Counter-Terrorism Identification and Advanced Tracking System using the Analysis of Communication, Financial and Travel Data

The i-TRACS project aims to improve the competitiveness of EU private & public organisations in the field of anti-terrorism and homeland security by the research and technological development of an innovative advanced tracking system consolidating and integrating multiple information data sources. The application of a wide spectrum of data sources offers a new level of efficiency.

i-TRACS will rely on a strong Consortium and User Advisory Group to provide technology, regulatory and market watches, to develop acceptable socially intelligent S&T innovations towards workable solutions.

The challenge lies in balancing the need for surveillance with the need for protecting civil liberties and the privacy of the ordinary citizen.

The i-TRACS Consortium has the confluence of expertise to fully expect to achieve unique and novel
solutions (prototype) to empower the required and justifiable data intelligence gathering and linking of evidence in order to track and hopefully halt prima facie suspected criminal activities.

i-TRACS involves a wide range of users and stakeholders representing a broad spectrum of interests, cultural heritage and technical background such as public organisations, criminology, security and financial experts, as well as civil liberties groups to ensure the safeguarding of the Legal and Ethical
standards in the design and development of i-TRACS innovative framework.

i-TRACS will lay the foundations for how data from multiple sources – but with a common thread – can be retrieved, selectively combined in a socio-ethically responsible way, analysed and such intelligence used to optimise the identification of prima facie suspect, or known, terrorists and the tracking of their activities.

i-TRACS will deliver a “shoe box” Demonstrator (prototype) comprising the tools and technologies for selected end-user scenarios to prove the need, feasibility, relevance and efficiency of the above approach. This will be done by a method called “war gaming”, which derived from the field of military operations research. Some project members will elect to “play” the role of aggressors and attempt to realise their goals.

Project Details

Project funded by: EU
Project Duration: 01/07 - 12/08
Project Partners: CICOM (F), AQSACOM (F), BAE Systems (GB), Thorpeglen (GB), IPIPAN (Institute of Computer Science, Polish Academy of Sciences) (PL), Northamptonshire Police Authority (GB), Privacy International (GB), Pride S.p.A (I), Computer and Automation Research Institute, Hungarian Academy of Sciences (HU), The University of Reading (GB)