As part of its research and innovation activities, Frontex studies the availability and readiness of technology for integrated border management. The agency - in cooperation with Member States, industry and internal stakeholders - aims to identify technical solutions that could address operational needs, establish their readiness to be integrated and tested in a real operational scenario, and then make recommendations for introducing these solutions in the field.
To test potential solutions and assess their capabilities as well as identify future needs, Frontex organises demonstrations of technology, conducts technical feasibility studies and runs pilot projects at all types of border.
Some of the Agency’s main activities and products in the area of technology assessment include:
- Tests and demonstrations of technologies for border control;
- Technical feasibility studies;
- Examining emerging technologies and their readiness to respond to specific needs;
- Identifying capability needs;
- Facilitating working groups and workshops to exchange views;
- Reporting on current practices for technology acquisition and deployment as well as presenting recommendations for EU-sponsored research.