Project partners

The HYPERION project is carried out by twelve partners, representing eight European countries which can be found in the image below. Further down you will find short descriptions of each participant ordered alphabetically. HYPERION is coordinated by the Swedish Defence Research Agency, FOI.


ASELSAN is the largest (in terms of both revenue and employee count) electronics integrator in Turkey. The company serves in the defence and homeland security market and generates revenue over €400 million annually. It has about 4000 employees of which over 1000 employees are full-time R&D engineers. ASELSAN is a leading provider of electro-optic systems and navigation and guidance devices. It has wide range of products, such as electro-optic systems, navigation and guidance systems, communication devices, radar systems, and command and control. Specifically, the company offers two decades of design and manufacturing capabilities in the areas of thermal imaging systems, laser systems, image intensified night vision devices and inertial navigation devices. The company also offers capabilities to integrate these sensors to land, air and maritime platforms, in various types of homeland security applications. ASELSAN also has extensive knowledge and experience in developing image processing algorithms in various fields, including salient event detection, automatic object detection and recognition, multi-target tracking, image fusion, stabilization and super resolution.

The Forensic Science Institute of the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA)

The Forensic Science Institute of the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) is an Institute within a federal law enforcement agency. It has approximate 300 employees. The Institute is responsible for every kind of forensic work except for medical examinations. The section involved in the Project is responsible for trace and bulk analysis of explosives in court cases and give expert witness in cases regarding the use of explosives. It owns extensive lab facilities for analytical work. Additionally it supports the test and evaluation of explosive detection devices for security forces in Germany. The section is a member of the ENFSI Working Group on Explosive Analysis (FINEX). The BKA has an extensive network in the field of detection of explosives (ECAC TTF, ICAO) and analysis of explosives (FINEX) especially within the aviation security community and the European institutes of forensic science.

Turkish Coast Guard (EGM)

The duty for ensuring public security and public order is being carried out by the Turkish National Police, General Command of the Gendarmerie and the Turkish Coast Guard (EGM), under the direct supervision of the Interior Ministry. The police render services to nearly 67 million people in Turkey that has a population of more than 70 million people. This figure equals %97 of the population. The General Command of the Gendarmerie carries out police services in rural areas, where the population is not very dense. The Turkish National Police Organization renders services under the title of General Directorate of Security, which is attached to the Interior Ministry. The central organization is the Directorate General of Security located in Ankara, the capital and the Provincial Directorate of Security in 81 other cities throughout the country. Apart from the big cities, local branch offices and police centers work in provincial centers within the police units rendering services under the public administration heads (governors of provinces or district governors) and, depending on the population density, directorates of district security or district security authorities and police centers render services to the public. The Turkish Government in the course of progress towards accession to the European Union and in response to the obligations of the acquis of the EU and its Member States is actively following a National Programme for the Adoption of the Acquis. Enhancement of administrative and technical capacity are seen as crucial in ensuring the successful transition for Turkish Institutions to the standards, norms and achievements of similar EU Member State administrations.

FOI, Swedish Defence Research Agency 

FOI is an assignment-based authority under the Swedish Ministry of Defence. The core activities are research, method and technology development, as well as studies for the use of defence and security. 

The organisation employs around 1000 people of whom around 850 are researchers (2011). This makes FOI the largest research institute in Sweden.

FOI provides its customers with leading expertise in a large number of fields such as security-policy studies and analyses in defence and security, assessment of different types of threats, systems for control and management of crises, protection against and management of hazardous substances, IT-security and the potential of new sensors.

The Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Solid State Physics (IAF)

The Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Solid State Physics (IAF) is a leading science and technology center in the field of III-V semiconductors and devices made of synthetic diamond. The research and development is focused on micro- and opto-electronic circuits, modules and systems for applications in safety, security and communication systems as well  as for medical applications and environmental protection.

Specific to the IAF is the development of infrared lasers and thermal imaging cameras. Further core capabilities are the processing of low-noise high frequency circuits and high-power microwave amplifiers. The business unit Semiconductor lasers and light emitting diodes provides compact and reliable power lasers emitting in the mid-IR for application indirected countermeasures. Based on quantum cascade lasers, broadly tunable external cavity laser modules serve as a key component  for stand-off detection of explosives.

Morpho Safran logo

Morpho is the world leader in multi-biometric technologies for fingerprint, iris and facial recognition, a global leader in the smart card industry and an acknowledged expert in identification and detection systems. In 2009, the Morpho turnover was 904 million € and the workforce was 5,600 people. Morpho is part of the international high-tech group Safran.

Its solutions meet a wide range of security needs for individuals, businesses and governments worldwide, including identity management, personal rights for residents and travelers, physical access to airports or other high-value sites, and logical access (online or via secure terminals). The acquisitions of Printrak, and 81% of GE Homeland Protection in 2009 and L1-identity in 2010 reinforced the company’s position as a leading global player for security, identification systems and documents as well as in detection solutions.

In FP7, Morpho is successfully leading EFFISEC, TURBINE and FIDELITY.

