Perseus Has Started

The European project Perseus, coordinated by Indra, to develop and test maritime surveillance systems in the UE for  € 43.7 M has started.

  • The new solution will integrate existing national and trans-national systems and will incorporate cutting-edge technologies, such as detection of small vessels and low flying targets
  •  The new common maritime information sharing environment will benefit National Coordination Centres, Frontex and the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA).
  • Indra will coordinate the work of the 29 partners from 12 countries in a project which is the flagship of maritime security within the VII Framework Programme of the European Union

 The Perseus project (Protection of European BoRders and Seas through the IntElligent Use of Surveillance), led by Indra, has already started. Its purpose is to provide protection to the European seas and borders with smart use of technologies. The pilot, with a budget of € 43.7 M and an execution period of four years, is one of the most significant initiatives within the 7th Framework Programme of the EC and will be the flagship of R&D in the maritime security segment.

Perseus addresses the call for an integrated European system for maritime border control. Its purpose is to build and demonstrate an EU maritime surveillance system integrating existing national and communitarian installations and enhancing them with innovative technologies. By means of two large scale demonstrations Perseus will prove its feasibility and will set the standards and grounds for the future development of EU maritime surveillance systems. Indra will undertake the coordination of the consortium comprising 29 partners from 12 member countries of the EU, almost all those states with Southern maritime borders.

The new maritime surveillance system is expected to increase the effectiveness of the current systems by creating a common maritime information sharing environment for the benefit of the network including National Coordination Centres, Frontex and the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA). This system-of-systems will use all the information provided by the European and national agencies. The data will be integrated and processed for better quality, thus obtaining filtered, reliable and more useful information.

The project also envisages collaboration with non European countries and international agencies such as NATO or the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), among others.

The solution will provide a description of the situation from coastal areas to the open seas in real time. It will also improve and automate detection and identification of suspicious or non-colaborative vessels, facilitating decision-making and reducing the response time of authorities. Besides this, it will facilitate assistance and coordination of interception and rescue at sea and will improve efficiency.

Non-stop avant-garde technology

Perseus will incorporate technological innovations regarding detection and analysis applied to maritime security, particularly for the detection of low flying targets and small vessels.

Multiple sensors and sources of information will be incorporated in the system. It will be adapted continuously to new technologies, so that solutions employed at national level-SIVE, SPATIONAV and others-and European initiatives of the Frontex Agency, Eurosur, DG Mare, etc, can be integrated. The system will also employ technologies and capabilities under development by other projects of the EU, including other segments such as Space.

Participation of maritime security authorities

Maritime security authorities such as the Guardia Civil Española, The French Ministry of Interior, the Hellenic Coast Guard and the Navy from Greece as well as other authorities from Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Finland, Romania and Morocco will also participate in the project. These agencies will be involved in two large-scale demonstrations regarding immigration and illegal trafficking control.

The first demonstration will take place in 2013 within the Western Mediterranean Basin from the Atlantic approach to Italy and North Western Africa. The second one is scheduled for 2014 and will be conducted in the area of the Aegean Sea and Samos Island channel, potentially including an extension up to the Black Sea.

Based on the results, Perseus will define the technical standards and recommendations for the future European integrated maritime border control system, emerging as its point of reference. A broad community of users, with different level of participation in the project will evaluate the system and validate that it complies with their requeriments.

Leadership in coastal surveillance systems in Europe

Indra is a leading company in the development and start up of coastal surveillance systems in Europe with references in Spain, Portugal, Latvia and Rumania; and Hong Kong outside Europe. The company is also at the forefront in the management of land borders and airport police control with solutions such as the cutting-edge system for quick access implemented in Madrid-Barajas and Barcelona-El Prat airports.

Indra is the premier Information Technology company in Spain and a leading IT multinational in Europe and Latin America. It is ranked as the second European company in its sector according to investment in R&D with nearly € 500 M during the last three years. In 2010 revenues reached € 2,557 M of which a 40% came from the international market. The company employs more than 30,000 professionals and has clients in more than 100 countries.

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