CLOSEYE comes to life with the aim of providing the EU with an operational and technical framework that increases situational awareness and improves the reaction capability of authorities surveying the external borders of the EU.
As the first Pre-Operational Validation project in FP7 security theme, CLOSEYE will pursue the validation of innovative services applicable to the surveillance of the EU Maritime Borders in real operational environment following the Common Application of Surveillance Tools concept, established by EUROSUR.
|But the validation of innovative solutions in real operational environments demands a notable effort at all levels, including the technical, organizational, operational and financial perspectives. For this reason, the CLOSEYE consortium has brought together the most representative public authorities in charge of the surveillance of the southern EU maritime border, ensuring not only a remarkable expertise at technical and operational level, but also a privileged positioning with respect to the main hot spots for maritime irregular cross-border activities and ensuring access to the existing surveillance systems and assets to support the validation process.|
|Even if this POV project represents a change in the research and development model, being now the Users who will steer and lead the innovation process, the security industry will still be a strong pillar on which the project will be built. Under the frame of the CLOSEYE project, the Industry will be called to demonstrate the efficiency and effectiveness of specific solutions in order to fulfill real user demands. The assessment of the performance levels of the solutions proposed by the industry will be conducted through a series of exercises, both technical and operational, in at least two different scenarios. By promoting this competitive testing and assessment of the potential solutions, CLOSEYE will pave the way towards the definition of future integrated surveillance solutions from a fact-checked perspective, fully validated from those who, eventually, will face the upcoming security threats and risks.|