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Current research projects

FASTPASS Project, Principle Investigator (January 2013 - December 2016)

The 4-year EC funded FastPass project will establish and demonstrate a harmonized, modular approach for Automated Border Control (ABC) gates. Border control is a major challenge for security and mobility within the EU. Travellers request a minimum delay and a speedy border crossing, while Border Guards must fulfil their obligation to secure the EU's borders against illegal immigration and other threats. FastPass will serve both demands at the same time to keep security at the highest level while increasing the speed and the comfort for all legitimate travellers at all border control points aiming at a minimum of privacy intrusion.

FastPass is a Collaborative Project funded by the European Commission under its Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). Grant agreement no: 312583.

 

ACCESS DENIED project, Principal Investigator (June 2014 - September 2015)

Broadband delivered over a fixed telephone line is available to nearly all UK homes, but there is a considerable disparity in the quality of access across the UK. Not surprisingly, the variations are most evident between urban and rural areas. Generally, the more remote and sparsely populated a location, the more likely it is to experience slow broadband connectivity. According to Ofcom (2013) 8% of the population cannot currently access broadband of at least 2Mb/s, while others claim that 11% of UK users (two million households) are in such ‘slow spots’.

The Access Denied project will focus on how people living and working in rural areas are affected by the unavailability of (adequate) Internet connections. The research questions for this study are:

  • How do people cope with inadequate Internet speeds? Do the strategies they employ depend on their socio-economic position?
  • What are the alternative technologies available to rural communities? Are people aware of these technologies? To which degree are these alternative technologies considered to be viable options?
  • What kind of public or community-based interventions are considered to be the most successful by rural communities?
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