Project partners

The EMPHASIS project is carried out by nine partners and is coordinated by FOI.


UK based, Cascade Technologies are the world leader in the application of Quantum Cascade Lasers (QC Laser).

Founded in 2003 the company capitalize on the opportunity created by its patented laser technology. This technology has been successfully applied to the field of gas sensing in the mid-infrared where molecules have characteristic unambiguous fingerprints. Cascade's platforms are used to identify and quantify gases with unparallel accuracy, sensitivity and speed. System applications cover the areas of industrial process control, emission monitoring, homeland security and defence.



Fraunhofer is Europe's largest application-oriented research organization. The research efforts are geared entirely to people's needs: health, security, communication, energy and the environment. As a result, the work undertaken by researchers and developers has a significant impact on people's lives. The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft undertakes applied research of direct utility to private and public enterprise and of wide benefit to society. There are more than 80 research units, including 60 Fraunhofer Institutes, at different locations in Germany. The majority of more than 18, 000 staff are qualified scientists and engineers. The Fraunhofer VVS, the Fraunhofer Group for Defense and Security has been formed by several Fraunhofer institutes as a means of coordinating their research activities and defining common goals in the area of »Defense and Security«. The chief objective of the group is to agree on common strategies vis-à-vis government funding agencies and to promote collaboration with these institutions and with the defense industry. Furthermore, the members of the group intend to align their research strategies with the requirements of the projected unification of European defense and security policy.



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.



The Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology (ICT) is one of the 60 institutes that currently make up the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. Beside contract research for industry, the Fraunhofer ICT also works together with commercial companies on research projects co-financed by the German government or the European Union. The grounds cover 200 000 square meters, and subsequent to recent construction work around 12 000 square meters of pilot plants, test facilities and workshops are available, as well as a further 12 000 square meters of laboratories, infrastructure and offices. Around 500 people are currently employed at the Fraunhofer ICT. The research and development work of the Energetic Materials department range from chemical synthesis, the analytical characterisation and processing of energetic starting products, through the related process development and manufacturing techniques, to the manufacture of raw products, small batches and demonstrators. In the context of national and European security research, members
of the department are developing new sensors and detection techniques for the detection of explosives and hazardous substances.

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 « Institut National de Police Scientifique » is a part of the French Ministry of Interior. It is a state establishment created by the clause 58 of the law 2001 – 1062 (15 November 2001) on the French interior security, and organized by the decree 2004 – 1211 (9 November 2004). At the 1st January 2011, the I.N.P.S. employs 700 people: 550 scientists, 100 administrative staff and 50 police officers. The I.N.P.S. is a member of the E.N.F.S.I. (European Network of Forensic Science Institute) and takes part in several thematic working groups. The I.N.P.S. is specialized in forensic technical and scientific investigation. The establishment consists of a central coordination unit (Lyon) and of 6 forensic laboratories which cover the national territory: Lille, Paris (2), Lyon, Marseille, and Toulouse. The main activities of the laboratories are: 

  • On-request forensic science analyses for police investigations and associated reporting in court cases (more than 172 270 cases in 2010: 134 071 DNA/FTA, 24 326 DNA traces and 38 200 other traces).
  • Development / improvement of the methods in the area of ballistics, chemistry, toxicology and biology in collaboration with universities and research institutes (e.g. C.N.R.S.).
  • Training of forensic scientists and police officers. 

The laboratories are structured into 9 technical departments which offer important skill to legal applicant: ballistics, biology (DNA), fingerprints, documents, illicit drugs, arsons / explosions, toxicology, physic and trace analysis (gun shot residues, glass, paints, etc.), forensic IT.




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.




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