Work Packages

The following is an outline of the work packages which will be delivered under the HOMER Project. There are five technical work packages, one project management work package and one managing the dissemination of the project results.

Work Package

Title

Objectives

1

Project Management

- Establish the effective management structures ;

- Effectively the project from month 1 to 36;

- Encourage good interaction within the project and towards the policies of the DG ENTR and/or EU Commission;

- Manage in an integrated manner the project activities according to the approved plans;

- Manage and perform overall legal, contractual, ethical, financial and administrative management for the consortium;

- Manage, monitor, track and control deviations due to progress, costs, financial and scheduling changes;

- Ensure proper cooperation, communication, knowledge diffusion and consensus level between the partners;

- Ensure proper quality, conflict resolution, ethical and risk management procedures are complied with and implemented;

- Facilitate the alignment and contribution to standardisation bodies;

- Coordinate and arrange all the material regarding management and activity reports ensuring that the required reporting is prepared and delivered in a timely manner;

- Ensure the visibility of the results to other research projects and facilitate the cooperation with other DG ENTR and/or EU Commission/FP7 projects and interested stakeholders;

- Facilitate proper procedures and mechanisms to accelerate the exploitation and the dissemination of results.

2

HMEs Literature and information collection

- To establish basic knowledge hitherto unknown about HMEs, their composition, characteristics and manufacturing methods.

- To create an HME knowledge base within the knowledge platform for use in WP3.

- To conduct an in-depth study and evaluation of the properties and characteristics of HMEs with respect to their detection by explosives detection technologies, as part of the research tasks included in WP4.

3

HME Internet Information Collection

- Perform an empirical study on web nodes, which include HME recipes, in order to study which kinds of websites usually include such information and how this is encoded.

- Discover, mine and capture information on the Internet about HMEs on the Internet. Content-based analysis and event detection on multimedia content describing HME.

- Perform social media analysis to identify users and groups, who systematically are involved in potentially information exchange regarding HME recipes.

4

Measurements and analysis

Within the framework of this work package, the findings from WP2 and WP3, which relate to HMEs and precursors, will be analysed from technical and operational viewpoints.

The sub-objectives of this work package are:

- Analyse the findings from WP2 and WP3 concerning HMEs and precursors, and select chemical compounds of HMEs that will be tested in the laboratory.

- Manufacture HME compounds in the laboratory, for the purpose of analysing the manufacturing process and its products under these conditions.

- Examine the materials in the laboratory, from the user's techno-operational viewpoints. Evaluate the capacity of explosives detection technologies to detect HMEs.

5

Realisation of the HME knowledge management platform

- The purpose of this work package is to research and develop a web-based, intuitive and lightweight information and knowledge management tool, constituted by an orchestration of social and intelligent components, supporting the diffusion of critical information on HME issues.

- In the course of this work package, a blend of extensible, robust and secure components will be selected, with an emphasis on open source software. An initial instance of the platform will be deployed, in order to familiarise the users with preliminary functionalities and subsequently to elicit requirements for further configuration.

- The platform will be parameterised to support the effective dissemination of knowledge found in the participating security and law enforcement agencies and to mitigate the threat resulting from the use of HMEs by terrorist and criminal elements.

- In addition, a solution for enabling access to the platform by the mobile devices of the users will be investigated. Finally, comprehensive technical support will be offered to the users of the HME knowledge management platform.

6

Testing, Experimentation and Evaluation

Evaluate the chemical and operational characteristics of HMEs in HOMER knowledge management platform through field testing;

- Use the information on the characteristics of HMEs and their precursors in HOMER to allow them to be included within existing threat detection technologies;

- Propose and test a technological approach to counter HMEs;

- Improve the methodological approach for searching the web for HME recipes and test the effectiveness of the mobile apps technology;

- Contribute as an aid in the assessment of security level 1 in the fertiliser supply chain process.

- Improve and optimise operational and organisational processes surrounding the handling of HMEs and associated knowledge.

7

Exploitation and Dissemination

- Investigate, analyse and prove whether the content of the HOMER knowledge management platform is suitable for implementation within a European urban environment and wider take up.

- Generate a complete analysis of the cost effectiveness of the platform, including performance/cost ratio and maintenance requirements.

- Efficiently exploit the intellectual property developed within the project.

- Timely and efficiently disseminate the project results to the wider forensic community, law enforcement, security services, defence forces, the wider scientific community and the public.

TMC Meeting in Berlin

BAM hosted the Techical Management Meeting and Work Package meetings in Berlin on 16th and 17th October 2015. This TMC meeting allowed the consortium to review and discuss technical matters following the Mid Term Review as well as discuss and develop technical requirements for various work packages for the remaining 18 months of the HOMER Project. The meetings included demonstrations of the HME recipes being analysed within the project as well as a tour of the labratory faciities. It also provided a useful opportunitity for interaction between the academic and technical development partners and end users to explore and refine the development of the HOMER tools.

HOMER presents at Fertilisers Europe Safety Seminar in Prague

HOMER was invited to present at the 2015 Fertilisers Europe Safety Seminar in Prague. Attended by representatives from the fertiliser industry, the PSNI presented on the work being undertaken within the HOMER project. The presentation focused on the development of a Supply Chain Security Matrix which it is envisaged could improve the security of the supply chain and distribution of fertiliser from manufacture to the field. It provided an opportunity for feedback on the proposed security matrix and generated positive discussion following the presentation. HOMER would like to thank Fertilisers Europe for the opportunity to present and for the ongoing support to the project.

