FASTPASS Project, Principle
Investigator (January 2013
- December 2016)
The 4-year EC funded
FastPass project will establish and demonstrate
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)
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’.
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?