Prize contest identifies 10 innovative solutions to detect, track and identify low flying objects

Border Security Report received 21 proposals in response to a Prize Award Contest announced following an industry challenge by Frontex to source innovative and cost-efficient solutions to detect, track and identify low flying objects in December 2022. The security journal has revealed 10 laureates in a phased selection process. According to the journal:

“Frontex’ first Prize Award aims to encourage the development of innovative concepts and technological solutions to detect, track and identify low flying objects (LFO) crossing EU borders. These include a broad set of aerial platforms that operate in low-level airspace from piloted ultralight and conventional aircraft to remotely piloted aircraft systems. The additional challenge was to propose new cost-efficient, scalable, and integrated capabilities, aligned with the needs and requirements of the European border and coast guard community.

“A total of 21 proposals were submitted to the contest’s first phase, originating from 11 EU countries: France, Germany, Greece, Sweden, Poland, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Lithuania, Estonia, Croatia, Netherlands. At this initial stage, the participants furnished a white paper outlining their proposed concepts, accompanied by a description of technological solutions for detecting LFOs at the EU land borders.

“Overall, the submitted proposals met and exceeded the evaluation criteria defined in the rules of contest, presenting comprehensive innovative multi-layer and multi-sensor architectures, with various active and passive detection systems that, when combined, have the potential to detect various types of LFOs.

“After careful consideration and assessment by the Evaluation Committee, we are pleased to present, the top 10 best-ranked proposals which were submitted by the companies below, listed in in alphabetical order:

  • Advanced Protection Systems S.A.
  • CS Group
  • DAT CON d. o. o.
  • Dedrone GmbH
  • FLIR Systems AB (Teledyne FLIR)
  • Hemeria Airship
  • Marduk Technologies
  • Naval Group SA
  • Technofita Adria d. o. o.

“Each of the laureates is awarded a prize of EUR 10 000 and an invitation to the second phase of the contest.

The race for the main prize continues

“For the laureates who accept the invitation to phase two, the proposals will be assessed for technical capacity. The top five proposals of the second phase will be eligible to receive a prize award of EUR 50 000 each while the top three will be invited to phase three consisting of operational trial. In the finals, the three competitors will prepare, deploy, and operate their proposed technological solutions for three weeks of operational testing in Estonia, scheduled for autumn 2023,” says Border Security Report.

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