Mid Term Review

The HOMER Mid Term review was held at the Office of the Northern Ireland Executive in Brussels on the 11th June 2015. It was attended by all consortium partners, the Project Officer and reviewer representing the European Commission. Each Work Package Leader presented on the progress of their Work Package over the fist 18 months of the project as well as provide a programme for the final 18 months of HOMER. Discussion also included feedback on submitted deliverables, financial management, risks and opportunities.

Consortium Meeting in Thessaloniki

SEERC and CERTH kindly hosted a consortium meeting in Thessaloniki on the 12th and 13th May 2015. Attended by all partners it proved to be two productive days reviewing the progress of the project over the first 18 months and planning for the final 18 months of the project.

WP6 Meeting held in Madrid, February 2015

Work Package 6 participants met in Madrid on 12th and 13th February 2015 to discuss and further develop the work within the work package. The meeting was kindly hosted by Guardia Civil and ISDEFE and included representation from work packages 2, 3, 4 and 5. The first day focused on particular aspects of WP6 allowing the contributors to present on progress to date and open up discussion on further development of the work package, including its relationships and interdependencies with other work packages. The second day focused on the work being completed within work packages three and five, again considering how they interact with WP6. Both days proved extremely productive with a number of outcomes agreed and facilitating further development of the various work packages. This included consideration of potential additional opportunities and outcomes for HOMER.

Project Meeting held in Brussels, November 2014

On the 25th and 26th November 2014 the Project Management Board (PMB) met to discuss progress of the HOMER project over the first twelve months. The meeting was organised at the offices of the Northern Ireland Executive Office in Brussels. The Project Officer from the European Commission attended the meeting on the first day, which included a presentation to the consortium. Each of the project work package leaders presented on progress of their work packages allowing discussion and agreement to support the ongoing development of HOMER. The External Advisory Group also met and were able to provide useful advice to the consortium partners.

TMC Meeting held in Sofia

The Bulgarian Defence Institute hosted two successful days of meetings at the Lozenets Residence of the Ministry of Defence in Sofia on 30th September and 1st October 2014. This included the HOMER Technical Management Committee meeting as well as a project meeting. The meetings allowed project partners to present on progress of the work packages and facilitated discussion on the future development of HOMER.

Both days were extremely productive and also included the consortium visiting the Bulgarian National Military Museum.

Bilateral Meeting in Sofia

The Bulgarian Defence Institute (BDI) hosted a bilateral meeting between CERTH and BDI representatives in Sofia, Bulgaria on the 4th July 2014. The goal was to strengthen the collaboration between the two partners and to discuss several issues pertaining to Work Package 3 that regards the  HME Internet Information Collection. Particular emphasis was placed on the empirical study of Web nodes containing HME recipes; this study applies the empirical cycle methodology with the aim to analyse the kinds of Web nodes that typically include such information and how this is encoded. The bilateral meeting was very productive and gave the way forward for the work on WP3.

Work Package 6 Meeting in Sofia

The Bulgarian Defence Institute hosted a productive and successful Work Package 6 meeting in Sofia on 2nd and 3rd July 2014. The meeting was attended by a number of consortium partners and included specific input from the end users. It allowed those involved with Work Package 6 to develop and agree a clear path for the delivery of this work package, whilst also considering the independence with other work packages. The event included a 'Traditional' Bulgarian meal for the consortium on the first evening which was thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended.

Consortium Meeting held in Dublin

Trinity College Dublin hosted the first Project Management Board and Technical Management Committee meetings in Dublin on 29th and 30th April 2014. The event was attended by 29 representatives from the consortium and advisory groups, over the two days.

The consortium reviewed progress since the Kick-off meeting as well as discuss the development of HOMER moving forward. An evening meal was organised on the first evening which allowed the consortium members to further build and strengthen relationships as well as providing an informal environment to discuss work within the project.

Trinity College kindly organised a tour to view the 'Book of Kells' and visit the historic Long Room (library) within the University. Overall the two days proved extremely productive allowing the consortium to agree and shape the direction of HOMER.

HOMER Kickoff Meeting held in Belfast

The first meeting of representatives from the consortium partners participating in the HOMER project was held in Belfast on the 27th & 28th November 2013.

The project which is led by the Police Service of Northern Ireland, will co-ordinate research and learning in relation to Homemade Explosives (HMEs), Recipes and Characteristics (HOMER) and develop a knowledge sharing platform for law enforcement agencies, military and defence agencies, and for manufacturers of fertilisers and chemicals.

Approximately 20 representatives took part in the two-day discussions that saw the work of the project start in earnest.

Welcoming partners, Assistant Chief Constable Drew Harris, who is the PSNI EU Projects Strategic Lead, said: “In previous EU FP7 Projects, the PSNI has been an end user or a collaborative partner, bringing frontline knowledge and experience to security research projects in consortia across Europe. For the first time, the PSNI as an end user will also lead a consortium. We are very proud of this achievement. It has taken a great deal of effort and we hope that it will deliver positive outcomes and that success in this project will mean a safer, more secure Europe.”

The ten partners in the project are based throughout Europe and provide a range of expertise and specialism’s to support the delivery of project objectives.