HECTOS focuses on the functional performance of physical security products, those used for the protection of (mainly) physical assets against physical attack, such as those by criminals or terrorists. The HECTOS consortium has the technical expertise to tackle some of the more complex and challenging test & evaluation problems such as the detection performance of explosives detection systems and recognition performance of biometric systems explored in the case studies.


Security products must, of course, be considered in the context of an organisation's overall security systems, processes and procedures. HECTOS collaborates with other standardization and certification initiatives, including FP7 research projects such as CRISPexternal link, opens in new window EC and industry initiatives such as those in the Aviation Security and Alarms areas; and other relevant activities both in Europe and Worldwide. Where appropriate HECTOS build on and coordinate with these activities.


HECTOS has established an expert and advisory group from industry, regulators, standards bodies and end-users in order to gather requirements, seek input on direction and priorities, communicate and build consensus in the results of the work.

The results of the project will inform and guide ongoing harmonized standardization and certification initiatives in the EU – based on in depth investigations through practical case studies. This should benefit both industry and users. Industry will benefit through defragmentation of the market and reducing the cost and timescales of new product introduction. Users benefit through the timely availability of additional and trusted security capabilities.


HECTOS Presentation



FOI, Swedish Defence Research Agency 
Department of Weapon Effects and Security of Explosives

Grindsjön Research Centre 

SE-147 25 Tumba



Anders Elfving
Tel: +46 8 555 039 81
Mobile: +46 70 927 70 59
Email: anders.elfving@foi.se

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research,

technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no. 606861.