Ongoing border security research projects, Horizon 2020, WP 2016


Maritime Integrated Surveillance Awareness



Timeline:1 May 2017 - 31 Oct 2019


Coordinator: LEONARDO (IT) 


Short description:

The overarching goal of the MARISA project is to provide security communities operating at sea with a data fusion toolkit, which makes available a suite of methods, techniques and modules to correlate and fuse various heterogeneous and homogeneous data and information from different sources, including Internet and social networks, with the aim to improve information exchange, situational awareness, decision-making and reaction capabilities.

The proposed solution will provide mechanisms to get insights from any big data source, perform analysis of a variety of data based on geographical and spatial representation, use techniques to search for typical and new patterns that identify possible connections between events, explore predictive analysis models to represent the effect of relationships of observed object at sea. Enterprise and ad-hoc reporting and services, will be provided to support users and operational systems in their daily activities, as well as presentation tools for navigating and visualizing results of data fusion processing.

The involvement of five practitioners as full partners will allow on the one hand to align innovation to user needs, on the other hand to validate the toolkit through a number of trials addressing cross country/cross domain applications.



C2 Advanced Multi-domain Environment and Live Observation Technologies



Timeline: 01 May 2017 - 30 April 2020


Coordinator: TEKEVER

Rua das Musas 3.30
1990-164 Lisboa


Short description:

The creation of the Schengen area has been one of the major achievements of the EU. However, this agreement requires countries to cooperate tightly in order to keep a high level of security at their internal borders, as well as to share the responsibility of managing external borders.

Such a variety of borders (land, sea and air) and current challenges requires a consistent approach to border surveillance, based on a plethora of heterogeneous assets. These can be manned or unmanned, ranging from sensors (optical, radar, IR) to unmanned platforms (UAV, UGV, USV or UUV), and need to be combined to offer an integrated situational picture of the area under surveillance and of their location.

 In order to effectively control their operation and manage the large amounts of data collected by them, new approaches for command and control need to be considered, allowing efficient interaction between the operator and the different assets in the field.

CAMELOT proposes to develop and demonstrate different advanced command and control service modules for multiple platform domains, based on a SOA architecture that specifies internal and external interfaces, allowing the development of a modular and scalable command and control station, customisable to the user needs. This architecture can be based on results of previous studies and work or open architectures that may prove more suitable and the interfaces can take advantage of the standardisation work that has been done already.

After the definition, CAMELOT partners will prototype service modules according to their expertise, background individual technologies and practitioner needs. These will be integrated progressively in specific testing along the project. This prototype development approach will culminate in 2 final demonstrations involving end users and relevant stakeholders, to achieve a maturity of TRL6 (for most individual technologies supporting the functionalities for border surveillance) and an IRL of 7 for CAMELOT.




Autonomous swarm of heterogeneous RObots for BORDER surveillance



Timeline: 1 May 2017 - 30 April 2020





Rua das Musas 3.30
1990-164 Lisboa


Short description:

Border authorities and Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) across Europe face important challenges in how they patrol and protect the borders. Their work becomes more problematic considering the heterogeneity of threats, the wideness of the surveyed area, the adverse weather conditions and the wide range of terrains.

Although there are several research tools and works targeting these areas independently for border surveillance, nowadays border authorities do not have access to an intelligent holistic solution providing all aforementioned functionalities.

Towards delivering such a solution, ROBORDER aims at developing and demonstrating a fully-functional autonomous border surveillance system with unmanned mobile robots including aerial, water surface, underwater and ground vehicles, capable of functioning both as standalone and in swarms, which will incorporate multimodal sensors as part of an interoperable network.

The system will be equipped with adaptable sensing and robotic technologies that can operate in a wide range of operational and environmental settings. To provide a complete and detailed situational awareness picture that supports highly efficient operations, the network of sensors will include static networked sensors such as border surveillance radars, as well as mobile sensors customised and installed on board unmanned vehicles.

To succeed implementing an operational solution, a number of supplementary technologies will also be applied that will enable the establishment of robust communication links between the command and control unit and the heterogeneous robots. On top of this, detection capabilities for early identification of criminal activities and hazardous incidents will be developed. This information will be forwarded to the command and control unit that will enable the integration of large volumes of heterogeneous sensor data and the provision of a quick overview of the situation at a glance to the operators, supporting them in their decisions.



SMart mobILity at the European land borders



Timeline: July 2017 - June 2020



Information Technologies Institute
Centre of Research & Technology

Building A - Office 1.1 A
6th km Xarilaou - Thermi, 57001, Thessaloniki, Greece


Short description:

SMILE proposes a novel mobility concept, using privacy by design principles, that will enable low cost secure exchange and processing of biometric data, addressing in parallel the aforementioned challenges by designing, implementing and evaluating in relevant environments (TRL6) prototype management architecture, for the accurate verification, automated control, monitoring and optimization of people’ flows at Land Border Infrastructures.

It leverages the capabilities of the smart mobile devices in biometric control for secure and trusted authentication, and elaborates on their exploitation as part of a multimodal biometric verification process that supplements / complements existing approaches. Furthermore, SMILE’s mobility concept builds upon Private Cloud Infrastructure technologies which communicate with remote SMILE handhelds through a secure gateway. SMILE project will focus on the research of several technological solutions which cover any part of a BCP control system and are able to work individually or as a whole. The major scope of the SMILE approach is to provide a palette of cost effective and easy to be installed or adapted modules, in order to support the increased needs of EU Land Border Infrastructures.


Provide efficient, hierarchical (weak and strong) and unobtrusive, on-the-move security control

Introduction of the concept of biometrics based pre-registration

To introduce mobile equipment and Extension of eElectronics services for BCP checks

Development of a robust context-aware biometric authentication framework

Robust multi-factor and multimodal authentication system for BCP cases, enhanced by soft biometrics

To propose and develop services running on BCPs that will enable their interconnection in a secure, interoperable and secure manner

Provide legal guidelines that should be adopted and taking into account for further designing and delivering of BCP-related technologies

To create a scalable and holistic paradigm for secure inner and cross-border data exchange, storage and overall handling of travellers data in a legal and ethical way both at national and European levels

To provide a detailed comparative study, about the cost reduction that achieved by each SMILE technology in relation to the offered improvement in BCPs operation

Demonstration, Validation, and Evaluation of the SMILE BCP equipment in the context of a real BCP

SMILE technologies innovation, exploitation management and cost benefit analysis