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Odyssey Ballistics Project[edit]

The ODYSSEY project team aims at developing a secure interoperable platform for automated information analysis to combat organised crime and terrorism. This goal will be achieved by:

• Creating European Standards for ballistics data collection, storage and sharing
• Setting-up a secure interoperable platform for crime information management and use of ballistics intelligence
Data mining and extracting knowledge to tackle organised crime and terrorism across the European Union
• Exploiting automated and semi-automated processing and data analysis to generate alerts
• Automated analysis of complex, different cultural/domain data with multiple reference models
• Adopting new and improved methods for the detection of forensic information that supplements current approaches
• Enhancing mutual co-operation, security and sustainability across the European Union

Project Partners[edit]

Sheffield Hallam University (UK)
Forensic Pathways Limited (UK)
ATOS Origin (Spain)
XLAB (Slovenia)
Politecnico di Milano (Italy)
West Midlands Police (UK)
Royal Military Academy (Belgium)
Garda Síochána (Republic of Ireland)
Servizio Polizia Scientifica (DAC) (Italy)
SAS_Institute (UK)
North Yorkshire Police


Globalization has been accompanied by a dramatic increase in organized and transnational crime and terrorism. It takes many forms and includes homicide, genocide, honour killings trafficking in drugs, weapons, smuggling of human beings and the laundering of the proceeds of crime. Such activities present a threat not only to citizens and their communities, but also a global threat. These threats undermine the democratic and economic basis of societies through the investment of illegal money by international cartels, and a loss of confidence in the rule of law. Enabling co-operation across the EU is vital. Whilst there is both political and operational commitment to share data and there is no shortage of ballistics and crime information data across the EU, there is currently no technical means to do this. ODYSSEY will undertake the necessary research and development to fill this gap and provide a Platform to demonstrate the effect and potential of an EU wide Platform using technical forensic data and crime information. Personal data will not be used and National Security data will not be used. The Project will develop a secure interoperable situation awareness platform for the automated management, processing, sharing, analysis and use of ballistics examination data and crime information to combat organised crime and terrorism.

Potential Impacts[edit]

The ODYSSEY project will deliver a framework that will extend the management of ballistics information across heterogeneous ICT platforms within the EU. Achievements will include:
• A secure shared ICT platform for the sharing of information about serious crime and terrorism where firearms are involved.
• Improved collection techniques for crime and terrorist scenes and laboratories;
• The ability to transmit images and access files for cross correlations with other agencies.
• The ability to engage in advanced querying, knowledge extraction and intelligence sharing.
• The exploitation of legacy systems.

Approach to the Project[edit]

The project work is divided into five work-packages supported by two work-packages for management and dissemination. The top innovations deal with: • Intelligence Ballistics data capture and knowledge extraction.
Ballistics risk management process support.
• Extended interoperability layer to semantically manage the Odyssey solution.

The objectives include:

• Acquiring integrated data including future multimedia sources and enriching data through a semantically developed meta-database.
• Extracting knowledge algorithms and defining methodologies for data mining and pattern discovery.
• Setting up a prediction, detection and monitoring modelling system.
• Building an info-broker ballistic framework for Knowledge Process Modelling.