Small Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) are a growing threat to the maritime coast security as they can potentially carry explosives or can be used for smuggling drugs, boats and human intruders onto the sea shore. The mini-RPAS can depart from maritime platforms such as yachts. Their low cost and very small signature makes them a favorite platform for smugglers and terrorists. The mini-RPAS Radar Cross Section (RCS) is too small to be detected by the regular costal radars, which is where SafeShore comes in. Another important maritime threat addressed is low altitude guided parachutes. Due to their low RCS, these parachutes are hard to detect by standard radars. They can be dropped from airplanes far away from the shore and can be used for deploying equipment or explosives.

The SafeShore core solution for detecting small targets that are flying at low altitude is to use a 3D LIDAR that scans the sky and creates above the protected area a virtual dome shield. 3D LIDAR will be integrated with passive acoustic sensors, passive radio detection and video analytics. With 3D LIDAR technology, SafeShore will be able to cover a vast area of the coastal border using mobile platforms. Each mobile platform will cover its area with a dome-shaped virtual detection shield with a radius of about 250-300m. There will be approximately 50 meters overlapping between the platforms. The overlapping will create a continuous detection shield along the shoreline.

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SafeShore is a project funded by the European Commission
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 700643