Special Issue "Challenges in New Technologies for Security"
A special issue of Challenges (ISSN 2078-1547).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2016)
Dr. Antonio Palucci
Head of Diagnostics and Metrology Laboratory, FSN-TECFIS-DIM ENEA CR Frascati, Italy
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Interests: laser diagnostics; sensors; laser spectroscopy techniques; Raman spectroscopy; LIBS; explosive detection; environmental atmospheric and marine monitoring; cultural heritage health status and 3D release
Dr. Francesco Saverio Romolo
Legal Medicine Section-SAIMLAL Department, SAPIENZA University of Rome, Viale Regina Elena, 336, 00161 Roma, Italy
Interests: explosives; firearms; drugs of abuse; detection; forensic identification; analytical chemistry; data fusion; forensic science; security
We are living times when almost every day are reported news of dramatic terrorist attacks, carried out by extremist groups, causing human losses and injuries to critical infrastructures. These threats are not localized in a specific geographical area but can be carried out anywhere, affecting a contest not ready to be resilient to these events. To this respect, technology plays a fundamental role in both aspects: detection and deterrence. Until 9/11 event, the development of technologies for civilian security was mainly limited to military industries. Since the collapse of the World Trade Center, policy makers worldwide it was clear the need and the relevance to develop new technologies specifically developed to protect the human and social life as civil applications. New sensors play nowadays a key role in these new technologies: international organization have fostered the development of new or more sensitive detection systems to provide in the future safer everyday lives.
Security is therefore not only a challenging issue for police or military forces, but also for scientists. They can be involved in increasing the detection capability of their own sensor, in proposing new approaches to monitor emerging threats, in studying the best scenarios to develop the most effective solutions based on their forensic knowledge or in providing all the technologies needed to exchange data and to allow proper interpretation of sensors’ results.
The security from terrorists’ attacks is an interdisciplinary challenge deserving the special issue we are proposing.
Therefore, we kindly ask to the contributors to disentangle the listed challenges to contribute to this special issue:
- Emerging new threats:
- from precursors to biohazards
- the traditional materials are still a serious threat?
- are there possibilities to have mixed threats?
- Detection of energetic materials: from precursors to explosive materials
- this topic includes all the spectroscopic techniques (any radiation wavelength range can be included from muons to THz),
- close, proximal or stand-off detection.
- Forensic knowledge and security.
- Video surveillance is only a recording of the people faces or can we extract more information?
- Only one technology can solve the issue or we need a more integrated approach?
- Ethical and juridical issues:
- the technology is ready to be accepted from the social community?
- how to become resilient?
- The cost and the timeline to release the technologies in the market: the role of the industries.
- What we missed to consider the threat?
- Future of security.
Dr. Antonio Palucci
Dr. Francesco Saverio Romolo
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