Frontex, the European Border and
Coast Guard Agency, will hold a competition in an operational scenario for
technical solutions to detect low-flying objects crossing the border.
The use of such low flying
objects to smuggle goods into the EU is an emerging problem at the EU external
land borders. Border guards need to be able to detect low-flying objects
crossing the border and intercept them or track them down to their landing location
inside the EU territory.
Three companies will be selected
and invited to deploy and operate their technical solutions in a real life scenario.
During the test, which will take place at an EU external border, low flying
objects will be used by Frontex to evaluate the performance of the proposed
A panel composed of Frontex and national
officials will assess the performance of the proposed technologies. The
final scoring will also take into account the
solution’s cost efficiency and its foot print size and complexity. The
winner will receive a prize of EUR 250 000. The prize for
the second place is EUR 150 000 and the prize for the third place is EUR
- Public restricted procurement: July 2019
Selection of participants: November 2019
Live trial: April 2020
For inquiries please contact
Frontex Research and Innovation