Security Innovation in the International Zone

Initiative by:
City of The Hague, HSD Office, Thales, TNO, Siemens

In the heart of The Hague, international city of Peace and Justice (and Security), lies the International Zone, home of international organisations like Europol, OPCW and Eurojust. At the World Forum, also situated in the International Zone, conferences are held with government leaders from around the world. To make the area increasingly attractive for international organisations and residents, the city of The Hague is, among other things, investing in security. Until now, every building and event has its own security measures (fences, buffer zones, guards). With an integrated approach, using state of the art technology, and by working closely together, an improved security level can be achieved, with less inconvenience for employees, residents and visitors. 


In co-operation with all stakeholders, HSD is involved in developing a program for security innovation in the International Zone. Part of the program is the creation of a unique living lab for security innovations where companies, knowledge institutions and security services can test new solutions in practice. First step in the program is the creation of a Shared Security Information Platform (SSIP). 


In 2018 the program management was transferred from HSD to the City of The Hague. In cooperation with the police and the 4 international organisations, Thales continued to work on the improved version of the SSIP. An experiment with area specific web monitoring has been carried out with Public Sonar.


From the beginning of 2019 onwards, the SSIP is tested by the police and the international organisations. In the ‘eye & ear’ experiment, in cooperation with the police, an innovative combination and connection of sensors and cameras is tried out. In the beginning of 2019 the programme will be embedded in the Smart City activities of the municipality of The Hague and as a result thereof will become the responsibility of the CIO.

HSD Partners involved