The Center for Security Studies (KEMEA) is a think tank on homeland security policies and an established research center since 2005 (L. 3387/2005) within the Hellenic Ministry of Citizen Protection, aiming to support security policy implementations in Greece, at a strategic level.
Specifically, the activities KEMEA is involved in include a) research and development in the context of National and European projects in close cooperation with LEAs, working under the auspices of the Ministry of Citizen Protection b) training of practitioners in new systems and technologies and c) the certification of practitioners in private security professions at the national level, The Center also provides advisory and consulting services to the Ministry of Citizen Protection, as well as other Public and Private authorities, on safety and security issues.
A main objective of KEMEA is to bring together all national Law Enforcement Agencies (Police, Fire Service, Coast Guard, Civil Protection agency, etc.) and to enable them to collaborate, interconnecting them with corresponding agencies, research institutions and the industry from around Europe. This dedicated approach to exploring synergies, establishing communication links and working together to produce end-user driven research on all fronts of the Security Sector during the last decade, has earned KEMEA its participation in numerous National and EC R&D projects.
In 2011, KEMEA was appointed by Presidential Decree No39 (06.05.2011), as the “National Contact Point” for the protection of European Critical infrastructures (ECIs) – “ECIP contact point” – following the implementation of the 2008/114/EC Directive of the European Council of December 8th 2008 “regarding the definition and designation of the European Critical infrastructures and the assessment of the need to improve the protection of such infrastructures”. KEMEA is authorized to provide professional certification through examinations (in cooperation with the National Organization for the Certification of Qualifications and Vocational Guidance-EOPPEP no 3200/09−02/2012) to Private Security personnel. KEMEA represented the Hellenic Government to the European Research and Innovation Forum (ESRIF) of the European Commission (EC) and is a Member to the Board of Directors of the European Organization for Security (EOS). KEMEA is also successfully participating in many funded Projects by the EC and the European Space Agency (ESA).
KEMEA currently employs 123 highly qualified and experienced researchers and Security experts, including 12 active officers from LEAs, plus 50 active officers as external associates. Furthermore, regarding its capacity and under its constitutional law, KEMEA, if needed, can additionally utilize personnel and assets of the Hellenic Ministry of Citizen Protection, in order to fulfil specific tasks of various projects; this equates to a staff pool of over 70,000 people being readily available.
Coordination of and participation in respective research projects
ΚΕ.ΜΕ.Α. successfully participates in several European funded Research Projects and monitors – through its active participation – all the latest developments in the security sector evaluating any new achievements. Research Projects related to XENIOS includes the following:
- EU-CIRCLE- Pan-European framework for strengthening Critical Infrastructure resilience to climate change (H2020 – 653824)
- ARGOS-Advanced pRotection of critical buidinGs by Overall anticipating System (FP7 313217)
- ACRITAS – Advanced Coordination CenteR Information Technologies & Applications for Border Surveillance (ΓΓΕΤ 11ΣΥΝ_9_1207)
- FERMIS- Σύστημα Απομακρυσμένης Διαχείρισης Γεγονότων Φωτιάς (ΓΓΕΤ ISR_2898)
- ESS – Emergency Support System (FP7- 217951)
- CRESCENDO – Coordination action on Risks, Evolution of threatS and context assessment by an Enlarged Network for R&D rOadmap (FP7- 218026)
- ACRIMAS – Aftermath Crisis Management System-of-systems Demonstration (FP7-261669).
- AIRBEAM – AIRBorne information for Emergency situation. (FP7- 261769)
- DARIUS- Deployable SAR Integrated Chain with Unmanned Systems (FP7- 284851)
- PREFER – Space-based Information Support to Prevention and REcovery of Forest Fires Emergency in the MediteRranean Area (FP7- 312931)
- EWISA: Early Warning For Increased Situational Awareness (FP7- 608174)
- PREDICATE: PREventing Disasters by CApitalizing on unmanned aerial systems Technology (ECHO/SUB/2015/713851/PREV29)
KEMEA Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Equipment
KEMEA owns the following UAS equipment, that is involved in several projects and studies, for analysis and assessment of a ROI, plus validation, evaluation and demonstration purposes of a research solution:
- Matrice 210RTK with X5s, Z30 and XT2 payloads,
- Mavic enterprise dual,
- WintraOne with SONY RX1R II + PPK payloads
A detailed description of the models is presented below.
Matrice 210 RTK, is a 643mm diameter quadcopter Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) which weighs about 4,8kg with a maximum weight flight of 6.14kg, maximum flight duration of 32min and a maximum flight range of 8km. It has a Real Time Kinematic (RTK) module. RTK is a satellite navigation technique used to improve the accuracy of position data from satellite positioning systems (Global Satellite Systems, GNSS, BeiDou, providing precision in centimeters. The above UAV is suitable for photogrammetry, topographical plans, digital background creation, firefight missions, HazMat identification, search and rescue actions, risk assessment, CI inspection, border surveillance etc. It can fly and land easily (automatically or manually) from any area. Its high-performance engines combine with 17-inch propellers in order to ensure steady flight even in strong winds. In addition, the dual power system automatically heats the batteries when flying at temperatures below zero, while a closed design ensures weather and water resistance (IP43) so it can fly in a wide range of situations. It also has the ability to carry and use two cameras simultaneously, or one upward-facing camera. The dual gimbal configuration unlocks 5 different combinations. An FPV camera is built in for navigating, including models capable of thermal imaging, high-definition video and zooming for detail. Its foldable body, plus removable batteries, propellers and landing gear, make it easy to store and transport in a case.
Mavic 2 Enterprise dual, is a 354mm diagonal, quadcopter, electrically driven, weighing 899g with a maximum flight weight of 1100g and a flight duration of 31 minutes. Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual has many display modes: FLIR MSX, infrared and RGB. Flight autonomy provides omnidirectional obstacle control (sensing2), an advanced detection system comprised of 8 high resolution optical sensors and 2 infrared sensors located on the sides of the aircraft. The result is a powerful set of sensors that determine the relative speed and distance between the aircraft and an object so that it can fly and float with more stability over a wide range of open and complex environments. This makes it an imaging unit capable of adapting to any mission required. Mavic 2 Enterprise is equipped with various accessories such as the M2E Spotlight, the M2E Speaker and the M2E Beacon. It communicates with staff on the ground, suspects or survivors with the Mavic 2 Enterprise speaker and allows the reproduction of alerts or voice calls in real time. With Mavic 2 Enterprise Spotlight, it illuminates low-light areas for up to 30 meters, and with the Mavic 2 Enterprise Beacon flashing strobe it is visible for up to three miles. Also, advanced System3 pilot assistance allows the drone to cleverly detect objects and movement and to easily fly around or over obstacles, especially in narrow spaces.
The WingtraOne is a VTOL mapping drone with 125cm wingspans. WingtraOne in sustained winds higher than 8 m/s (19 mph), has a Max. take-off weight 4.5 kg, 52min flight duration, Max. take-off altitude above sea level up to 5000m (16,400 ft) AMSL and Operational cruise flight speed 16 m/s (35.8 mph). Two modules that exploit GPS and GLONASS information are ready for Galileo, BeiDou. The WingtraOne has vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) and the endurance of a fixed-wing drone able to survey mid-to-large scale projects. Its hybrid VTOL design and, SONY RX1R II + PPK (up to 42MP), WingtraOne provides aerial surveys of unparalleled image quality and accuracy (Down to 1 cm (0.4 in). Survey times up to 80% faster than ground methods or quadcopter drones.