FORMOBILE - An EU project, funded under the Horizon 2020 programme

A consortium of partners, working in collaboration to create an end-to-end mobile forensic investigation chain, striving to improve digital safety, and security in the EU while respecting fundamental rights.



Innovative new tools available to LEAs allowing for the rapid retrieval, storage and analysis of mobile phone data.

The goal is to reduce the gap between LEAs and the crime & terror organisations.

Giving them the tools and systems, to work with the latest devices and technology, favoured by criminal groups.



Standard: A result of the project will be a European standard for the forensic investigation of mobile phones.

It is also an aim for the new FORMOBILE standard, to become a European Committee for Standardisation (CEN), Workshop Agreement (CWA).

CWAs are frequently the forerunner of ENs and ISO standards.



To maximise the success of the FORMOBILE project, it is imperative that the LEAs and associated agencies receive the best training possible on the new tools and standard implemented.

A dedicated training team will combine the best aspects of existing training courses available, into a new curriculum.

Combining knowledge of commercial parties, academia and LEAs will enable a set of courses, with the supporting materials, to be developed.


Mittweida University of Applied Sciences

Mittweida University of Applied Sciences is a strong centre for research and transfer services in central Saxony with about 7,000 students in 5 faculties. The University provides different study programmes and continuing education programmes in the fields of cybersecurity and forensics.

Portuguese Judicial Police

Portuguese Criminal Police is the Portuguese higher criminal police body, hierarchically organized under the aegis of the Ministry of Justice. As a criminal investigation police force, PJ has reserved competence, which cannot be assigned to other criminal police bodies, for the investigation of serious and organized crime in general.

Netherlands Forensic Institute

The Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI) is a public organisation under the Ministry of Justice and Security. The NFI is providing forensic services using state-of-the-art science and technology and contributes to the investigation and prosecution of suspects, and the exoneration of innocent parties.


MSAB is the global leader and pioneer in digital forensic technology for mobile device examinations. The business is a for-profit company, with headquarters in Stockholm (Sweden), with offices in Europe, USA and Asia, as well as a network of distributors across the globe.

Austrian Standards International

Austrian Standards International (A.S.I.) – Standardization and Innovation is the recognized standardization body in Austria, member of the European Committee for Standardization CEN, International Organisation for Standardization ISO and European Telecommunications Standards Institute ETSI. A.S.I make it possible for thousands of Austrian experts to set standards based on their innovative ideas internationally.

Central Office for Information Technology in the Security Sector

The Central Office for Information Technology in the Security Sector (ZITiS) has been established by the German Federal Ministry of the Interior in 2017. As a service provider for the German security authorities, ZITiS focuses on research and development and provides technical expertise in the cyber domain.

Home Office

The Home Office originates from 1782 employing circa 30,000 staff and is the department of state with responsibility for policing, counter terrorism and borders/immigration and citizenship. It supports the full range of Home Office interests in policing and tackling crime, counter-terrorism, border security and controlling immigration.

Spanish National Police

The Spanish National Police is a law enforcement agency (LEA) founded in 1824. It is deployed in whole national territory, with about 70,000 police officers among other civil servants. It has competencies in Public Order, Serious Crime, Forensics, Terrorism, and has exclusive competences in human beings crossing borders, the identity of citizens and private security. One of the ESMIR strategic lines in home security is to achieve a police force more dynamic, more efficient and more intelligent use of new technologies and new working methods to be more effective.

The Polish Police Regional Headquarters in Poznan

The Polish Police Regional Headquarters in Poznan manages the Wielkopolska garrison. The basic tasks of the Police are the prevention of criminal offences, economic crime, identification of perpetrators of crimes and misdemeanours, ensuring security in public places, monitoring traffic on roads and safety on the water, and conducting prophylactic activities.

Malta Police Force

The Malta Police Force is one of the oldest police forces in Europe and has mixed responsibility with respect to its investigative role and national security. The Forensic Science Laboratory within the police force is comprised of eight units each specialised in a unique forensic field.

