ENLETS Disseminates Best Practices - updateThe expert groups in EDBP are successfully progressing towards defining and sharing Best Practices.
In March three of the expert groups met: ANPR and Stopping Vehicles in the UK and the Surveillance group in the Netherlands. In May the SIGINT group will visit with the Metropolitan Police in the UK and June the OSINT group will visit with the Joint Research Center in ISPRA, Italy.
John Gelderblom did an excellent job as project leader for ANPR. Together with his team of experts from the UK, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Italy and Spain he defined the Best Practices for ANPR In-Car and ANPR Infrastructure in car and static ANPR. To disseminate all results, the project leader developed the ANPR Information Disseminator (AID); a platform that can be used by all member states and will be accessible shortly for all NCPs through the secured ENLETS website. The AID consists of a guide that may help member states to find the best ANPR solution fit for their circumstances. In addition, the AID contains a large variety of information regarding ANPR, such as guidelines to optimize your ANPR system, operational trials and rankings.
With the meeting in the UK, the ANPR project has formally ended. Dissemination of the results and final reports will be published on the ENLETS website over the next months.
Change of project leader
The Surveillance group is moving fast forward. The role of project leader has changed from Peter Duin from the Dutch National Police to Adam Nilski from the Home Office Centre for Applied Science & Technology (CAST) in the UK.
Practical application of surveillance technology
The surveillance group has refocused its attentions on the practical application of specific surveillance technologies. The intention is to create a common and efficient way in which member states can share information. It was decided to set up a common way of testing of technology in a pseudo-operational environment. The surveillance group based the testing on a use case from Finland. In this case, drugs were brought to the beach and the investigative team would like to have a good view of the crime scene from a distance.
Testing low-light cameras
It was decided to focus on best performing low-light cameras. Members of the surveillance group each brought their best low-light equipment for testing in a remote area of the Netherlands. The group discussed what information would be useful to share and a draft test form with criteria was set up. The evening was filled testing different low light cameras with some input from the commercial sector.
Emerging from the tests were completed forms with standardised information on devices. The output will be shared on the ENLETS website. We encourage all member states to use the same form to share their own experience on low-light cameras and thus let the test information be beneficial to all.
Early indications show that the testing of low light cameras has been an effective and successful exercise. The intention for the group is to remain practical and applied and the group is looking at different areas of the technical surveillance chain. Proposed themes for the next meeting are video transmission and recording.
The ENLETS team is very pleased to announce that Romania has offered to host the secured ENLETS website. The website is under construction and will be tested shortly. We will invite all member states to check out the site and join the secured part of the ENLETS site as soon as possible!