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autonomous swarm of heterogeneous RObots for BORDER surveillance

Project description

Intelligent robots for border protection

The complexity of threats faced by border authorities and law enforcement agencies across Europe limits their efficiency in patrolling and safeguarding the borders. Although there are several research tools and efforts targeting these areas independently, border authorities lack an intelligent and unique solution. The EU-funded ROBORDER project aims to develop and demonstrate a fully functional autonomous border surveillance system. The system will use unmanned mobile robots, including aerial, water surface, underwater, and ground vehicles that will operate both independently and in swarms, incorporating additional sensors as part of an interoperable network. Moreover, it will utilise adaptable sensing and robotic technologies capable of operating in various settings. The project will focus on developing detection capabilities for illegal activities and hazardous incidents.


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.

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Net EU contribution
€ 819 617,29
57001 Thermi Thessaloniki

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Βόρεια Ελλάδα Κεντρική Μακεδονία Θεσσαλονίκη
Activity type
Research Organisations
Total cost
€ 819 617,50

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