Operational Platform managing a fleet of semi-autonomous drones exploiting GNSS high Accuracy and Authentication to improve Security & Safety in port areas
Background & Objectives
The purpose of the PASSport (Operational Platform managing a fleet of semi-autonomous drones exploiting GNSS high Accuracy and Authentication to improve Security & Safety in port areas) is to engineer and qualify a solution extending situational awareness based on aerial fixed/ rotary wing and underwater drones to improve safety and security in port areas. The need stems from the directive 2005/65/CE asking to complement surveillance systems for the whole port area, in order to significantly improve security and safety for daily operations implanted in port area. This result also in saving citizen lives ensuring a high and equal level of safety and security for all European ports. Around one thousand European ports fall within the scope of the directive. As a consequence, PASSport responds to the needs expressed by port authorities, harbour master and border control authorities which are active parties in the consortium and will be directly involved in the definition of the proposed solutions. The proposed solution is intended to complement already operational platforms by extending the surveillance perimeter using a fleet of drones to provide innovation and operational support to the recognition, management and analysis of safety and security aspects of daily operations with particular attention to:
- Pollution monitoring (safety)
- Support to e-navigation (safety)
- Critical buildings/ Infrastructures protection (security)
- Protection against non-cooperative small craft approaching the port areas (security)
- Underwater threats monitoring (security)
The project is expected to activate commercialisation channels based on the novelty represented by the usage of a fleet of semi-automated drones integrating Galileo services (and other sensors) for a safe and efficient guidance, navigation and control (GNC) even in a challenging environment in presence of obstacles - including buildings and other ground assets — and potentially unfavourable weather conditions.
Work performed & results
PASSport consortium started the works on Work Package 2 “User Requirements, ConOps and Regulation” with the objective to define the user requirements and use cases taking also into account actual experience and nice to have brought by Port Authorities partners as well as insights on RPAS regulation to allow operations in port area.