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The HARMONISE project (A Holistic Approach to Resilience and SysteMatic ActiOns to Make Large Scale UrbaN Built Infrastructure SEcure) began in 2013 and will run through to the end of 2016.

For the first time, more than 50% of the world’s population live in urban areas. By 2050, around 70% of people are likely to be city dwellers, compared with less than 30% in 1950. This trend brings with it increased security and safety threats to urban areas, not least to urban built infrastructure. The central aim of HARMONISE is to develop a comprehensive, multi‐faceted, yet mutually‐reinforcing concept for the enhanced security, resilience and sustainability of large-scale, urban-built infrastructure and development. Large-scale, urban-built infrastructure is a critical node within the intertwined networks of urban areas, which include not only physical components, but also integrated hardware and software aspects. To date, a comprehensive and holistic approach to improve the resilience and security of large-scale urban developments (e.g. shopping centres/areas, sports venues or business centres with underground transportation nodes) against attacks and disruptions has not been developed thoroughly.

The HARMONISE project recognises the necessity to improve the design of urban areas and increase their security against, and resilience to, new threats. Specifically, HARMONISE seeks to deliver: (a) a holistic HARMONISE Interactive Semantic Intelligence Platform; (b) a suite of innovative tools (toolkit hosted within the HARMONISE platform); (c) greater understanding and awareness of urban security and resilience vis-a-vis dissemination activities; and, (d) commercialisation opportunities among emerging new markets in this field. HARMONISE will result in significant resilience enhancement methods for large-scale, urban-built infrastructure.



Downey Hynes Limited (Ireland)
Jon Coaffee University of Warwick (UK)
Rob Rowlands University of Warwick (UK)
VTT (Finland)
University of Ulster (UK)
SELEX Elsag (Italy)
Tecnalia T (Sprain)
University of Wuppertal (Denmark)
LONIX (Finland)
LeighFisher (UK)
Bilbao Council (Spain)
Comune di Genova (Italy).


Project Partners

The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI)
West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit
European Council of Spatial Planners (ECTP)
Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
Finish Funding Agency for Technology & Innovation (TEKES)
Tampere Central Arena Ltd
Dublin City Council
Department of Environment, Community & Local Government (Ireland)
London Borough of Southwark
Genoa City Council
Spanish Technology Platform on Industrial Safety (PESI).


Framework 7 ‘security’ grant from the European Union.