Information published on 15 April 2014 in the UIC electronic newsletter "UIC eNews" Nr 394.

Graffolution kick-off meeting (7 – 8 April 2014)

  • Security

Graffolution – Awareness and prevention solutions against graffiti vandalism in public areas and transport

Theme: FP7-SEC-2013-1

Project Reference grant agreement: 608152

Duration: 03-2014 / 02-2016

As a partner of Graffolution, UIC participated in the project kick-off meeting from 7 – 8 April in Vienna. Using an innovative web-based platform, Graffolution aims at comprehensively understanding the marked increase of illegal graffiti across Europe by focusing on smart awareness and prevention solutions for all affected stakeholder groups.

UIC will be involved in several key components of the project including the collection of graffiti prevention initiatives and best practice across European railway networks. UIC will also support the demonstration of the final web platform with regard to the rail sector’s relevant stakeholder needs and expectations in the field of graffiti vandalism. Furthermore, UIC will contribute to sharing the results of this pioneering project through the UIC members’ wide information network.

The project will provide an extensive “Collaborative Knowledge Base” empowering city administrations, public transport services and law enforcement agencies across Europe to share statistics, knowledge, good practices and prevention strategies using intuitive modules and cooperation features. Additionally, the Graffolution platform will contain an interactive “Open Information Hub” addressing local communities, citizens and sprayers to strengthen public awareness and reduce illegal spraying activities, using effectual tools and visualisations.

The Graffolution initiative will promote joint approaches integrating all interest groups, including members of the sprayer communities, to reduce illegal graffiti in Europe, while positioning the issue within a global context. The created web platform will serve as a central collaborative instance against graffiti vandalism for all experts, stakeholders and citizens. The platform will be flexible and scalable to include future data sources, apps and modern strategies that support artistic expression while preserving public and private property and safety.

The Graffolution project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 608152.