Fastlane | REU 44: Where science meets security
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REU 44: Where science meets security

With recent events such as revelations surrounding the NSA’s data surveillance programme and terrorist attacks in France, Belgium and Denmark, security has never been so high on the EU political agenda. However, to strike a balance between security and freedom, the EU needs new approaches and solutions.This endeavour have been backed by EUR 1.4 billion under the FP7-SECURITY programme. The objective for the European Commission: developing the technologies and knowledge needed to ensure the security of citizens while respecting fundamental human rights; ensuring optimal and concerted use of available and evolving technologies; and stimulating industry and user cooperation while improving the competitiveness of the European security industry.This edition of the research*eu results magazine highlights the contribution of 13 FP7 projects to meeting these objectives. These include four interviews illustrating the vast range of issues our scientists are working on, from more secured cloud computing technology to 3D acquisition of crime scene evidence and systems protecting European railways from electromagnetic attacks.

Other topics in this edition include the following highlights:

• Helping stroke patients to regain their independence
• The effects of new public management
• Help for rail industry on cutting pollutants from diesel engines
• Scrutinising snow and ice from space
• WALK-MAN sets the bar high for DARPA’s Robotics Challenge Finals
• Robot walker for elderly people in public spaces
• Shields up for manned space exploration

The research*eu results magazine is the main source of information for all findings related to EU-funded science projects. It covers a large spectrum of topics including biology and medicine, environment, energy, transport, ICT, industrial technologies, social sciences and space. It is published 10 times per year in English.

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