aN Enhanced pre-frontier intelligence picture to Safeguard The eurOpean boRders

In recent years, Europe has faced some significant changes in its territories that have led to security-related problems at different points such as irregular migratory flows, transnational crimes and smuggling of weapons, drugs, vehicle theft or the trafficking of taxable goods.

This sensitive context is of concern to the relevant authorities and agencies operating in border territories, forcing them to carry out their work under hostile conditions and for long periods of time.

NESTOR’s objective is to bring a new generation holistic system for border surveillance that provides upstream situational awareness beyond the maritime and land border areas, following the concept of integrated border management in Europe.
The long-range surveillance capabilities of this system will enable the detection and classification of the tracked, as well as the tracking of moving targets (people, boats, vehicles, etc.) and are based on optical, thermal imaging and radio frequency (RF) spectrum analysis technologies powered by an interoperable network of long-range sensors including fixed installations and manned or unmanned mobile vehicles (air, land, water or underwater) capable of operating as autonomous, linked and swarming platforms.

The main output of NESTOR will be the Border Command and Coordination Intelligence (BC3i) system, which will fuse real-time border surveillance data with web and social media information, creating and sharing an intelligent pre-border picture with local, regional and national command centers in an AR environment that will be interoperable with CISE and EUROSUR.



Robotnik will be responsible for integrating the most innovative sensor technologies into an autonomous ground vehicle (UGV) capable of performing border surveillance operations.

The objective of the mobile robotic solution is to collect and send real-time mission data from cameras and other sensors integrated in the AMR. It must operate in harsh outdoor conditions (including marine locations) and be able to cover large areas of territory.
To this end, Robotnik is developing an outdoor UGV equipped with the latest sensors to ensure full georeferencing capability and useful data collection.

The sensors and actuators are designed for autonomous navigation and border surveillance. The UGV allows connection to a ground control station (GCS) that enables monitoring, teleoperation and remote control of the vehicle.

The robotic solution developed will be based on the adaptation of the SUMMIT-XL autonomous mobile robot.

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