The presentation of the Advanced Low Flying Aircrafts Detection and Tracking (ALFA) project H2020, which aims to increase the surveillance capacity of land and sea borders, took place on Thursday in Cacela Velha.
After a testing phase in June, the project had its final presentation, this Thursday, in the fort of the municipality of Vila Real de Santo António – a strategic point of defense and cross-border control in the Algarve region.
ALFA brings together a consortium of companies and universities and aims to develop technology that enables the early detection and prediction of small aircraft and drones flying at low altitudes and speeds, thereby preventing cross-border crime using this system. kind of medium, sometimes unmanned.
Among other entities, the technology is being developed in partnership with the Republican National Guard (GNR) Coastal Control Unit, as well as the Spanish Ministry of Interior, namely the General Directorate of the Civil Guard.
The project is expected to address shortcomings in current surveillance systems by contributing to the prevention of cross-border crime, in particular by reducing trafficking in drugs, weapons and illicit substances at sea borders.
The mission of ALFA2020 is therefore to develop a system for the detection, classification and timely knowledge of the intent of suspicious air targets, reinforcing the traditional detection methods already used by security forces, but the technology may be adaptable. to other areas of interest.
The consortium brings together a large team of well-known European organizations, comprising nine partners from six different European countries, including three industrial partners, one SME, one university, two research and innovation units and two government agencies.
The importance of the project has secured its funding through the EU's 2020 research and innovation funding program, and it is hoped that this technology can be implemented in the short term and be an integral part of border surveillance systems.