BorderUAS project featured in a two-day virtual workshop about selected Horizon 2020 border security projects organised by the European Border and Coast Guard (EBCG) on May 20 & 21, 2021.

During this workshop the participants were able to discuss how related technologies and innovations could be applied, tested and validated by European Borders and Coast Guard community by taking a closer look at various EU funded projects and being also familiarized with their outputs through presentations and open discussion sections.

The attendance was quite high as more than 100 participants joined the different sessions each day, highlighting the importance and impact of this online EBCG workshop. The Horizon 2020 projects which participated in this annual workshop were: BorderUAS, EFFECTOR, ISOLA, i-MARS, ITFLOWS, METICOS, ARESIBO, COMPASS2020, ANDROMEDA, BorderSens, D4FLY.

The BorderUAS project was presented in this context, seeking for the way to complement and impact the surveillance of the European Borders on both technical and operational level through its innovative system.

In addition, the BorderUAS coordinator referred to the project’s operational relevance to the current EU needs and goals while also responding to a number of questions on the project’s planning, implementation and next steps. The number and the context of the questions revealed a high interest by the audience in the airship, its functionality and benefits, the components and the operational status of the promised outcomes.

This two-day workshop was an opportunity to strengthen Europe’s innovation capability and ensuring EU’s global competitiveness through the EU Framework Programmes for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020 (2014-2020) and Horizon Europe (2021-2027).