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Search And Rescue Aid and Surveillance using High EGNSS Accuracy

Objective

SARA: Search and Rescue Aid using High Accuracy EGNSS

The purpose of the SARA project is to engineer and to start to commercialise a dedicated solution, based on an already existing prototype, to be used for Search and Rescue (SAR) and Surveillance purposes (primary market).
The need for such a solution comes in particular from the institutional market (but it is not limited to) requesting a technological support to manage migration flux aspects, with particular attention to crisis in the Mediterranean Sea: Europe needs to balances efforts to assist people in need with efforts to secure its borders.
On the basis of the above scenario, the industrial composition of the SARA consortium has been contacted by Italian Coast Guard two years ago in order to provide a technological contribution supporting vessels to detect people lost in the sea, especially during the hours of darkness.

According to the above request, SARA solution is conceived to build up a semi-automatic system using Earth Observation data to preliminary detect suspect pontoons’ trajectories (Surveillance) and supporting SAR operations based upon a deployable RPAS (Remotely Piloted Aircraft System) which is tightly coupled with a ship architecture through a cable (tethered flight): as soon as its function is needed, the aircraft flies from its home (a dedicated hangar on the top of the ship), and becomes a “virtual pylon” which elevates a VIS-TIR sensor (Visual Spectrum and Thermal Infrared); captured images are processed in real time by a local computer. Both RPAS and hangar are equipped with 2 high accuracy EGNSS receivers (i.e. Galileo ready) in order to provide the relative positioning between the hangar and the RPAS hovering on the target.

On this context, EGNSS represents an essential technology ensuring autonomous operations in a reliable manner guaranteeing provision of distance and bearing from ship to survivors and the protection of the extensible cable against mechanical stress.

Call for proposal

H2020-GALILEO-GSA-2017-1
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Coordinator

SISTEMATICA SPA
Address
Viale Di Val Fiorita N. 88
00144 Roma
Italy
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 411 346,25

Participants (6)

AKADEMIA MORSKA W SZCZECINIE AM
Poland
EU contribution
€ 129 050
Address
Waly Chrobrego 1/2
70 500 Szczecin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TOPVIEW SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 382 703,13
Address
Via Pertini 25
81020 San Nicola La Strada
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI FIRENZE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 101 162,50
Address
Piazza San Marco 4
50121 Florence
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
AARHUS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 89 633,75
Address
Nordre Ringgade 1
8000 Aarhus C
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
BUSINESS INTEGRATION PARTNERS BELGIUM
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 160 650
Address
Avenue Des Arts 56
1000 Bruxelles
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EURODEV BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 181 037,50
Address
Windmolen 22
7609NN Almelo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)