Demonstrator, which includes

  • Genoa Port hub, that involves the use electronic seal;
  • EAST WEST MED: La Spezia port – Bologna freight village – Ravenna port Corridor, it is coordinated by IBI and involves shipping and hinterland services.

The EAST WEST MED demonstrator provides the transport corridor and chain element to the HINTERMED Demonstrator and consequently the CONTAIN project. In detail, the EWM provides end-to-end security container management by supporting transport security stakeholders (both business and administrations) with managing container security threats within logistic chains by utilising ‘best of breed’ technology options as part of an integrated approach to the management of Door to Door (D2D) transportation networks.

EWM aims to demonstrate the full functionality of the CONTAIN Strategic Framework, through the integration of existing application with the CONTAIN Platform: EWM foresees then the application of the CONTAIN devices and the feeding of the CONTAIN Platform through them. The CONTAIN platform integrates data coming from the different technologies in order to provide support to the transport security stakeholders by managing the containers security threats dealing with the different EWM Use Cases.

An EWM preliminary test session took place in the period 26th – 30th May 2014 (“EWM Test week”) along the EWM route, using the Container MEDU3278765 and implementing the following Use Cases:

  • internal environment & positioning, using CSD (Container Security Device),
  • container integrity using the eSeal,

route validation through the EGNOS-enabled OBU that relies on GNSS technology positioning.


EWM test week

Figure 1: EWM on-field team during test demo activities at La Spezia Port    

The efforts made during the test week to adapt the demonstrator’s scenario requirement, install the appropriate equipments, test the devices in real conditions and exploit the fine tuning of all logistics aspects finally resulted in:

  • the successful installation of all technologies on the test container;
  • the successful tests based on the Use Cases produced;
  • the satisfactory performance of the integrated CONTAIN solution for the EWM test conditions.


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Selection of Container Security Sensors for Risk Management: a method developed in the CONTAIN project

Antti Permala, Johan Scholliers and Karri Rantasila from VTT have published a paper  on the Contain method for selecting container security sensors.

The paper entitled ” Selection of Container Security Sensors for Risk Management” present the following abstract:

Fast development of security technologies and solutions opens new prospects for supply chain security management, value-added services, and improvement of supply chain visibility and thus performance. The paper discusses the selection of sensors for container security solutions. For the assessment, the method called COAT is used. This method is basically a four stage process including customer dialogue, planning and modelling, analysis and synthesis. The final selection should be made through assessing the complete range of products and processes to be monitored, which may include low-cost solutions for low-value cargo containers and advanced solutions for high value containers, as well as specific assets. The primary solution for real time container monitoring is Container Security Device (CSD) which may comprise a quite different set of sensors, depending on the requirements of the supply chain.

The paper will be presented at the 10th ITS European Congress this June in Helsinki (

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2nd CONTAIN review meeting: A successful review meeting took place in Valencia on the 24th of January 2014

valencia-CONTAIN review meeting

The CONTAIN project is on the right track. The results achieved in all the project components have been presented. One of the project developments, the innovative sensor system prototype focusing on the “empty container detection” aspect, will be applied in the Valencia Port demonstration: a prototype’s test-session in the Valencia Port area has been presented during the meeting.

The reviewer and the project officer appreciated the work done and recommended to foster the participation of relevant authorities in the CONTAIN demonstrations. This way the project’s results will be disseminated to the right people and the project outcome will be more likely to have a stronger impact on container security in EU while facilitating trade.

With the progress done, the consortium is moving forward to the three demonstrations foreseen in the project. After the technical partners detail the lists of technologies and prepare the specific scenarios, the demonstrations are foreseen to take place in Valencia, Genoa and Bologna during the last quarter of 2014 and beginning of 2015 respectively.

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