There are many ongoing and completed research initiatives on SoE at both national and European level, but there is a lack of common view on exploitation potential and research results are often not commercialised, leading to limited technology uptake and awareness in the end-user community. It has therefore been challenging to bridge the difficulties for security practitioners to capture and utilise research results and to direct the industry’s innovation efforts to address the most pressing and demanding capability needs.

By enabling the exchange of information about the challenges of countering current and emerging terrorist threats, the related operational requirements on methodologies, tools and technology and the status in Research and Innovation, EXERTER aimed to provide practitioners with the operative knowledge and tools for enhancing the security of our society. The advantages are three-fold:

  • Immediate knowledge sharing and matching of needs with currently existing tools and methodologies
  • Problem focused, operationally sound directions for standardisation, certification and regulations
  • Stimulation of future innovation and commercialisation by identification of exploitation potentials

One of the objectives of EXERTER was to highlight innovative methods, tools and technologies, which can contribute in the fight against terrorism and serious crime. The aim was to help practitioners reach an improved capability, as well as to identify needs within standardisation and industrial development connected to Security of Explosives.

EXERTER objectives

EXERTER yearly cycle

Throughout the work in EXERTER a different scenario is used each year, in order to focus the current discussions on selected topics. Together with the network, project partners work on identifying requirements, needs, progress and initiatives within research, standardisation & certification, regulation, and development and exploitation These outcomes are then shared and discussed within the network.




FOI, Swedish Defence Research Agency
Department of Weapon Effects and Security of Explosives

SE-164 90 Stockholm



Anneli Ehlerding

Project Manager

Tel : +46 8 555 030 00
Email: anneli.ehlerding@foi.se

This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 786805.