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Semi-autonomous border surveillance platform combining next generation unmanned aerial vehicles with ultra-high-resolution multi-sensor surveillance payload

PROJECTS
Funding
European
European Union
Duration
-
Status
Ongoing
Geo-spatial type
Other
Total project cost
€6 997 333
EU Contribution
€6 997 333
Project website
Project Acronym
BorderUAS
STRIA Roadmaps
Connected and automated transport (CAT)
Transport mode
Airborne icon
Transport policies
Deployment planning/Financing/Market roll-out,
Safety/Security

Overview

Call for proposal
H2020-SU-SEC-2018-2019-2020
Link to CORDIS
Objectives

With over 42 000 km of coastline and around 9 000 km of land borders, monitoring the EU’s external borders is a complex job that requires multidimensional collaborations and new technologies. To support border surveillance applications, the EU-funded BorderUAS project is developing a multi-role lighter-than-air unmanned aerial vehicle with an ultra-high resolution multi-sensor surveillance payload. The remote sensing payload will include a synthetic aperture radar (SAR), laser detection and ranging (LADAR), shortwave/longwave infrared (SWIR/LWIR) and acoustic cameras for direct target detection as well as optical and hyperspectral cameras for indirect detection (from vegetation disturbance). The technology will be tested by police based along illegal border crossings in Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova, Ukraine and Belarus.

The project will combine for the first time a multi-role lighter-than-air (LTA) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with an ultra-high resolution multi-sensor surveillance payload supporting border surveillance as well as search & rescue applications, and specifically rough terrain detection. The sensor payload will include synthetic aperture radar (SAR), laser detection and ranging (LADAR), shortwave/longwave infrared (SWIR/LWIR) and acoustic cameras for direct target detection, as well as optical and hyperspectral cameras for indirect detection (via vegetation disturbance).

The project will use the ground-based infrastructure of border police units (command & control centres), innovative data models (to identify illegal crossing patterns and preferred routes) and advanced audio/video analytics and storage (to provide additional detection capabilities). The technology concepts will be validated in the field by 6 border police units (Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova, Ukraine, Belarus) covering 3 major illegal migration routes into Europe (Eastern Mediterranean, Western Balkan and Eastern Borders Routes), which represent 58% of all illegal border crossings detected and are also the most used for smuggling of drugs, weapons and stolen vehicles.

The combined solution will provide high coverage, resolution and revisit time with a lower cost (4 EUR/kg/hr) than satellites and higher endurance (100 kg payload for 12 hours) than drones. Based on the field trial results, the consortium expects to develop a solution that can be deployed further by European border polices after project completion. The project will also involve the contribution of NGOs working with illegal migration and human right protection issues, as well as regulatory experts dealing with the ethics and privacy requirements of border surveillance solutions

Funding

Parent Programmes
Institution Type
Public institution
Institution Name
European Commission
Type of funding
Public (EU)
Specific funding programme
H2020-EU.3.7. - Secure societies - Protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens
H2020-EU.3.7.3. - Strengthen security through border management
H2020-EU.3.7.8. - Support the Union's external security policies including through conflict prevention and peace-building
Other Programme
SU-BES02-2018-2019-2020 - Technologies to enhance border and external security

Partners

Lead Organisation
Organisation
SOFTWARE IMAGINATION & VISION SRL
Address
SOSEAUA BUCURESTI-PLOIESTI 73-81 COMPLEX VICTORIA CORP CLADIRE C4 ETAJ 2, 013685 BUCURESTI, Romania
EU Contribution
€660 943
Partner Organisations
Organisation
AUDIO VIDEO TREND DOO ZA ZASTUPANJE, PROJEKTIRANJE I PROIZVODNJU PROFESIONALNE KOMUNIKACIJSKE OPEME
Address
CIRE TRUHELKE 41, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia
EU Contribution
€424 388
Organisation
HIPERSFERA DOO ZA RAZVOJ I PRIMJENU TEHNOLOGIJA
Address
ILICA 36, 10000 Grad Zagreb, Croatia
EU Contribution
€1 727 564
Organisation
LOCAL FOUNDATION FOR PROMOTION OF INTERNATIONAL DIALOGUE AND COOPERATION INTERAKCIA
Address
PROSPEKT NEZAVISIMOSTI 95, BUILDING 11, OFFICE 808, 220043, Minsk, Belarus
EU Contribution
€24 460
Organisation
DIAN SRL
Address
VIA FERRUCCIO PARRI 44, 75100 Matera, Italy
EU Contribution
€383 643
Organisation
POLYTECHNEIO KRITIS
Address
BUILDING E4, TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY CAMPUS COUNOUPIDIANA, 731 00 CHANIA, Greece
EU Contribution
€552 498
Organisation
INSPECTORATUL TERITORIAL AL POLITIEI DE FRONTIERA TIMISOARA
Address
SEVER BOCU 49, 300278 Timisoara, Romania
EU Contribution
€273 041
Organisation
Idryma Technologias Kai Erevnas
Address
N PLASTIRA STR 100, 70013 IRAKLEIO, Greece
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€177 345
Organisation
ADDITESS ADVANCED INTEGRATED TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS & SERVICES LTD
Address
VYZANTIOU 40 3RD FLOOR FLAT OFFICE 303/304, 2064 Lefkosia, Cyprus
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€505 371
Organisation
INSPECTORATUL GENERAL AL POLITIEI DE FRONTIERA AL MINISTERULUI AFACERILOR INTERNE
Address
PETRICANI 19, MD 2059 CHISINAU, Moldova
EU Contribution
€126 498
Organisation
FUNDACION CENTRO DE TECNOLOGIAS DE INTERACCION VISUAL Y COMUNICACIONES VICOMTECH
Address
PASEO MIKELETEGI PARQUE TECNOLOGICO DE MIRAMON 57, 20009 DONOSTIA SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain
EU Contribution
€787 158
Organisation
STATE BORDER COMMITTEE OF THE REPUBLIC OF BELARUS
Address
VOLODARSKOGO 24, 220050, Minsk, Belarus
EU Contribution
€5 998
Organisation
GLAVNA DIREKTSIA GRANICHNA POLITSIA
Address
KNYAGINYA MARIA LOUISA 46, 1202 Sofia, Bulgaria
EU Contribution
€145 845
Organisation
DIRIGENT ACOUSTICS DOO
Address
MAZURANICEVA 29/9, 11050 Belgrade, Serbia
EU Contribution
€212 938
Organisation
INSTITUT MIHAJLO PUPIN
Address
VOLGINA 15, 11060 BEOGRAD, Serbia
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€118 933
Organisation
Kentro Meleton Asfaleias
Address
P KANELLOPOULOU 4 ST, 10177 ATHINA, Greece
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€391 383
Organisation
MALTA INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY LAW ASSOCIATION
Address
SMARTCITY MALTA BUILDING SCM1001 RICASOLI, Kalmara SCM 1001, Malta
EU Contribution
€138 279
Organisation
ADMINISTRATION OF THE STATE BORDER GUARD SERVICE OF UKRAINE
Address
VOLODYMYRSKA 26, Kyiv, 01601, Ukraine
EU Contribution
€183 546
Organisation
HELLENIC POLICE
Address
4 KANELLOPOULOU AVENUE, 101 77 ATHENS, Greece
EU Contribution
€157 502

Technologies

Technology Theme
Sensor technologies
Technology
UAV with integrated laser scanning system
Development phase
Demonstration/prototyping/Pilot Production

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