Statens kriminaltekniska laboratorium - SKL

SKL is a state funded independent national laboratory under the Swedish National Police Board and the Ministry of Justice. Our employees are not police officers but specialists in their respective fields. Most employees have an academic degree supplemented with an extensive internal training programme. The SKL competence assurance system CDA (Competence, Development and Authority) ensures that all personnel have the right competence for their tasks. SKL acts as an impartial expert body in investigations of criminal matters on behalf of the Swedish judicial system, mainly police and prosecutors. The forensic areas covered by SKL comprise DNA, drugs, chemicals (including plastics, paint, glass and oil), fibres, shoeprints, tool marks, firearms, explosives, fingerprints, IT forensics, handwriting and documents (bills, passports etc). Evaluation of the results in a forensic context, using Bayesian methods, is a central area of interest. SKL is accredited according to ISO/IEC 17025. In addition to casework, SKL conducts research and development and have national and international assignments. SKL also educate and support police (e.g. crime scene investigators) and other members of the legal system, and participate in university courses.

SELEX Sistemi Integrati SpI

SELEX Sistemi Integrati SpI is the new brand of FINMECCANICA holding, world leader of Defence Systems and Sensors and Air Traffic Management and Control. SELEX SI, is a wholly-owned Finmeccanica subsidiary, with over 500 million in revenues and includes former BAE Systems air traffic management and air traffic control assets in the UK, USA and Germany. The Engineering Department is involved in the projects for the development of new products, and supports the Systems Business Units (Land, Naval, ATC/ATM). SELEX SI possesses large capabilities in systems integration, simulation, engineering, software design, high technology components and systems manufacturing and customer support solutions. SELEX SI works in the markets of Homeland Protection and Security, air defence systems, battlefield C4I systems, naval mission and air traffic management systems. The Microelectronics and Photonics (M&P) unit of SELEX SI can exploit a wide laboratory with an overall area of 1000m2 A bigger part of 650 m2 is covered by clean rooms (class ranging from 1000 to 10000). The M&P unit also possesses a long lasting Integration & Packaging expertise in the following areas: MCM-L (Multi Chip Modules - Laminated), Eutectic melt soldering, Wire (Wedge, Ball) bondings, Flip Chip, Hermetic Packaging, Parallel Seam Welding, Microcooling. Fibre optic systems are also designed and fabricated as: Very long delay lines for radar antenna calibration and remoting, High speed digital data links, High speed Analogue to Digital converters.


FUNDACIÓN TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION (TECNALIA) will from the 1st of January, 2011, be a private, non-profit and independent research organisation resulting from the merger of eight research organisations. TECNALIA is the leading private and independent research and technology entity in Spain and the fifth largest in Europe employing 1,437 people (164 PhDs) and its turnover is 121M€, it filled 53 patents, had 3800 clients and created 8 spin-offs in 2009. TECNALIA is very active in the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) having already gained 150 projects, coordinating 31 of them. TECNALIA has a good cooperative relationship with the Instituto Técnico de La Marañosa (ITM), a technical institute within Spanish Ministry of Defence devoted also to deal with post explosion samples and analysis and with the capability to perform laboratory scale explosionsthe, and with the Basque Autonomic Police, unfortunately very used to deal with post blast scenarios. TECNALIA is also participating in various platforms, road maps and technology advisory boards related to Security such as: ESRAB, EUROTECH, Spanish Integral security Platform, Spanish Aerospace platform, SECURESME for SME in security, ASD, AFARMADE- Association of Weapon and Defence and Security Material Manufacturers and SMIG committees.

TNO logo

TNO is an independent research and development organisation whose expertise contributes to the competitiveness of companies and to the quality of society. TNO’s unique position since 1932 is based on the Dutch TNO Law and is attributable to its versatility, its in-depth knowledge and capacity to develop groundbreaking innovations.

TNO helps government and companies to enhance their knowledge in a broad range of security related issues. Supported by their defence expertise, TNO focuses on innovations that help to improve the performance of security tasks by individuals and small teams. Another area of research is improved observation methods and systems as well as the development of tools for enhanced crime scene investigation and law enforcement.

TNO also focuses on innovation of the environment - the layout of cities, tunnels, factories and residential districts can have a distinct impact on safety and security. Finally, TNO pays attention to policy innovation by providing insight into processes and their interrelationships to help third parties to balance societal risks against expensive (technological) measures.


VIGO System S.A. is known worldwide for nnovations in the field of uncooled photodetectors operating in the mid- and long- wavelength range (2 to 16µm) of the infrared spectrum. The company develops and produces high performance photon detectors and detector related electronics (preamplifiers, precision thermocooler controllers, low noise power supplies) for a wide range of applications including industrial, scientific, medical and military purposes.

Vigo also produces stock and custom thermographic cameras.

The company has been ranked 2nd among the most innovative HI-Tech SMEs in Poland. VIGO has successfully contributed to many Polish and European projects - to mention: MEMFIS and  PLASIR.


FOI, Swedish Defence Research Agency
Department of Energetic Materials
Grindsjön Research Centre
SE-147 25 Tumba






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