COSSEC stands for “Community of Safe and Secure Cities”. It is a group of individuals representing organisations or projects that have an interest in or might be affected by the work being done by the IMPETUS project. The first steps in establishing the community were made even before the project started, and one of the tasks in the project is to develop and foster COSSEC. We foresee that COSSEC will continue after the end of the IMPETUS project itself, as a forum for organizations interested in using IMPETUS results, or with a wider interest in the topics addressed by the project. The idea of COSSEC is to extend involvement in the project to stakeholders beyond the project consortium. COSSEC members will influence IMPETUS activities so that solutions emerging from the project will meet local needs in other cities and/or meet other concerns or requirements they might have.
Here are some kind of organisations expected to be interested in joining COSSEC:
Smart city operatorsSecurity and emergency agenciesSecurity, emergency, and smart city networksCitizens organisationsGovernmental authoritiesEthical and legal expertsInnovators and technology expertsResearchersGender and innovation experts.
The above list is not exhaustive: other types of organisation may also have relevance, to be decided case by case.