Contain consortium is preparing demonstrations: HINTERMED demonstrator (Task 5.2)

T5.2 is concerned with organising and implementing a full demonstration of CONTAIN outputs in the HINTERMED Demonstrator, which has two legs:

  • 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 IPBO and involves shipping and hinterland services.

The Genoa demo will monitor the container traffic between Voltri Terminal (VTE) and Rivalta Terminal (RTE), where containers are moved between the two Terminals using train shuttles or trucks.

The components that will be used in the demo are:

  • A subsystem to detect the Train composition, i.e. to read the list of all containers on a train along with the order in which they are stored, while a train is in transit at a given point. This subsystem is made by some devices (OCR cameras) able to read the images of the container numbers and translate them into text information, in order to be processed by an information system. For each container, the following information can be detected: container number, container type, container ISO code, length.


  • An equipment to read the electronic seal, specifically implemented for Contain project. The equipment (a certain number of which will be available) is a portable multifunction device based on Windows CE 5.0 that can mount several integrated additional components (such as a smart card reader, a micro-camera with white LED and IR illuminator, etc), and a rechargeable battery. In the context of Genoa demo, it will be equipped with an additional plug-in module (and related software) to read RFID Electronic seal.


  • A Local Station to receive data from the equipments, to merge them, and to monitor their status. These Local Stations will be an off-the-shelf PC with some specific and new software applications to process data arriving from the field and to send them to the CONTAIN Platform.
  • A Container Traffic Control Center to handle the whole demo installed at SE premises in Genova, able to connect with the Local Stations thru the CONTAIN Platform (via Internet).

The information obtained will be sent from the Local Station to the Contain Platform with the following information:

Information Type
Incoming container(s) T & T
Outgoing container(s) T & T
Broken/damaged seal Alarm

The EAST WEST MED Corridor runs from the Port of La Spezia to Bologna Interporto Hub and it is extended to Ravenna port. Bologna Interporto 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.

The EAST WEST MED Demonstrator will provide 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.

The EAST WEST MED demonstrator provides the transport corridor and chain element to the HINTERMED Demonstrator and consequently the CONTAIN project. Activities related to EAST WEST MED Demonstrator started in advance than the planned with the AS-IS Analysis: it involved the provision of Business Process Maps, Threat and Loss Analysis for security existing gaps, identification of transport chain black spots and provided the basis to develop the CONTAIN Threat Analysis (Task 1.2) and the ECSF (Task 1.5).

Furthermore, it provided task 5.1 the AS-IS analysis from which the business process model (IDEF0 + BPM) was developed and identified the potential risk management issues and the potential black spots (through the Bow-Tie analysis and cross fertilization with Task 1.2).


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Contain consortium is preparing demonstrations: demo plans and methodology (task 5.1)

The task provides detailed demonstration plans, evaluation criteria and a common assessment methodology for the project. A first version of the demo plan was released six months after the project started. This version has been thoroughly reworked and the finalized version is due in August 2013. In fact, results from Sub Task 5.1.1 are already transferred to Task 5.2 and T5.3 as those tasks start the work to realise the demonstrations. Results from ST5.1.2 will provide starting point for T5.4. The two subtasks of 5.1 are described below in more detail:

  • ST5.1.1 is directed into providing demonstration plans for both the phase 1 and the phase 2 demonstrations. The demonstrations have been divided into three different realisations. In Valencia the focus is on verifying that containers declared to be empty really conform to that declaration. In Genoa the focus is on container seals and how they can be verified. Those two demonstrations are based on end user needs and the user requirements are then deduced from the needs. At the main demonstration in Bologna, however, a larger number of system functionalities will be demonstrated in parallel. In this context it is relevant to use state of the art technology as a starting point for the specification of the demonstration. To base everything on unbiased end user needs is too risky considering the multiplication of Research and Development uncertainties in complex systems.
  • ST5.1.2 is all about Project Assessment Methodology: Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) are vital in project assessments. Relevant KPIs are defined based on stakeholder and project objectives as well as project success criteria. As far as possible the existing and target KPI levels are specified. Innovations and technical breakthroughs are also highlighted. One particular aspect of the evaluation is how to describe and quantify both negative and positive unintended side-effects of the demonstrated systems.
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Contain presented at 8th Future Security Research Conference this week.

CONTAIN was presented in 8th Future Security Research Conference held in Berlin on 17-19 September 2013 and organised by Fraunhofer VVS under the patronage of German Ministry of Education and Research.

The project was covered in the poster session along with more than 30 other European projects  covering a wide range of security aspects, such as urban security, protection of infrastructure, instruments and devices for scanning, cyber and electronic control, etc.

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The CONTAIN project year 1 review will be held on 16 November

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CONTAIN stakeholders project workshop feedback supports the current project approach while suggesting new elements

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the 1st CONTAIN project workshop will be held in Brussels on 18 June

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the 1st CONTAIN project workshop will be held in Brussels on 18 June

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The Contain project

The Contain project is financed under the European Unions Framework Programme 7 FP7-SEC-2010.3.2-1. It started October 1st 2011 and will end March 31st 2015.

CONTAIN is aimed at specifying and demonstrating a European Shipping Containers Surveillance system in a global context which will encompass regulatory, policy and standardisation recommendations, new business models and advanced container security management capabilities. The CONTAIN system will:

  1. Support transport security stakeholders (both business and administrations) in managing container security threats within logistic chains as part of an integrated approach to the efficient management of Door to Door (D2D) transportation networks;
  2. Provide a coherent set of ‘best of breed’, cost effective and efficient technology options for container-integrated sensor, communication and security hardware and software technologies to monitor container movements and security and business related parameters in real time, whilst addressing the technology,  implication of and links to screening and detection technologies;
  3. Enable ports and transport networks to establish cost effective upgraded container security processes (including technologies and integration of ICT applications with customs agents and National Security Forces) and to optimise operational processes both in terms of security performance and efficiency and quality of container transport services;
  4. Provide added value to key investments made by EU customs organisations to achieve higher levels of protection of markets and society and to offer favourable conditions for business development focusing on improved real time risk evaluation and control;
    1. Provide appropriate information gathering, validation, fusion and situational awareness services to establish dependable near real time ‘corridor container traffic maps’ and their integration into a EU Container Traffic Map for use by organisations and systems established to promote and implement an integrated EU surveillance policy;
  5. Enable the establishment of secure trade lanes between the EU and selected trading partners;
  6. Assist policy makers at national and EU level to promote container security based on sound economic and technological argumentation and to benchmark container security performance in order to formulate improvement policies;
  7. Facilitate the further development of European standards to address and improve container security specifically and supply chain security in general and progress towards a single international shipping containers security standard.

The project will:

  1. Build on outputs from ongoing FP7 projects on security, freight transport and ICT and efforts to establish integration facilities between security agencies such as FRONTEX and EMSA and EU Platforms such as e-Customs and SafeSeaNet.
  2. Demonstrate Secure Multimodal Corridor Design and Chain Monitoring & Control across international and European corridors on a full scale basis at Interporto Bologna and with a focused demonstrator at the port of Valencia.

The partnership covers Security Systems Integrators, Telecommunication companies, International Security solution providers, ports, ship, rail and road transport service providers, transport ICT solution providers, research and consultancies from nine EU countries, Norway and Switzerland.

More details about the project are available at the project web site WWW:CONTAINPROJECT.EU  and will be posted here.

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