The project is aimed at specifying and demonstrating a European Shipping Containers Surveillance system in a global context which will encompass regulatory, policy and standardisation recommendations, new business models and advanced container security management capabilities.

CONTAIN demonstrates Secure Multimodal Corridor Design and Chain Monitoring & Control across international and European corridors on a full scale basis at Interporto Bologna with other focused demonstrators

The partnership covers Security Systems Integrators, Telecommunication companies, International Security solution providers, ports, ship, rail and road transport service providers, transport ICT solution providers, research and consultancies from nine EU countries, Norway and the USA.


- Support transport security stakeholders (both business and administrations) in managing container security threats within logistic chains as part of an integrated approach to the efficient management of Door to Door (D2D) transportation networks;

- Provide a coherent set of ‘best of breed’, cost effective and efficient technology options for container-integrated sensor, communication and security hardware and software technologies to monitor container movements and security and business related parameters in real time, whilst addressing the technology, implication of and links to screening and detection technologies;

- Enable ports and transport networks to establish cost effective upgraded container security processes (including technologies and integration of ICT applications with customs agents and National Security Forces) and to optimise operational processes both in terms of security performance and efficiency and quality of container transport services;

- Provide added value to key investments made by EU customs organisations to achieve higher levels of protection of markets and society and to offer favourable conditions for business development focusing on improved real time risk evaluation and control;

- Provide appropriate information gathering, validation, fusion and situational awareness services to establish dependable near real time ‘corridor container traffic maps’ and their integration into a EU Container Traffic Map for use by organisations and systems established to promote and implement an integrated EU surveillance policy;

- Enable the establishment of secure trade lanes between the EU and selected trading partners;

- Assist policy makers at national and EU level to promote container security based on sound economic and technological argumentation and to benchmark container security performance in order to formulate improvement policies;

- Facilitate the further development of European standards to address and improve container security specifically and supply chain security in general and progress towards a single international shipping containers security standard.

CONTAIN is aimed at specifying and demostrating a European Shipping Containers Surveillance system in a global context which will encompass regulatory, policy and standardisation recommendations, new business models and advanced container security management capabilities.

CONTAIN promotes the use of appropriate container security sensors providing monitoring and tracking data which has been fused with additional information sources in order to identify high-risk containers that should be more carefully monitored and investigated. To ensure adoption by stakeholders, the solutions must balance costs with benefits for the parties that adopt the necessary upgrading of their processes.

Consequently, the cornerstone of the CONTAIN approach is an EU Containers Surveillance Framework (ECSF) which provides a stakeholder approach to secure containers transport balancing the interests, responsibilities and benefits of the key stakeholders. ECSF has guided the development of the CONTAIN Core Capabilities which will include:
- Upgraded Container Monitoring Solutions capable of providing permanent and reliable localisation as well as information on the integrity and content of containers;
- A Situational Awareness Support Platform
- Decision Support Services .


FOI - Sweden
BMT Group - United Kingdom
CONCEPTIVITY - Switzerland
INLECOM Systems - United Kingdom
Consorzio IB Innovation - Italy
Joint Research Center - Italy
Selex Elsag - Italy
Thales UK - United Kingdom
Telespazio - Italy
MARLO - Norway
Novacom - France
VTT - Finland
MJC2 - United Kingdom
eBOS Technologies - Cyprus
Nautical Enterprise - Ireland
European Organisation for Security - Belgium
Valencia Port Authority - Spain
Italian Customs (Agenzia Delle Dogane) - Italy
Thales Italia - Italy