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RANGER: RAdars for loNG distance maritime surveillancE and SaR opeRations

RANGER: RAdars for loNG distance maritime surveillancE and SaR opeRations

Objective

EU trade, transport, tourism and economic development are directly dependent on open and safe seas and oceans. EU's maritime borders are widely spread including various topologies from open sea to semi-enclosed cabins with islands and islets. This poses great challenges that affect securing maritime border areas. Failing to protect against a wide array of maritime threats and risks may result in these areas becoming arenas for international conflicts, terrorism or organized crime, where smuggling, irregular immigration and drug trafficking are the most common ones. RANGER aims at re-enforcing EU by combining innovative Radar technologies with novel technological solutions for early warning, in view of delivering a surveillance platform offering detection, recognition, identification and tracking of suspicious vessels, capabilities exceeding current radar systems. It will be a platform, consisting of 2 radar technologies, a novel Over-The-Horizon Radar combined with a Multiple Input Multiple Output one implemented exploiting the latest photonics advancements, and an Early Warning System exploiting deep and adaptable machine learning schemes able to Automatically detect radar Targets. It safeguards seamless fitting and interoperability with CISE (enhanced maritime surveillance and cross border SaR operations), through the development of a CISE translation Gateway, exporting on-demand CISE services directly to end-users, by strengthening the information exchange between national authorities and the European Agency. RANGER leverages the experience of its consortium, a balanced blend of technology providers, domain experts and end-users, delivering a cost efficient, environmental friendly solution, abiding to regulations and legislation for the protection of human lives. Two pilot exercises are foreseen to thoroughly assess RANGER’s ability to deliver on its promises, enhancing its potential to become a flagship platform for the European Maritime Surveillance industry.

Coordinator

EXUS SOFTWARE LTD

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Old Broad Street 25 Tower 42
Ec2n 1pb London

United Kingdom

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 910 375

Participants (9)

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DIGINEXT

France

EU Contribution

€ 1 846 625

INSTITUTE OF COMMUNICATION AND COMPUTER SYSTEMS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 937 375

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET DRESDEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 823 125

LAUREA-AMMATTIKORKEAKOULU OY

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 474 750

LEONARDO - SOCIETA PER AZIONI

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 1 346 750

TELESTO TECHNOLOGIES PLIROFORIKIS KAI EPIKOINONION EPE

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 321 875

NATO SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY ORGANISATION

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 586 250

MINISTRY OF NATIONAL DEFENCE, GREECE

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 408 750

MINISTERE DE L'ECOLOGIE DU DEVELOPPEMENT DURABLE DES TRANSPORTS ET DU LOGEMENT

France

EU Contribution

€ 336 437,50

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 700478

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 May 2016

  • End date

    31 October 2019

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.7.

  • Overall budget:

    € 7 992 312,50

  • EU contribution

    € 7 992 312,50

Coordinated by:

EXUS SOFTWARE LTD

United Kingdom