SYNYO GmbH (AT)

SYNYO is an innovative Company based in Vienna and structured into the divisions of research, development and consulting. Focused on "ICT & Society", SYNYO follows a research-oriented approach, holds in-depth expertise in technical development, social research, and merges these areas successfully within applied research projects. The SYNYO staff consists of highly motivated academics specialised in various technical fields, including software engineering, architecture design, proof of concept prototyping, application development, Social Media analytics and usability testing. SYNYO also covers various social research disciplines such as security research, technological sociology, mass media and conflict communication and social research methods. In various projects SYNYO uses innovative methods such as monitoring approaches or collective intelligence techniques to collect, filter and present user generated content and mass data out of social media.

SYNYO will be the coordinator of the project by leading WP1 (Project Management and Coordination) and WP3 (Concept Design and Software Development). Thereby SYNYO will be responsible for the overall project coordination, the support and management activities and the documentation of the whole project process. As the consortium leader, it will be the official contact to the European Commission, will monitor and coordinate the Project participants and stimulate dialogue and exchange throughout the project. Furthermore SYNYO will take the lead of WP3 and is thereby responsible for the concept design and software development of the tool.

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University of Barcelona

The University of Barcelona is Spain’s leading research university, publishing more research than any other Spanish institution with the exception of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) (Third European Report on Science and Technology Indicators). UB has 106 departments and more than 5,000 full-time researchers, technicians and research assistants, most of whom work in the UB’s 243 research groups as recognized and supported by the government. The UB is also home to three large research foundations: the Barcelona Science Park Foundation (PCB), which includes the Institute of Biomedical Research (IRBB); the August Pi i Sunyer Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBAPS); and the Bellvitge Institute for Biomedical Research (IDIBELL).

The STS Unit’s expertise is focused on preparing state of the art reports and conducting field work on perceptions and policies relating to urban insecurity, inclusion and police practice, with a special focus on public space and crime prevention through environmental design. In addition UB will provide legal advice to handle relevant legal implications especially regarding the sprayers (e.g. disclosure of illegal activities) and the Graffolution web platform (website’s compliance with the applicable law).

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Eticas Research & Consulting

Eticas Research & Consulting is a Spain-based SME working on the social, ethical and social impact of security policy, innovation and technology development, and the interaction between changing societal values, engineering possibilities and fundamental rights. Founded in 2012, its contribution focuses on the analysis of the contextual factors that can and should guide technological development and implementation, with a particular emphasis on understanding broader contextual issues linked to trust and acceptability, compliance with the legal context, social externalities and ethical issues at large. Eticas’ main area of expertise and contribution to consortia is the understanding and analysis of the national and regional legal framework applicable to surveillance and security technology, the identification of weaknesses or breach-of-rights instances in the development and implementation of security policy and the assessment and promotion of the inclusion of privacy, social and ethical concerns in the design of security technology and policy practice.

The partners at Eticas come from both research institutions and the private industry and constitute a multidisciplinary team with vast experience in public security. They have worked as consultants for governments and public and private bodies, and have been involved in the development of security policy, police training, analyses of the legal, social and ethical impacts of new technology, privacy impact assessments (PIA), data protection audits, implementations of large-scale hardware and software engineering projects, research and development of new technologies, development of strategies for innovation, and the creation of networks of co-operation between industry, research centres and end-users. They all share a willingness to contribute to a society in which people are at the centre of innovation and technological development.

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University of Arts London

Design Against Crime as an approach to social innovation and the design of products, places and communications emerged at University of the Arts London between 1999-2009. The philosophy behind the DAC Research Centre at UAL is linked to a practice-led socially responsive design research agenda addressing multiple drivers including crime and sustainability. The Centre operates on the understanding that design thinking as well as design practice can and should address security issues without compromising functionality and other aspects of performance, or aesthetics. In everyday language, secure design has to be user-friendly whilst abuser-unfriendly and it doesn’t have to look ugly.

DACRC will be a research partner and will be bringing demonstration partners into the consortium. They will lead WP4 (Demonstration, validation and instruction) and particularly work on WP2 (Graffiti vandalism research, stakeholder analysis and solution elaboration) but will feed into all work packages.

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Sine –Institute gGmbH

The sine-Institut gGmbH is an independent social scientific research organisation based in Munich and carries out social science research at the convergence of (social) science, practice and public administration. SINE has performed numerous studies in the broad field of risk research, including natural and technological risks as well as social risks funded by public bodies such as municipalities, national institutions (e.g. German Parliament, Federal Institute for Risk Assessment, etc.), and international organisations such as OECD, WHO, International Risk Governance Council (IRGC) and particularly for the European Commission (since FP 5). SINE is familiar with quantitative as well as qualitative social scientific research methodology. Currently, sixteen scientists and technical staff are working for SINE on two EU-projects (the collaborative project OPTI-ALERT (SECURITY-2010-261699) and the large-scale integrating project EDENext (HEALTH-F3-2010-261504) and on other projects funded on the municipal level.

