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PRESS RELEASE
28.10.2014

European Research Project coordinated by Romanian Border Police

 

The research project EWISA - "Early Warning for Increased Situational Awareness" was launched in Bucharest on 28.10.2014. The project aims at strengthening the land borders of the European Union and it is supported by the European Commission, FRONTEX Agency and by authorities of several Member States such as Romanian Border Police, Finnish Border Guards, Guardia Civil from Spain and Center for Security Studies (KEMEA), part of the Greek Ministry of Internal Affairs. Within this partnership, Romanian Border Police has the capacity of project coordinator and FRONTEX observer capacity.

The overall project objective is to provide the EU with an operational and technical framework that would increase situational awareness and improve the reaction capability in real time. The threats which are subject to analysis in this project are illegal migration, smuggling, trafficking in drugs and forbidden materials and trafficking in weapons.

More precisely the project aims to improve the video surveillance by combining different types of sensors and predefining alert situations. Thus, a more detailed operational situation will be obtained by combining video and radar images with other sources of information, such as data bases, face recognition, text reading, motion detection, object counting and anomalies recognition.

The project implements the actual strategic approach of Frontex, expressed in Eurosur, through which an intelligence picture of possible threats against MS is obtained, picture created outside the MS and Schengen area, through the combination of radar pictures with video pictures and with the intelligence collected from the sensor stations together with the ones from the MS partners, from checked sources.

The actual results of the project will be tested for 6 months in real conditions in the EU external border area in Romania at the border with Republic of Moldova and Serbia, in Finland at the border with Russia, in Greece at the border with Turkey and in Spain in Ceuta (Northern Africa).

EWISA is financed by the European Commission under FP7 - Pre-operational validation of solutions on land borders, its total value amounting to 13.616.024 Euro, out of which 10.893.914 Euro represent financing from the European Commission, 1.920.000 Euro representing the co-financing part of the industry.

The budget allotted to Romanian Border Police by the European Commission within this project is 9.493.450 Euro, out of which 7.680.000 Euro will be allotted for the procurement of R&D Service implying surveillance equipment and reintegration of IT solutions.

The budgets approved for the other participants are :

  • For the Finnish Border Guards - 1.286.927 Euro
  • For Guardia Civil from Spain - 1.415.282 Euro
  • For KEMEA from Greece - 1.420.365 Euro

The project does not require co-financing from Member States but only an in-kind contribution (in the form of resources placed at disposal). The project duration is 46 months, starting with September 2014.

 

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