In June 2020 in a virtual three-day meeting the new research project BORDER UAS to improve border surveillance was kicked off.
Nineteen organizations from 12 European countries, including Belarus joined forces for a new project on technologies which enhance border and external security. The project will combine for the first time a multi-role lighter-than-air (LTA) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with an ultra-high-resolution multi-sensor surveillance payload supporting border surveillance, search & rescue applications and specifically rough terrain detection.
BORDER UAS is a Research and Innovation Action project that focuses on an interdisciplinary approach to develop the promised results encouraging a joined effort by researchers, industry, suppliers and end-users. The objective of the project is to optimize the surveillance systems in the European Borders developing an innovative yet cost benefit solution. The final solution of the project will lead to a system that will be deployed further by the European border police even after the end of the project.
During the first meeting, more than 40 participants from Spain, Croatia, Italy, Serbia, Cyprus, Greece, Romania, Bulgaria, Moldova, Ukraine, Belarus and Malta were able to establish initial contacts and offer recommendations to facilitate the implementation of the project. In addition to the emphasis on innovation, the project partners face an important task to take into account the research and ethical and legal aspects of the use of new technologies.
Interakcia Foundation and the State Border Committee represent Belarus in the consortium. The Interakcia Foundation participates in the implementation of communication activities on the territory of Belarus, and, with the support of human rights experts, is responsible for involving other non-governmental organizations working with issues of illegal migration and protection of human rights in the project.
The project coordinator is the Spanish company Vicomtech. The BorderUAS project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme with a total amount of about 7 Million Euro.