The Dutch Institute for Technology, Safety & Security (DITSS) started in March 2012 as a start-up Non-Profit foundation founded by several governmental and research organizations. Currently (July 2018) it grew to a scale-up Non-Profit organization with approximately 25 employees, seconded by the organizations represented in the DITSS supervisory board (from Dutch National Police, Safety Regions, several cities and Universities) or assigned natural persons working under contract. The Dutch National Police assigned from its staff a DITSS director, Leon Verver. Under his leadership a strategy was developed with the focus on the following Safety & Security themes: 

  • Information guided Safety and Security Sensing, intelligence, IoT, etc.
  • Mobility and safety Self driving vehicles, sensing-systems, crowd control
  • Resilient Society Awareness building, social innovations for social cohesion

DITSS has relevant expertise in organizing Fieldlabs/testbeds/pilots for testing and validating technological and social innovations in the domain of Safety & Security. We build smart innovation communities and platforms around relevant topics that are requested by our stakeholders. We develop and operate a nationwide public-private knowledge network that supports and advises these smart innovation platforms.

For all DITSS projects (living labs/field labs) the resources are provided by our extensive network of partner organisations. Through the DITSS foundation, governments including National Police, knowledge institutions and businesses work together on technological and social innovations in the fields of Safety & Security in the public domain. Due to the nature of DITSS field labs where results always affect humans in their behaviour and privacy DITSS is very keen on the topic of legal, privacy and ethical aspects. As a typical Quadruple Helix foundation (= an entity bridging industry, educational institutes, public authorities and citizens) it forms a platform to stimulate collaborations and innovations in various safety & security domains.

Relevant previous projects or activities:

TRILLION (H2020-FCT-2014)
TRusted, CItizen - LEA coILaboratIon over sOcial Networks. The TRILLION project is developing an open, flexible, secure and resilient socio-technical platform to foster effective communication and collaboration between citizens and law enforcement officers. To facilitate collaboration between citizens and LEAs, TRILLION aims to deliver a comprehensive multiple channels platform for incident discovery, prediction, reporting and interaction. Users will have the choice of using existing social networks or directly reporting incidents via native mobile applications. The active involvement of the end-users, citizens and LEAs, from the start of the project activities and the adoption of a bottom-up approach is of utmost importance: both for TRILLION, as the end-users are the ones who can provide input from the operational perspective; and for the end-users, who will be the main beneficiaries of the services implemented in the context of the project. DITSS is responsible for the Dutch Pilot site in the City of Eindhoven and is the Overall End-user coordinator for this project.

Advanced tools for fighting oNline Illegal TrAfficking. ANITA will design and develop a novel knowledge-based user-centred investigation system for analysing heterogeneous (text, audio, video, image) online (Surface Web, Deep Web, DarkNet) and offline content for fighting illegal trafficking of drugs, counterfeit medicines, NPS and firearms. ANITA will combine:

  • innovative data source analysis of crypto-currency network and transactions and blockchain technologies; 
  • advanced Big Data analytics tools for automatic analysis of the vast amounts of multimodal content of the identified sources; 
  • sophisticated methodologies for capturing, modelling and inferring knowledge in human understandable forms; 
  • development of an adaptive, cognitive user modelling framework that will capture, analyse, interpret, mimic and integrate key human cognitive and information processing functions; 
  • domain-related and user-oriented intelligence applications, which will enable users to identify patterns for spatial, temporal and causal correlations among illegal trafficking events, entities and activities. All the above functionalities will be coupled and reinforced by an in-depth interdisciplinary analysis of the online illegal trafficking phenomenon (including the study of reaction strategies and countermeasures) and a thorough analysis of the online resources with respect to social, ethical, legal and privacy issues of concern. The proposed system capabilities will be demonstrated in multiple relevant operational environments

Public Resilience using TEchnology to Counter Terrorism (Grant Agreement Phase) The PRoTECT project aims to strengthen local authorities’ capabilities in Public Protection by putting in place an overarching concept where tools, technology, training and field demonstrations will lead to situational awareness and improve direct responses to secure public places pre, in, and after a terrorist threat. This cross sectoral project is an initiative of the Core group of the European Network of Law Enforcement Technology Services (ENLETS). The main outcomes of the project are, as follows: -Risk and Cost reduction -Developing training materials related to the protection of public spaces for municipalities and LEAs -Putting in place and implementing a pan European technology capability assessment tool for cities Initiated by ENLETS, the PRoTECT project will support the policy of the European Commission by providing local actors -the cities in Europe- with guidance, training and awareness on the usage of technology as an indispensable tool for a secure municipality. It will -in close cooperation with DG Home and the European Forum for Urban Security (EFUS) - use the developed Commission’s Soft Target Site Assessment tool, and it will provide the Policy group, the Commission, the Practitioners network and the to be established Operators Forum with tangible results, such as valuable feedback and practical recommendations based on the technology and soft target site assessment tool.

JADS CrimeRoom
The Crime Room is a unique and innovative partnership between JADS and law enforcement and local authorities in the Brabant region and DITSS. It will integrate data science into crime fighting and community policing activities. Most importantly, this initiative will be looking to analyze and get a grip on the surge of organized crime that is steadily becoming a serious threat to the very foundations of our society and the rule of law. The region of Brabant is a thriving, high-tech region. It’s also a region that’s fast gaining the unwanted reputation of haven for thriving cannabis and synthetic drugs production. Criminal organizations running these illegal businesses, often also have a sideline in illegal and human trafficking and prostitution. Reason for the police, the prosecutor’s office, the city authorities of Tilburg, Breda and ‘s-Hertogenbosch, JADS and DITSS to join forces to find ways in which to successfully map and counter such organized crime. CrimeRoom can be used for training, demonstration and test purposes and serve as an Operational Fieldlab environment.

For contact : info@ditss.nl