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    BorderUAS: Semi-autonomous border surveillance platform combining next generation unmanned aerial vehicles with ultra-high-resolution multi-sensor surveillance payload

    June 2020 – May 2023

    This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 883272.

    Budget: € 6 997 332,5 (EU contribution).

    Interakcia is one of the 19 consortium partners (research institutions, producers, state border control bodies, NGOs) that come from Spain, Croatia, Italy, Serbia, Cyprus, Greece, Romania, Bulgaria, Moldova, Ukraine, Belarus, and Malta.

    Project website: https://borderuas.eu/

    The project aims to create an innovative multi-role lighter-than-air (LTA) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with an ultra-high resolution multi-sensor system that will increase effectiveness, lower the cost and revisit the time of border surveillance operations, especially on the rough terrain and under extreme weather conditions.

    The combined solution will provide high coverage, resolution and revisit time with a lower cost (4 EUR/kg/hr) than satellites and higher endurance (100 kg payload for 12 hours) than drones.

    Project objectives:
    To develop a prototype of a multi-role lighter-than-air (LTA) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with an integrated ultra-high resolution multi-sensor surveillance payload
    To involve human rights organizations to the study of ethical and legal aspects of using the new technology.
    To validate the new technological product in the field in three border locations: Belarus/Ukraine, Romania/Moldova, and Greece/Bulgaria. These areas cover 3 major illegal migration routes into Europe (Eastern Mediterranean, Western Balkan and Eastern Borders Routes), which represent 58% of all illegal border crossings detected and are also the most used for smuggling of drugs, weapons and stolen vehicles.
    To create a strategy for further promotion and commercial use of the new solution on the markets of the EU and other countries.
    Interakcia's role in the project:
    To support communication strategy of the project in Belarus and among Russian-speaking populations of other partner countries.
    To ensure involvement of human rights experts to the investigation of ethical and legal aspects of using new border surveillance technologies
    To conduct a series of workshops for human rights NGOs from the EU and neighbor countries to discuss illegal migration, protection of personal data and other ethical and legal aspects of the project.