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DURATION: 1 May 2019 – 30 April 2021


FOCUS AREA: platform integration, mission system, command and control, border surveillance, maritime surveillance, unmanned systems, data fusion

In order to address the challenges of irregular migration and narco-trafficking, the COMPASS2020 project aims to demonstrate the combined use and seamless coordination of manned and unmanned assets to achieve greater coverage, better quality of information and shorter response times in maritime surveillance operations. The proposed solution will be based on an innovative Concept of Operations, which makes use of multiple aerial and underwater unmanned vehicles with improved capabilities, deployed from Offshore Patrol Vessels or from land. The vehicles will be supported by a central, multi-domain and interoperable Command and Control system, which will enable the operation of these platforms from both locations. The unmanned platforms may act as deported ship sensors that are providing critical mission data to the MS, which can then be exploited through adequate tasks to be developed in the scope of the project (e.g. Data Fusion and Threat Risk Analysis). The major goal of COMPASS2020 is to demonstrate an operational solution to ensure long range and persistent surveillance, increasing the situational awareness of coast guards and maritime authorities.

Research topics:

  • proposal of an innovative and cost effective concept of operations for manned and unmanned assets for maritime surveillance
  • deployment of a Mission System  (C2) capable of integrating data from manned assets as well as from UxVs (aerial and underwater)
  • assess and improve the current capabilities of UxVs for maritime operations, including the launch and recovery systems and development of innovative sensors
  • development of software tools capable of increasing the Mission System capabilities, including data fusion and threat risk analysis techniques, as well as automatic tasking for UxV fleets

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 833650

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