CIS Directorate


(Entry/Exit System - EES)

“Communication and Information Systems” Directorate /DCIS/ is a beneficiary of a project, funded by the Internal Security Fund, which will provide the necessary technical and program funds at the air borders of the Republic of Bulgaria for the implementation of EU Regulation 2226/2017. As part of the Smart Borders initiative, the European Parliament and EULisa (European Agency for the Operational Management of Large-Scale Information Systems in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice) will create a common biometric database for the Entry / Exit System (EES)  for the registration of all traveling nationals from third countries. From 2022, passengers from third countries will have to register or validate their fingerprint and face image when entering the Schengen area through land, sea and air borders.
Through a recently completed tender procedure, the DCIS at the Ministry of Interior selected the IT company SSARM as the contractor to supply the necessary equipment of the leading company Secunet. Delivery and installation of 20 automated border control electronic gates, including face and fingerprint checks, as well as 8 terminals for self-registration of passengers from third countries are expected. For the existing border control counters, 66 specialized automatic cameras will be installed, as well as fingerprint scanners for high-quality biometric imaging - face images and fingerprints.
The components of the Entry / Exit System will be installed at the airports in Sofia, Varna and Bourgas. The integration with the central Entry/Exit system will be carried out through the functioning information system in the Republic of Bulgaria - AIS "Border Control" by a qualified team from DCIS - software application developers and system administrators.
Automated systems, as well as self-service systems, play a key role in reducing the additional effort and time required for biometric border entry, as required by the Entry/Exit System. New generation equipment and the provision of system integrations will simplify and speed up the border control process. This is crucial to ensure reliable and effective identification at border crossing points of all EU Member States, given the scale and volume of data in the central Entry / Exit system, which will contain approximately 300 million records of third-country nationals.

The project "Upgrading the automatic system" Border Control "(AIS GC) on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria in accordance with Regulation 2226/2017 and the European Entry / Exit (EES)" is very important for us and will position Bulgaria as one of the first countries in the EU with real implementation of a solution for automatic border control, corresponding to the requirements of the Entry / Exit system. We will do everything in our power to make this project a reality as soon as possible, trying to be one of the first in the EU to have a project done. We will continue our efforts to finalize the overall implementation of the Land Borders. ", mentioned Mr. Mladen Petrov, Director of the Directorate" Communication and Information Systems "at the Ministry of Interior.
The project is expected to be completed by mid-2021.

03 Nov 2020

PathoCERT project has officially kicked-off its activities

PathoCERT project has officially kicked-off its activities. PathoCERT stands for Pathogen Contamination Emergency Response Technologies and aims to help first responders to address waterborne pathogen contamination. On the 5th and 6th of October 2020, KIOS Research and Innovation Center of Excellence hosted virtually the kick-off meeting of the new 3-year H2020 project, bringing together around 90 people from an international consortium of 23 partners.

03 Nov 2020

PathoCERT Press Release EU-funded international project PathoCERT launched Developing important Emergency Response Technologies for detecting and managing pathogen contamination events 28/9/2020

During emergency response operations, first responders are at risk of being exposed to dangerous pathogens (such as norovirus, e. coli and v. cholerae) through skin contact, ingestion or inhalation. These pathogens pose a significant risk of illness, disease or even death. Currently, there are very few available field-validated technologies to assist first responders when having to operate within an environment with such dangerous pathogens.
To address this challenge, an international consortium of 23 partners, including Universities, Research Centers, NGOs, Emergency Responders, Agencies, Water Utilities and Companies from the European Union (Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Romania, Spain, Sweden) and South Korea, joint forces, as part of a new 3-year Horizon 2020 Project entitled: Pathogen Contamination Emergency Response Technologies (PathoCERT). The project is coordinated by the KIOS Research and Innovation Center of Excellence at the University of Cyprus and was launched on September 1st, 2020.
The project has received €6.9M from the European Union, under the Horizon 2020 programme, to research, develop and evaluate specialised technologies, tools, and procedures, to handle emergencies and investigate events that involve possible waterborne pathogen contamination events. The PathoCERT’s outcomes will strengthen the capabilities of first responders and agencies, in terms of real-time accurate pathogen detection, increased situational awareness, improved ability in contamination event control and risk mitigation, and joint coordination between agencies to effectively manage these events.
Innovative technologies for the future first responders
Specifically, PathoCERT will perform research and innovation activities to develop novel sensing technologies for detecting contaminants within minutes, as well as wearable printable sensors on gloves to alert when the first responders touch contaminated water. Smart wearable interfaces and augmented reality tools will also be investigated to improve the ability of the first responders in understanding their surrounding risks. To enhance situational awareness, autonomous drones with monitoring and water sampling capabilities will be developed, as well as systems for analysing water quality using satellite imaging. Additionally, the project will develop tools to receive information from human sensors, through social media, to assist first responders in the case of contamination events within an urban environment. During the evolution of the event, AI-based technologies will be developed to extract knowledge and suggest recommendations to manage the contamination event, assess its risk and forecast its evolution, as well as to develop forensic investigation tools. An integrated system will be developed and linked to a first responder control center.
First responders will be actively involved throughout the development process using a participatory methodology of stakeholder engagement, that includes the first responders providing constant feedback on the PathoCERT technologies. All the PathoCERT technologies will be field-tested in 5 pilot studies in Spain, the Netherlands, Cyprus, Greece and Bulgaria.
Eventually, the PathoCERT outputs will form the basis for developing innovations with the potential for further development and commercial exploitation as new products and services, whose purpose is to safeguard the health of those who dedicate their lives in protecting the society.
PathoCERT will host its kick-off meeting on the 5th and 6th of October 2020. More updates on the project’s developments will follow soon. Stay tuned.

02 Oct 2020


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