Terrorists in Europe Targeting Railway InfrastructureS


1 July 2015 - 30 June 2016


5 partners from 3 countries (BE ,FR, DK)
Leadership: CEIS (Belgium)
Partners: FRS (France) , UIC (France), CRISE (France), FHFRS (Denmark)

Project description

TETRIS supports member States in their counter-terrorism strategies by
developing tools allowing for a better understanding of the terrorist threats
targeting railway systems and training those involved in managing the
consequences of an attack.

  • The TETRIS project provides EU Member States, special transport police forces, firefighters, railway operators and private contractors, securing railway networks, with a typology of terrorist groups as well as typical scenarios of attacks, which could be used for operational and training purposes.
  • TETRIS will support the users in this endeavor by developing tools allowing
    for a better understanding of the terrorist threat targeting railway systems,
    and enabling the training of the actors engaged in the management of the
    consequences of an attack.
  • The end-users will be immersed in a crisis management exercise, during which the tools provided by the project will enable them to visualize the consequences of a terrorist attack and take decisions to mitigate the crisis with the support of a role-play tool.

Benefits for rail

The project will deliver the following outputs:

  • A threat assessment tool enabling the analysis of operational capabilities of terrorist groups and operational components of an attack. The project compiled and analyzed a data base of 259 terrorist attacks which were perpetrated in Europe since the 1970s, to identify cases of attacks against railway infrastructure and to identify trends in the way attacks against railway infrastructures were conducted.
  • Identification of typical scenarios stemming in the threat assessment tool. Based on the analysis of the gathered information, different options for the scenario of a terrorist attack were identified and validated by end-users during a workshop.
  • Specifications and guidelines for the organization of an exercise. A basic exercise scenario was developed and augmented by numerous inserts allowing participating entities to perform a crisis management exercise at different levels (management level, ops center level) and in different forms (table top, staff exercise).
  • A platform, allowing the simulation of the consequences of an attack. A 3D simulation tool that provides the visualization of the described scenario, in a 3D animation, showing the events and the consequences for the exercise participants.
  • Building on the lessons learned, the project will deliver recommendations and a user-manual for future exercises.
  • A public dissemination report of the non restricted findings of the project and an exploitation plan.
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