Newsletter 2016

As 2016 comes to a close, we’d like to invite you to join us for a look back over what we’ve been up to this year, and what is coming up in 2017.

Cutting edge Technology team
An exciting development for Trilateral this year has been the launch of our in-house technical team. Led by Kim Ngo, we can now provide in-house tool development, signal processing, and machine learning development enabling us to adapt and customise solutions for our clients. Our services are flexible to handle data from heterogeneous sources where we combine both structured and unstructured data of any type, size, and format. We are specialised in visualisation tools, dashboard, and UX/UI designs.Advancing privacy, data protection and ethics services
Our work in the areas of privacy, data protection and ethics continued through 2016 and into 2017. The PULSE project produced its final results this year, and the final recommendations from our work supporting cooperation between data protection authorities will be published in January 2017. Trilateral now has four active projects in which it is conducting a privacy or ethical impact assessment. We’re continually enhancing our approach to this, and believe we are better placed than ever to provide useful, informative and value-added privacy perspectives into all manner of research, innovation and product development efforts. 2016 has also been a successful year for publications, with articles on privacy certification under the new data protection regulation, and two articles on EU data protection authorities: one on their attitudes towards cooperation and a second on their technology foresight activities . It also saw the publication of David Wright’s new book Enforcing Privacy: Regulatory, Legal and Technical Approaches. Collaborations for our Crisis team
2016 got off to a great start for the Crisis Team with four new H2020 projects being awarded. More recently, the Crisis team have been very active in the recent Horizon 2020 round of calls, leading three proposals on the topics of Migration, Security and Geopolitics. The team has drawn together consortia composed of some of the most established and recognised institutions and think tanks in Europe to continue their tradition of cross-disciplinary collaboration and research. In the coming months there will be a number of events to look forward to linked to Crisis team projects, namely: the series of ResiStand workshops for end-users, industry, SMEs, and research taking place between January and March 2017, and the FORTRESS project’s final conference to be held at the end of February.

ICT procurement standards and smart infrastructure
Trilateral’s contract delivery team has been developing a European Catalogue of ICT Standards for Public Procurement over the past year. This is a project sponsored by DG GROW and DG CONNECT at the European Commission and represents one of twenty actions contained within the EU’s eGov Action Plan 2016-2020; actions developed to drive forward the realisation of the Digital Single Market. The initial prototype for this Catalogue will be accessible via the Commission’s Joinup platform by the end of Q1 2017, and will cover domains including: cloud; transport systems; eGov/eBusiness; and energy. The purpose of this Catalogue is to assist public procurers to identify standards to include within their tender technical requirements to minimise the risk of future vendor lock-in, and increase the interoperability of ICT-enabled solutions.

Work for ENISA during 2016 included the completion of two further projects within their Smart Infrastructure framework. Trilateral conducted detailed research to produce what has become official ENISA guidance for securing Smart Airports and Smart Hospitals.



We’re proud to present the following recent and ongoing work across some of our diverse range of projects:

SATORI CEN Workshop Agreement

The public consultation on the SATORI CEN Workshop Agreement (CWA) on ethics assessment for research and innovation has now closed. Trilateral Research (deputy co-ordinator of the SATORI project) will participate in the final plenary workshop in Ljubljana, Slovenia on 1 February 2017 where comments received will be discussed and the final CWA approved.

To subscribe to the SATORI newsletter click here.



Ethical impact assessment of a public health emergency response system

The EU FP7 PULSE project (Platform for European Medical Support During Major Emergencies)concluded in October 2016. PULSE was one of the first European projects to conduct an ethical impact assessment using the framework developed by Trilateral Research to investigate and monitor the ethical, legal, and societal issues related to public health emergencies, and specifically in relation to the tools and system developed in the PULSE project.

To download a copy of the ethical assessment click here



Final Recommendations

Trilateral identified best practices and recommendations for cooperation between data protection authorities in a report for the PHAEDRA II project, and moderated a workshop at the International Privacy Conference in Morocco in October.

The final recommendations of the project are due to be released on International Data Protection Day in January 2017 and will be available (along with all previous reports) from the PHAEDRA II website.

Follow PHAEDRA on twitter @PHAEDRAproject



Geospatial app contest

For the CIP project ENERGIC-OD (, Trilateral Research is coordinating a contest targeted at SMEs and university students. The contest is currently open for submissions (until the end of February 2017). ENERGIC-OD develops a new open data brokering architecture for geospatial information in Europe. The aim of the project is to lower the barriers to using geospatial data by businesses and researchers, as well as to boost the European innovation in that space.

To enter the contest, click here



Crisis management Workshops

ResiStand is a two-year project (May 2016 – April 2018) that aims to identify new ways to improve the crisis management and disaster resilience capabilities of the European Union and individual Member States through standardisation.

It will be hosting three workshops in the new year:
End user community
24th January, Helsinki
End user and supplier community
8th February, Brussels
End-user community
22-23rd February, Berlin

For more information on the workshops, please contact



Real-Time Big data analytics

Trilateral Research’s Big Data research in RealTime Predictive Analytics includes PROTEUS, one of our H2020 projects that will investigate and develop ready-to-use scalable online machine learning algorithms and interactive visualisation techniques to deal with extremely large data sets and data streams.
Started in Dec 2015, PROTEUS is a three year project. In the first year, Trilateral developed the PROTEUS Data Management & Ethics plan, also presented a report on Scenario development and KPI definition for the PROTEUS solution.
In year 2&3, apart from leading the Communication, Exploitation and Dissemination Work package, Trilateral will develop the benchmarks and performance metrics to evaluate the system, including gains for the steel industry use case organisation and European big data capabilities in general.

To download the PROTEUS brochure, click here



Final conference

Trilateral will be hosting the BYTE project’s final conference in London on the 9th February 2017!

The conference will present the BYTE project’s findings on the positive and negative impacts of big data practices. It will share information about solutions to potential social, ethical and economic challenges associated with big data, and present our research and policy recommendations for addressing those challenges. The focus of the event will be on data associated with smart cities, climate and the environment and health and well-being.

The conference is free and open to anyone interested in attending. In addition, we have a limited number of travel bursaries available for academics, civil society organisations and data practitioners. Please e-mail to register your interest in participating. We hope to welcome you in London!



New eGovernment project

Trilateral is co-ordinating the new project CLARITY, which aims to enhance the development and up-take of open eGovernment services in Europe.

The CLARITY project has performed an extensive needs assessment and held a development sprint event, where developers and public authorities came together to design open eGovernment applications.

Further information about CLARITY is available on the CLARITY website:



Final conference

FORTRESS investigates the role of cascading effects in crisis situations and the way that foresight tools can be used to mitigate the effects.
The final conference of the project will be held in February/March 2017.

Subscribe to the FORTRESS newsletter here.



Season’s greetings from all the team at Trilateral Research and best wishes for the new year. We look forward to working with you in the future. You can find us on social media at the links below.

‘Risk Assessment Report and Methodology’

You can view the Executive Summary and Table of contents of the Project Solebay Risk Assessment Methodology Report.

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