BOREAL in a European project aimed at improving the safety and security of European ports

M3 Systems Belgium , sister company of BOREAL SAS, is a member of the consortium of the European PASSport project aiming to design a solution based on fixed / rotary wing drones and submarines to improve safety and security in port areas.

The need stems from Directive 2005/65/EC requiring the completion of surveillance systems for the entire port area, in order to improve the safety and security of daily operations there (about a thousand European ports fall within the scope application of this directive).

The proposed solution is intended to complement the platforms already operational by extending the surveillance perimeter using a fleet of drones.
to provide innovation and operational support to the recognition, management and analysis of the safety and security aspects of daily operations with particular attention to:

  • Pollution monitoring (safety)
  • Support for electronic navigation (safety)
  • Protection of critical buildings / infrastructures (security)
  • Protection against uncooperative small craft approaching port areas (security)
  • Underwater Threat Monitoring (Security)

The project should lead to a marketable product based on the novelty represented by the use of a fleet of semi-automated drones integrating Galileo services (and other sensors) for safe guidance, navigation and control (GNC) and effective, even in a harsh environment, in the presence of obstacles – including buildings and other ground assets – and potentially adverse weather conditions.

M3 Systems Belgium will be in charge of integrating a BOREAL ISR drone for the demonstration required in a French port. In addition to the ISR payload, it is also planned to perform GNSS IQ collection for GNSS signal quality assessment for port applications.

Consortium members:

SISTEMATICA SPA; UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI FIRENZE; DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUER LUFT – UND RAUMFAHRT EV; GMV AEROSPACE AND DEFENSE SA; FUNDACIO EURECAT; DIGI ONE srl; G7 INTERNATIONAL SRL; AKADEMIA MORSKA W SZCZECINIE AM; BM BERGMANN-MARINE; AUTHORITA »PORTUALE DEL PORTO DI GIOIA TAURO; FUNDACION DE LA COMUNIDAD VALENCIANA PARA LA INVESTIGACION, PROMOCION Y ESTUDIOS COMERCIALES DE VALENCIAPORT; DEEP BLUE SRL; CENTER FOR STUDIES AND EXPERTISE ON RISKS, ENVIRONMENT, MOBILITY AND PLANNING; ALCINA; M3 SYSTEMS BELGIUM

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