Research and Innovation

Invitation to Frontex online Industry Days 6-10 December 2021


Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency will hold a week of meetings with industry from 6 to 10 December 2021. The Frontex I-Days will feature live discussions and industry presentations facilitated through an online showcase platform.

The Frontex I-Days allow industry representatives to share the latest technological developments, state-of-the-art and innovative solutions for border security, and showcase their products and services to the end-user community of Member States’ border authorities and Frontex experts. The aim of the I-Days is to create a forum to freely discuss these innovations among all participants.

Feeding into Thematic Industry Days, the following border management capabilities will be of particular interest and focus:

  • Innovative, cost-efficient, long-endurance, Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems capable of take-off and landing in constrained spaces i.e. VTOL.
  • Deployable, autonomous solutions for border surveillance.
  • Solutions for law enforcement, portable and mobile equipment used in field mission operations, Evidence Data Recording, data storage and data streaming capabilities i.e. body-worn equipment, land terrain vehicle and maritime vessel cameras etc.
  • Solutions for safe detection and identification of hidden persons or illicit goods inside vehicles, ships, or containers.

If your company is interested in showcasing a technological innovation at the Frontex I-Days virtually, please follow this link to a dedicated form, sign up and submit a detailed description of your proposal no later than 19 November 2021. 

Industry proposals will be offered 25 minutes for each presentation, including Q&A and open discussions.

Submissions to attend will undergo an assessment process based on the solution’s novelty, relevance, and interest to the border guard community. Selected solutions will be notified and further guided on the next steps and technical arrangements.

All relevant proposals, whether selected or not, will be made available on a dedicated online platform (marketplace) accessible to all the attendees. Industry representatives will be notified on how to proceed. 

Please note also that if you have already submitted your application via the online form after January 2021, it will automatically enter in the process as described, and you only need to re-submit your proposal if there is an update on or development of your solution.

The weekly agenda will be shaped as follows:

  • Day 1 and 2 – General I-Days, generally selected novel and relevant solutions;
  • Day 3, 4 and 5 (depending on number of selections) – Thematic I-Days, selection from the above-mentioned capabilities in focus.

Frontex assists EU Member States in supporting the development of modern technologies for the border and coast guard community. As part of its mandate, Frontex regularly meets with industry, researchers and experts from Member States to provide a platform for discussion and help develop new technologies and innovations related to border control. These so-called Industry Days allow for a transparent procedure of consultations with industry representatives. Frontex regularly informs about such meetings on its website.

The agency has developed a Transparency Register to ensure that there is transparency as regards to contacts with industry. All meetings and contacts of the Executive Director, Deputy Executive Directors and Heads of Divisions in matters concerning procurement procedures and tenders for services, equipment or outsourced projects and studies are registered in this tool.

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