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UK H2020 Consortia seeks UK Academics and SME’s involved in identification, detection and mitigation of drones

Responses required before 29th March 2016 to:


The rapid development of drone technology has provided the general public with an unprecedented level of access to the capability of monitoring and accessing areas previously inaccessible to them. This allows easy and regular incursion into locations which may once have been considered to be secured by the use of physical measures. The technology now offers effective prosecution of missions by unskilled operators combined with live streaming of high definition video to the internet. Understanding of this capability has been held back by the assumption that operating drones is ‘hard to do’ and this naivety has led to security and response measures being outdated and ineffective. There is ample publicly reported evidence of unmanned aircraft and drones being researched and deployed by criminal and terrorist groups worldwide over the last two decades.

The emergence of highly automated and technically capable COTS drones has rendered existing security measures obsolete. The ‘ready to fly’ nature of the systems combined with the low skill level needed to fly them potentially provides significant aerial capability to anyone sufficiently technical to plug in a battery charger.

As an international consortium of end users consisting of seven law enforcement agencies from seven European countries (Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, The Netherlands, United Kingdom and Spain) with a requirement to identify, detect and mitigate against drones, we are seeking partners from both academia and industry to engage with to enable us to jointly find technical solutions to deal with this threat.

We are aiming to address this in line with the H2020 framework hence the very short deadline we would be looking for you to respond to by.

The Horizon 2020 programme is a European funded research programme that covers a wide range of topics determined by the commission to be of societal importance to the citizens of Europe. The programme will run from 2014 through to 2020 and has an overall budget of €80bn. This programme is the successor to the recent FP7 research programme. Within the programme, there is a section that deals with ‘Secure Societies', which is aimed at improving the security of Europe through innovative research. The relevant topics (within the scope of this theme) is Fighting Crime and Terrorism which expresses a demand for “technologies for prevention, investigation, and mitigation in the context of fight against crime and terrorism” (SEC-12-FCT-2016-2017), and in subtopic 2 more specifically the “detection and neutralization of rogue/suspicious light drone/UAV flying over restricted areas, and involving as beneficiaries, where appropriate, the operators of infrastructure.” (see also attached document “H2020-wp1617-security-_en.pdf”)

H2020 operates as a collaborative programme which requires a minimum of three partners from EU member states. These partners are typically from academia and industry, but increasingly there is a demand for end user engagement as they are assessed on impact. This is a competitive process and there are no guarantees that all proposals will lead to a funded project. The timescales involved in H2020 follow an annual cycle and projects typically last for three years.

The seven law enforcement agencies had an initial meeting on the 1st March 2016 to discuss the requirements for any future system, a list of those requirements are shown below.

If this is something that you would interested in being an active member of can I please ask that you reply at your earliest convenience and by no later than the 29th March 2016 and include within your response, in English, what you feel you would be able to bring to the consortium. The consortium will then consider your application and immediately inform you.


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