Invitation for Industry and Academia - Workshop on projects/ideas for developing border security products/technologies/solutions


Frontex will organise in November 2015 a workshop with European Industry and Academia which lead (or are about to start/are in the incubation phase of ideas on) research and development projects aimed at developing new products, technologies, solutions for border security and using financial sources other than EU financing (e.g. Industry’s/Academia’s own funds).

The objective of the workshop is to continue the bridging endeavours, initiated by Frontex, between the border guard community and the evolving world of research and development and to contribute to border security solutions that take into consideration end user feedback.

Benefiting from the presence of the Frontex and Member State Border Guard Authority experts, the following activities are planned to be addressed during the workshop:

-present the projects/ideas to the audience and obtain practitioners’ feedback/advise on how to steer/improve the projects’ content or develop the ideas, in order to better serve the potential end user’s interest;

-open discussions on possible demonstrations/operational tests that could take place in interested Member States;

-establish contacts between Industry/Academia and potentially interested users;

-establish links and synergies between projects.

Accordingly, Frontex invites European Industry (Small and Medium Enterprises are particularly encouraged) and Academia which are implementing (or plan to implement) projects for developing new products/technologies/solutions for border security to send their applications by filling in the form available at:, by 7th  September 2015.

The applications received will be selected taking due account of the relevance, novelty and potential impact for the border guard community. Depending on the outcome of the evaluation which will be announced at the end of September 2015, and the interest of potential contributors, the event is envisaged to take place in November 2015 at a date that will be announced in due time. During the event, the selected entities will be allocated 45 minutes for a presentation (10-15 minutes questions and answers included).


R&D Topics: 
CommunicationEfficient transfer of high volume of data, including video and images, from mobile (manned or unmanned) platforms to end users, and vice versa from operations centres to field assets Ergonomic and user-friendly wireless mobile communication tools Interconnection of secure communication networks of border guard authorities in neighbouring countries Detection, Identification, AuthenticationAccess control: authentication of documents, people and vehiclesDeception detection Detection of both large and small (fast) boats in maritime environment Detection of people attempting to enter illegallyPsycho-physiological and behavioural detection of riskSmall and wide land area intruder detection Verification of document authenticity Information Acquisition and FusionIntelligence-based risk assessment, threat classification and vulnerability assessment models Real-time and near real-time text/data mining methods for processing vast amount of heterogeneous dataTechniques for data/information fusion (text, video, images, etc.) in real or close to real timeTrend analysis, pattern detection, cross-analysis of databases, optimisation analysisUtilisation of new sources of information for intelligence gathering and situational awareness (blogs, micro- blogs, forums, deep web, other social media) Information Sharing and InteroperabilityCollaboration across cultures, or the effects of culture on information sharingIntegrated visa/immigration facilities control systemsInteroperability for information exchange: protocols, schemes, ontologies, topologies, semantic translations and common definitions of contentPlatforms and systems for secure exchange of informationTechniques to facilitate the exchange of information between non interoperable information systemsTechnology Impact, Acceptance, IntegrationAssessment of user acceptanceData protection, Fundamental Rights and Social Impact related to the use of technologies at the borderErgonomic impacts of use of technology at the borderHuman-system optimisationMethods for diffusing and integrating new technologyModelling and simulation capabilities for border control (virtual environments)