This is one of the conclusions that it was reach during the ARGOS project workshop that took place last 10th March in Madrid. This conference was hold in everis premises and aimed to present the progress made after passing the midway of the project.
It was attended by representatives of different Critical Infrastructure Operators, the Ministry of Defence, law enforcers and technological organizations. It was also attended by the CNPIC (National Centre for Critical Infrastructures Protection in Spain) who gave a brief talk on the implementation of the EPCIP (European programme for Critical Infrastructure Protection) in Spain and the progress made. During the CNPIC intervention it was stated by some of the participants that cooperation between European countries in order to improve the protection of European Critical Infrastructures (ECI) and the creation of a common ground for communication between stakeholders from different countries is the next step that has to be taken.
After the CNPIC intervention it was explain that the main objective of the ARGOS project is to change the traditional approach followed in the physical protection of critical infrastructure with a new vision based on the development of advanced technologies and their integration into an innovative system.
ARGOS provides, for example, the possibility of extending the security perimeter infrastructure beyond the fenced area and thus anticipates potential threats, rather than react to them, as do the more traditional systems. Other interesting facts explained during the conference were for example the System Architecture and the fact that it was developed using the concept “privacy by design”, or the explanation of the evaluation methodology that it is going to be used during the two trials that form the proof of concept for this project.
Another interesting conclusion that was obtained during the workshop was the result of a brief questionnaire pass within the participants that states that the three more interesting features that any new system must have are: the performance of the new system (advanced features and low rate of false alarms), the system flexibility in order to adapt it to the specific necessities of a Critical Infrastructure and in the third place the price.
At the end of the workshop some interesting topics arise regarding the future in physical security. The subject in whom virtually all participants agreed was the convergence of physical and logical security or in other words the necessity of treating them as the same thing and no as two distinct branches in security.