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Frontex Thematic Industry Days: Airborne Maritime Surveillance Solutions


Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, and national authorities are increasingly relying on airborne surveillance to better monitor what is happening at Europe’s maritime borders. To ensure that experts from Frontex and Member States are aware of the latest developments in airborne maritime surveillance, we will hold virtual Thematic Industry Days on 26-27 January 2021 to explore and assess innovative solutions in this field.

We are looking for state of the art products and services available on the market, as well as innovations able to cover multiple and complex operational scenarios. At the same time, it is crucial to ensure that related technologies are cost-effective and operationally efficient.

The main categories of interest are:

  • un/manned airborne platforms (RPAS, aerostats, aircraft or combined) able to carry out maritime surveillance, search and rescue);
  • maritime surveillance sensors: electro-optics, radar sensors, AIS and mobile phone detection equipment;
  • command and control software able to integrate sensors and data from multiple assets. Data fusion and analytics from land, airborne, sensors and third party data sources and
  • beyond line-of-sight encrypted wideband communications.

Interested industry representatives are invited to apply by completing the following online form: Application form.

Applications are open until Monday, 11 January 2021. All received applications will undergo a process of evaluation based on their relevance and novelty. Clear and comprehensive solutions tailored for the needs of the EBCG community are of paramount importance.

The outcome of the evaluation process will be announced by 15 January 2021.

The event is scheduled to take place on 26-27 January 2021.

The presentations and subsequent discussions will be held via the Cisco Webex platform.

Each presenter will have approx. 40 minutes (which includes 30 minutes to present the solution and 10 minutes for participants’ questions and answers).

We are looking forward to receiving your applications!

Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, is governed by Regulation (EU) 2019/1896 of 13 November 2019.  The agency promotes, coordinates and develops European border management in line with the EU fundamental rights charter and the concept of Integrated Border Management.

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