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2015-08-18 Turkey: Autonomous Multi-Agent Surveillance System for Maritime Border Petrol

Autonomous Multi-Agent Surveillance System for Maritime Border Petrol

Description of the project offered: 
Maritime surveillance near border area involves many challenges. Among these challenges, three of the major ones include detection, identification, and tracking of moving targets. For this purpose, floating, submerged, and aerial platforms are used. Tactical communications among these platforms is considered key for improving situational awareness and early warning capability. Better surveillance platforms are necessary, with improved communication performance, improved endurance, and reduced operational cost. 
Role of floating platforms in surveillance is limited to line of sight. For surveillance beyond the line of sight, aerial platforms are inevitable. Among the aerial platforms used for ocean surveillance, there are four commonly used low cost options. These options include fixed wing UAV’s, rotary wing UAV’s, Blimps/Balloons, and kites. Fixed wing and rotary wing UAV’s offer reduced cost surveillance but long endurance can be hard to ensure. Balloons and blimps can offer long endurance but these could suffer from high speed wind. Kites can sustain operation in wind but rain could be a problem. 
The approach to be proposed is based on a heterogeneous combination of aerial and floating platforms with built-in intelligence and communication capabilities. There are three main innovative aspects of the approach. First is the use of solar panels and energy storage devices within the UAV’s and floating platforms for longer endurance and self-sustainability respectively. Second is the use of Markov Decision Process modeling of the tactical communications to be carried out for best results in situational awareness and early warning. Third is the use of data and control bus cables as tethers for balloons, blimps, and kites. Specifically, an autonomous Multiagent framework is proposed where there is one master agent that is preferably implemented on a floating platform. This master agent is to be connected to each of the member agents (implemented on UAV’s, balloons, and any other surveillance platforms) of the framework via wireless (or wired where applicable) communication system. The wireless communication system shall be based on short range (up to 10-20 Km) radio frequency signal transceivers. The data rates supported by the communication system shall support live video transmission with reasonable resolution (1 to 5 cm). The detection and identification of targets by each of the member agents shall be provided by on-board image processing capability. This capability is in addition to the tactical decision making capability regarding the communication with the master agent. Tracking of the target shall be enabled by rotary platforms for payload cameras and thermal imagers. The decision of which target is to be tracked by which agent shall be made by the master agent based on the information obtained from the member agents. Master agent will also be responsible to transmit the log of all activities to the base station where security officials can monitor, react to, or intervene in the progress of the autonomous framework. In this manner, an intelligent, autonomous, Multiagent framework shall be designed.
Project proposer:   Ali Nasir ()
Partner role:  Project coordinator 
Partner organisation:  Education
Call for proposal title:  Border Security and External Security 
Call for proposal identifier:  H2020-BES-2015

Description of the collaboration sought: 
Expertise in Communication Systems, Networking, and Manufacturing/Procurement 
Expertise sought: Network technologies, Aerospace technology, Electronics. Microelectronics, Industrial manufacture, 
Roles sought: Project coordinator, Project participant, 
Organisation types sought: Education, Research, Small or medium-sized enterprise (SME), 
Countries sought: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, 

Call for proposal specific information

1. BES-11-2015: Information management topic 2: Information management, systems and infrastructure for civilian EU External Actions
2. BES-02-2015: Maritime Border Security topic 2: affordable and easily deployable technologies for EU coastal border surveillance with reduced impact on the environment
3. BES-04-2015: Maritime Border Security topic 4: Detection of low flying aircraft at near shore air space
4. BES-05-2015: Border crossing points topic 1: Novel mobility concepts for land border security
5. BES-06-2015: Border crossing points topic 2: Exploring new modalities in biometric-based border checks
6. BES-07-2015:Border crossing points topic 3: Optimization of border control processes and planning
7. BES-08-2015:Supply Chain Security topic 1: Development of an enhanced non-intrusive (stand-off) scanner
8. BES-10-2015:Information management topic 1: Civilian humanitarian mission personnel tracking
9. BES-13-2015:Conflict prevention and peace building topic 2: Training curricula for Conflict Prevention and Peace Building personnel
10. BES-01-2015: Maritime Border Security topic 1: radar systems for the surveillance of coastal and pre-frontier areas and in support of search and rescue operations
11. BES-03-2015: Maritime Border Security topic 3: Light optionally piloted vehicles (and sensors) for maritime surveillance