Security Architectures in the EU

Tag: FASS

  • New unmanned capabilities: When will the EU use drones for practical sea rescue?

    New unmanned capabilities: When will the EU use drones for practical sea rescue?

    Two leading drone manufacturers report readiness to equip their aircraft with life rafts. These can be dropped with pinpoint accuracy over a maritime emergency. But perhaps this would also encourage violations of the Geneva Refugee Convention. The Portuguese company Tekever…

  • Frontex pays another €84 million for aerial surveillance

    Frontex pays another €84 million for aerial surveillance

    The border agency spends one-sixth of its budget on flights at the EU’s external borders. With the service, the Frontex director makes himself independent of the governments of the member states. A contract for helicopter operations does not materialise for…

  • Frontex closes surveillance gaps in the air and in space

    Frontex closes surveillance gaps in the air and in space

    High-flying drones are to reconnoitre the EU’s external borders from the stratosphere, a static zeppelin is already observing close to the ground. With interception systems in space, the EU border agency wants to locate and possibly tap satellite telephones in…

  • Border drones (Part 1): Unmanned surveillance of the EU’s external borders by Frontex

    Border drones (Part 1): Unmanned surveillance of the EU’s external borders by Frontex

    Since 2009, the EU Border Agency Frontex has been hosting training events on drones and inviting manufacturers to regular demonstrations. There, border police from Schengen member states were presented market-available unmanned systems for the surveillance of land and maritime borders.…

  • First test in Malta: Frontex drones approaching

    First test in Malta: Frontex drones approaching

    A reconnaissance drone is to track down boats carrying refugees in the central Mediterranean Sea in the future, the main contractor is the Airbus Group. The range of the deployed “Heron 1” also enables flights off the coasts of North…

  • Artificial intelligence: Frontex improves its maritime surveillance

    Artificial intelligence: Frontex improves its maritime surveillance

    Frontex wants to use a new platform to automatically detect and assess “risks” on the seas of the European Union. Suspected irregular activities are to be displayed in a constantly updated “threat map” with the help of self-learning software. The…