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Autonomous maritime surveillance system

Autonomous maritime surveillance system

Objective

The Autonomous Maritime Surveillance System (AMASS) will be for the observation and security of wide critical maritime areas in order to reduce actual and potential illegal immigration and the trafficking of drugs, weapons and illicit substances. The surveillance system will consist of autonomous, unmanned surveillance buoys with active and passive sensors, the key sensors being un-cooled thermal imagers connected as a network with wideband radio. Further sensors will include hydrophone arrays and possibly other sensors e.g. CCD camera. A sophisticated data fusion process will enable the transmission of relevant information. Alarms from the system will be displayed on a map system in blue border surveillance command centres providing information on location and direction. It will also be possible for the operator to switch directly to a video stream to view the detected image. AMASS will be a capability for integrated blue border surveillance. In order to realise this system a number of advances in the state of the art are required such as the development of stable autonomous maritime platforms and “Hot Spot” detection in the difficult maritime environment. The consortium includes the European market leader for optronic border surveillance technology, 4 SMEs, 1 University, 3 Institutes (including one charged with the search and rescue control network coordination for the Canary Islands) and one national armed forces responsible for border protection.
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Coordinator

CARL ZEISS OPTRONICS GMBH

Address

Carl-Zeiss-Strasse 22
73447 Oberkochen

Germany

Activity type

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

EU Contribution

€ 638 809,16

Administrative Contact

Thomas Anderson (Mr.)

Participants (9)

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Crabbe Consulting Ltd

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 119 484,14

Armed Forces Malta

Malta

EU Contribution

€ 97 650

INSTITUTO CANARIO DE CIENCIAS MARINAS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 592 812,50

FUGRO OCEANOR AS

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 366 469

OSRODEK BADAWCZO-ROZWOJOWY CENTRUM TECHNIKI MORSKIEJ SPOLKA AKCYJNA

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 130 589,80

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 629 000

IQ wireless GmbH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 492 140

HSF spol. s r.o. Sokolov

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 176 721,60

UNIVERSIDAD DE LAS PALMAS DE GRAN CANARIA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 206 784

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 218290

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 March 2008

  • End date

    31 August 2011

Funded under:

FP7-SECURITY

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 465 308,86

  • EU contribution

    € 3 450 460,20

Coordinated by:

CARL ZEISS OPTRONICS GMBH

Germany