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Advanced Low Flying Aircrafts Detection and Tracking

Advanced Low Flying Aircrafts Detection and Tracking

Objective

The last decades witnessed the ever growing effectiveness of Europe-subsidized border protection projects like SIVE and SIVICC. As maritime smuggling from Morocco towards the European borders of Portugal and Spain was combatted more effectively, the criminal modus operandi changed drastically, approaching air routes with cheap and small planes. New drone technology opens opportunity to both manned and unmanned airborne drug transports. Launched from any location and moving at low altitude and speed to mask their presence with the present clutter environment, drones can autonomously reach any landing site under nearly all circumstances.
The ALFA system bridges this detection capability gap by drastically improving the situational awareness through the detection of LSS (Low, Small and Slow) manned and unmanned aircraft. ALFA is future-ready as technologies for drone detection will be a part of the system, which will use heterogeneous, easy-to-deploy mobile sensors based on several novel technologies. All sensor data, augmented by other existing sources of information, will be combined using evolved data fusion, providing accurate positional data for targets including eventual indication of the air vehicle type and reliable prediction of its landing site. This information will be communicated to the regional law enforcement units using a secure communication link and mobile device application, drastically improving the reaction time.
Final ALFA capabilities will be demonstrated in a realistic operational context using relevant targets and in close cooperation with two principal end users taking part in the consortium. With their active participation, the ALFA system will make a significant contribution to the development of EUROSUR (in particular, cooperating with SIVE and SIVICC) and be suitable for a range of other missions and scenarios such as homeland and event protection and the protection of critical infrastructure.

Coordinator

TECHNIKON FORSCHUNGS- UND PLANUNGSGESELLSCHAFT MBH

Address

Burgplatz 3a
9500 Villach

Austria

Activity type

Other

EU Contribution

€ 376 000

Participants (8)

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NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 799 706,25

INOV INESC INOVACAO - INSTITUTO DE NOVAS TECNOLOGIAS

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 568 750

THALES NEDERLAND BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 736 750

ENGINEERING - INGEGNERIA INFORMATICA SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 628 750

MINISTERIO DA ADMINISTRACAO INTERNA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 242 500

ATOS SPAIN SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 607 750

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET BRAUNSCHWEIG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 494 875

MINISTERIO DEL INTERIOR

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 158 750

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 700002

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 January 2017

  • End date

    31 December 2019

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.7.

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 613 831,25

  • EU contribution

    € 4 613 831,25

Coordinated by:

TECHNIKON FORSCHUNGS- UND PLANUNGSGESELLSCHAFT MBH

Austria