The first Pilot test of the FORENSOR system took place on May 30th, May 31st and June 1st, 2017, at the Portuguese Naval School in Barreiro, Portugal (near the capital city of Lisbon).
This event initiated Pilot Phase I of the FORENSOR project which will be conducted during May-July 2017 and will test and evaluate the first release of the FORENSOR platform. Two more Pilot tests will be conducted within Pilot Phase I (one in Chiusi, Italy and another one in Valencia, Spain). A second testing phase, Pilot Phase II, is also planned for the last year of the FORENSOR project in order to test and evaluate the final release of the FORENSOR platform.
In general, FORENSOR Pilot Phase I represents a precious opportunity to:
- validate and test the various FORENSOR components under real operational conditions,
- verify the ongoing integration effort, mainly based upon bilateral integrations under real operational conditions, and
- acquaint the users with the technological developments and the evolving features of the FORENSOR platform.
The location chosen for the Portugese Pilot not only ensured a safe testing environment (the Naval School is a well guarded area) but was also a guarantee for flexible testing activities since various areas/sceneries within the Naval School are similar to possible operational environments of the FORENSOR system. In this Pilot the FORENSOR Consortium was represented by VIS (Filipe Custódio), STM (Giulio Urlini), FBK (Yu Zou), and MJ (Nuno Matos). The Portuguese Navy personnel provided logistical support as well as a vehicle and boat that were used to represent different system usage scenarios.
Generally, the scenarios that will be tested during FORENSOR Pilot Phase I are characterised by increasing complexity through the three Pilots (as integration activities are active during this period) aligned with the planned progress of the project. Features that will be tested include:
- The shooting of the pilot-specific scenarios using the 1st Vision Chip.
- The communication between nodes, between the nodes and the Gateway (GTW), and between the GTW and the Server-based Application (SBA).
- The transfer of predefined alerts and evidence from the nodes to the GTW and then to the SBA.
- The configuration of the Visual Sensor Network (VSN), the establishment of the multi-hop routing mechanism among the nodes.
- The usage of the SBA on behalf of the LEA officers in order to manage the incoming alerts and evidence and to monitor the VSN.
- The powering of the device through a single power source.
Other non-functional aspects will be also evaluated by the pilot partners, including the level of integration among the components, the sensor box (camouflage, dimensions), and the communications characteristics (range and robustness).
Finaly, it must be noted that partner MJ (Polícia Judiciária) is validating the FORENSOR system in the context of automatic detection of crimes such as illegal transactions and smuggling.