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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.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/law
  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electronic engineering/robotics/autonomous robots/drones
  • /social sciences/social and economic geography/transport
  • /engineering and technology/mechanical engineering/vehicle engineering/aerospace engineering/aircraft

Call for proposal

H2020-BES-2015
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

TECHNIKON FORSCHUNGS- UND PLANUNGSGESELLSCHAFT MBH
Address
Burgplatz 3A
9500 Villach
Austria
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 376 000

Participants (8)

NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 799 706,25
Address
Anna Van Buerenplein 1
2595 DA Den Haag
Activity type
Research Organisations
INOV INSTITUTO DE ENGENHARIA DE SISTEMAS E COMPUTADORES, INOVACAO
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 568 750
Address
Rua De Alves Redol 9
1000-029 Lisboa
Activity type
Research Organisations
THALES NEDERLAND BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 736 750
Address
Zuidelijke Havenweg 40
7554 RR Hengelo Ov
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ENGINEERING - INGEGNERIA INFORMATICA SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 628 750
Address
Piazzale Dell'agricoltura 24
00144 Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
MINISTERIO DA ADMINISTRACAO INTERNA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 242 500
Address
Rua Capelo 11
1249-110 Lisboa
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
ATOS SPAIN SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 607 750
Address
Calle De Albarracin 25
28037 Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET BRAUNSCHWEIG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 494 875
Address
Universitaetsplatz 2
38106 Braunschweig
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
MINISTERIO DEL INTERIOR
Spain
EU contribution
€ 158 750
Address
Calle Amador De Los Rios 7
28071 Madrid
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)