Within the Graffolution project SINE has the lead of WP2, the main tasks will include identification of relevant stakeholders and conducting interviews with stakeholders and stakeholder analysis; the identification of best practice for the prevention of graffiti vandalism in selected European countries; the investigation of relevant social, regional and cultural aspects of graffiti vandalism; and to assist by the development of policy strategies against juvenile crime in the field of graffiti vandalism, including input on the design and content of the planned web-based platform for stakeholders.

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Ferrocarrils de La Generalitat de Catalunya

Railways of the Generalitat de Catalunya was created on September 5, 1979 by the Generalitat de Catalunya as a result of the 1978 State cessions to the Generalitat de Catalunya, with the aim of exploiting the publicly owned railways that previously belonged to FEVE in Catalonia. As a diverse company that provides the services required by the Generalitat de Catalunya, FGC has stated that its mission is:

  • Manage effectively and efficiently the services and infrastructures that have been assigned to it as a public company.
  • Contribute to improving the mobility in Catalonia.
  • Provide profitable leisure services to the public, in accordance with their expectations.
  • Within the framework of this mission, FGC is the leading Catalan public company as a result of its constant innovation, its constant growth and its respect for the environment.
As a demonstration partner of Graffolution, FGC will share its knowledge about preventive and corrective measures in combating illegal graffiti in FGC’s facilities. Furthermore, FGC will contribute to survey relevant information on stakeholders in the public administration in order to provide decision elements and preventive methods to avoid the proliferation of graffiti in public areas. During the demonstration phase (WP4) FGC will contribute to usability tests and further validation of the Graffolution platform.

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London Borough of Islington

Islington Council is the local authority for the London Borough of Islington in Greater London, England. Islington is divided into 16 wards, each electing three councillors. The council is split into five directorates: Children’s Services; Corporate Resources; Environment and Regeneration; Finance; HASS (Housing). The council currently employs around 3100 staff although this will increase as additional contracted services will be coming in house. A significant proportion of the borough’s working age population is highly qualified, and in managerial, professional and technical jobs, while a large and increasing number of residents not only have few or no qualifications, but also are out of work. Islington also has the highest population density of local authorities in England and Wales - 13,875 people per km2. The total area of Islington is only 14.86 km2. Islington has almost 12,000 commercial companies of all types operating within the borough. However, Islington is the eighth most deprived borough in the country, with a large number of people out of work and dependent on benefits. A key theme of Islington's corporate plan is to enable safer and stronger communities. By working with the community and partners, we want to create a borough where people of all ages and backgrounds are safe, feel safe and respect each other. The council has made significant improvements in its effort to keep Islington’s streets clean and is committed to sweeping every street twice a week, removing fly-tips and graffiti within 24 hours of being reported. Islington has a wide variety of transportation services, with direct connections to the suburbs and the City and West End. Islington also has over 8 tube stations with connections by the tube to all around London.

Islington will be involved in the work packages 2, 3 and 4 with a focus on demonstration activities and will therefore contribute to the analysis of city administration processes, key roles and technical systems. Islington further will provide relevant knowledge/information/material. And give regular feedback. Validating research results and conducting usability tests to ensure that the Graffolution platform is working properly along the stakeholder needs will also be an essential task during the project.

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Union Internationale des Chemis de Fer

UIC is the worldwide organisation for international cooperation among railways and promotion of rail transport at a global level. Founded in 1922, it currently gathers 200 members on all 5 continents, among them railways, rail operators, infrastructure managers, railway service providers, public transport companies, etc. Further UIC maintains close cooperation links with all actors of rail transport, including industries, railway associations and public authorities. The Headquarters is located in Paris, France. The UIC's main tasks include: preparing standards, regulations and recommendations to facilitate international traffic, carrying out projects, particularly in the field of international passenger and freight transport, infrastructure management and research, promoting exchanges of information and experience, providing dissemination platforms and international training schemes, representing the rail transport mode, worldwide and concluding agreements with international organisations and cooperating with all organisations specialising in rail matters and transport issues. Within UIC, the UIC Security Platform chaired by the Slovakian railways brings together the railway security experts, is in partnership with police forces and is structured with Steering Committee, working groups, annual session to take stock of work and decide on future direction.
UIC will be involved in several WPs of the project including the collection of information on the European railways graffiti prevention initiatives and best practices (WP2). On WP4 UIC is involved in demonstration activities with the end users’ needs and expectations for the rail sector relevant stakeholders in the field of graffiti prevention. As well providing support to the dissemination (WP5) of results through the UIC members wide information network.

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