Delft University of Technology

Delft University of Technology is the largest and oldest Dutch public technological university, located in Delft, Netherlands. With eight faculties and numerous research institutes, they host over 19,000 students, more than 2,900 scientists, and more than 2,100 support and management staff.

University of Patras

The University of Patras (UPat) was founded in the city of Patras in 1964 and it began functioning in the academic year 1966-67. UPat is one of the leading research and teaching institutions, and the third largest in Greece.

Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas

The Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas (FORTH) is the premier research centre in Greece, internationally acknowledged for its excellence in basic and applied research, in developing applications and products, and in providing services.

Norwegian Ministry of Justice and Public Safety

The Norwegian Police University College (PHS) is the premier educational institution for the police service and county administrative officials in Norway. Its purpose is to provide fundamental training for service in the police service or county administration, further and continuing education for employees within the police service and to conduct research on police science.

Law and Internet Foundation

Law and Internet Foundation (LIF) is a Bulgarian NGO & Research centre which supports and performs applied studies, scientific researches, programmes and projects in the field of legal, technological, economic and social issues related to the fast penetration of information and communication technologies both in public and private sectors.

Polish Platform for Homeland Security

The Polish Platform for Homeland Security (PPHS) associate representatives of Polish Law Enforcement Agencies, which in cooperation with other practitioners and representatives of science, develop IT tools and legal environments to support the broadly defined efforts to improve public security. The main pillars of PPHS activities are projects and training in the area of security.


time.lex is a niche law firm based in Brussels, specialised in information technology and electronic communications law in the broadest sense. This includes privacy protection, data and information management, e-business, intellectual property and telecommunications.

Strane Innovation

Strane Innovation (SI) is an SME start-up facility - specializing in the sectors of sustainable development (energy, water, transport, environment, smart systems). SI creates independent start-up companies based on technologies proven at lab or pilot scale. By assessing in detail the technologies and the market, SI creates complete business concepts, managing the legal creation and entire development of the start-up companies.

Kyrgyz State Technical University named after I. Razzakov

Kyrgyz State Technical University, named after, I. Razzakov (KSTU), was founded in 1954. It is the biggest technical university in the Kyrgyz Republic, with about 14,000 students and about 1500 staff members. The university comprises of 6 faculties, 4 institutes, and 4 research institutes. Consists of 4 regional branches and 1 Lyceum.

Target groups

The EU is a connected society. Mobile phones are used to continuously share information, files and images. Thankfully much of this is innocent, however - criminals and terrorists use the same channels to communicate. FORMOBILE will tackle this risk and will benefit three key groups.

Security Practitioners

FORMOBILE will make your work easier

Security Practitioners

FORMOBILE will make your work easier

Giving access to leading, innovative tools to fight crime and terror. The common standard and supportive training will make you more efficient in your duty. Cooperating with other specialists across EU will increase security productivity.

Research Groups

Continuing the goal of a united EU

Research Groups

Continuing the goal of a united EU

FORMOBILE is cohering information and knowledge from experts across Europe. The results of the project will pave the way for the next advancement - assisting holistic improvement of EU polices.

EU Citizens

Have confidence, work is being done to keep you safe

EU Citizens

Have confidence, work is being done to keep you safe

Security practitioners work to protect the people of Europe. Citizens can have confidence work is being done to keep them safe and protect their fundamental rights. FORMOBILE will help fight crime in the short term. The overarching goal is to deter criminals and terrorists from using mobile technology.

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Leading the FORMOBILE consortium and project is the Mittweida University of Applied Sciences. They are leading Work Packages 9&10.

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Horizon 2020 Programme

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.

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FORMOBILE - The Final Review

04 July 2022

The EU-funded FORMOBILE project ‘From Mobile Phones to Court’ gathered at the University of Patras (UPat), Greece on the 28th of June 2022 for the official and hybrid final review meeting with the Euro...


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