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Ref. Ares(2010)983542 - 21/12/2010
Commission of the European Communities 
    Date: 18 Nov 2010 
No: DF-10-469307 
Mission Report 
Object of the mission 
Participate in Frontex Border Guard OSINT Workshop 
Place, date, organizations visited and contacted persons 
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Warsaw, 25-26.10.2010 
EU Agency Frontex, 
, R&D Unit 
Other Participants 
Distribution List 
Of the establishment 
Other services of the 
Obligatory(*) + 
 (*), JRC 
  (*), JRC 
 (*), JRC 
GlobeSec Unit, 
, EU Frontex 
Main Results of the mission: 
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Scope of the Mission 
The purpose of the mission was to present our work in the field of Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) and 
to participate in the workshop (the mission was paid for by EU Frontex).  Other participants of the 
workshop were officials of border guard authorities from Member States of the European Union and 
European institutions such as Frontex itself and the European Defence Agency (EDA). The event took 
place at the office of EU Frontex in Warsaw. 
We contributed three presentations: 
•  Recent Developments in Europe Media Monitor (EMM) – a large scale news aggregation engine 
•  Real-time news event extraction for border security intelligence (presented together with Frontex 
R&D and University of Helsinki) 
•  EMM OSINT Suite – Desktop Text Mining for Law Enforcement 

Highlights and Observations 
The workshop consisted of a various presentations from law enforcement authorities. In the following a 
few observations to selected presentations: 
Experience of the Federal Police Headquarters using Open Sources for Strategic Analysis,  
German Federal Police 
The German Federal Police has the main task to deal with illegal immigration (the classical police work in 
Germany is done on the federal state level and not part of the federal mandate). The headquarters tries to 
come up with means to archive reports from field officers and liaison offices throughout Europe. Currently, 
they evaluate different ways to tag reports about migration issues in a way that eases later retrieval. 
Experience of using Open Sources via new Technology,  
Belgian Federal Police 
The Belgian Federal Police is restarting (after a restructuring) its work in the field of OSINT for criminal 
investigations and trying to build capabilities in the field.  
Developing an OSINT Exploitation Capability under the Umbrella of the EDA,  
European Defence Agency 
This presentation gave an overview about the training program the EDA conducted for European 
Institutions as well as the prototype they developed for a universal OSINT interface. The evaluation of the 
prototype is under way but it seems that its approach was too broad to be easily adoptable. 
Smart video surveillance and open source information tracking,  
Finish Border Guard Headquarters 
This presentation gave some insight in how the Finnish border is and could be protected by a network of 
smart sensors and video surveillance. The use of sensors is necessary due to the length of the border in very 
sparsely populated areas which makes human patrolling not feasible. The speech contained some 
interesting ideas how the data from different types of sensors could be connected to other available data to 
improve the quality of the intelligence and signals generated. 
Multimedia Documentation Lab,  
Austrian Army 
The speech presented a framework which organises multimedia files, such as video streams in a 
documentation library. To process video and audio sources a solution provided by Saillabs Technology is 
used. Saillabs Technology is an Austrian company specialised in Media Mining solutions (mostly speech-
Knowledge Encapsulation Framework,  
National Security Directorate, Department of Energy, USA 
The talk gave an overview about the work in making information easily available to the end user. The basic 
idea is to generate a wiki website automatically from a database and enrich each wiki page with meta data.  
The workshop concluded with a feedback form for the participants. According to the evaluation of the 
feedback forms our own presentations were very well received and deemed highly relevant for the 
Contacts Made 
We spoke to the representative of the European Defence Agency, 
. He has taken over 
the work on OSINT at the EDA. We agreed that we should update each other about our work to raise 
mutual awareness what each organisation is doing in this domain.  
 of the Frontex Risk Analysis Unit wanted to have access to the EMM OSINT Suite. We 
agreed to stay in contact in order to give him access to the latest available version of the software. 

Follow-Up Actions 
Provide interested participants with more information about our research and software offerings. 

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