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SUPPORT aims to raise the current level of port security by integrating legacy port systems with new surveillance and information management systems. SUPPORT will provide the necessary and sufficient security level to satisfy evolving international regulations and standards while efficiently supporting the complexity of the real port environment. As part of this, SUPPORT will also facilitate efficient and, where required, real-time exchange of security related information within the supply chain and between ports and authorities. SUPPORT partners include a number of ports that have been selected to represent typical, but different operations. Starting from the perspective of the partner port operations, the project will use a cost-benefit method to identify the main security gaps and will describe security measures to maintain or augment the efficient and secure operation of these ports. The approach will combine creative and analytical techniques to identify as many relevant threats as possible. After making an inventory of security gaps these will be developed into generic port security models. The models will be used to suggest security upgrade solutions, taking into account the cost-benefit factors of the available technology. Peer-to-peer communication and decision support tools incorporating semantic technologies will be developed, using as far as possible standard open architecture software, accessible to all the port security stakeholders. The results will be demonstrated at the ports of Gothenburg and Piraeus. SUPPORT will include policy and standardisation proposals and training for participating port personnel as well as dissemination activities for other ports and stakeholders. One aim of SUPPORT is to provide general methods and technology supported by training services that can be used by any European port to efficiently enhance its security level.