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Enhanced border safety and security for European citizens

The European Border Surveillance System (Eurosur) equips Member States with tools to prevent crime at EU borders and save migrants' lives. An EU initiative helped strengthen Eurosur by providing global monitoring for environment and security support.
Enhanced border safety and security for European citizens
Thanks to its EU border surveillance service, Eurosur supports the European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders of the Member States of the European Union (FRONTEX) in monitoring the Schengen Area's external borders. Space-based services can greatly enhance the border surveillance capability of Eurosur.

With this in mind, the EU-funded LOBOS (Low time critical border surveillance) project set out to deliver mapping and preoperational services for border, port and coastal surveillance.

Using EU projects involved in border surveillance as a basis, project partners developed five preoperational services that are in line with the relevant services of the Concept of Operations (CONOPS). Created by FRONTEX and other agencies, this key document summarises services foreseen by users to cover a set of operational needs in border surveillance. The two reference scenarios are punctual monitoring of third-country ports and coasts and monitoring pre-frontier land areas.

Through user feedback, the team summarised and refined CONOPS requirements involving products, services, accuracy and precision. Specifically, the five services are in the areas of punctual monitoring of neighbouring third-country ports and beaches, port and coastal monitoring, reference mapping and updates, new ambient land features alert, and punctual monitoring of immediate pre-frontier or third-country-specific locations. Three versions of these preoperational services were successfully tested and validated. They were then delivered to FRONTEX, which approved the preoperational border surveillance service capabilities.

Thanks to LOBOS, FRONTEX and border management authorities can improve situational awareness. It will ultimately help save the lives of those who put themselves in danger to reach Europe's shores, prevent cross-border crimes, and detect and provide assistance to migrant boats in distress.

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Border safety, border surveillance, Eurosur, FRONTEX, preoperational services
Record Number: 180925 / Last updated on: 2016-03-30
Domain: IT, Telecommunications