Border Surveillance Systems
GMV has developed technology and built up experience in developing border surveillance systems, both on land and at sea.
In the framework of the European Commission’s European Border Surveillance System (EUROSUR), under the responsibility of the European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders of the Member States of the European Union (FRONTEX, shortened from the French Frontières extérieures), GMV has been selected for development and maintenance of the EUROSUR network.
The EU agency FRONTEX, based in Warsaw, was set up as a specialist and independent body in charge of coordinating operational cooperation between member states for the purposes of managing external borders. It thus helps the member states to train up their national border guards, monitors the development of research on the control and surveillance of external borders, helps member states in circumstances requiring increased technical and operational assistance at external borders and provides member states with the necessary support in organizing joint return operations.
The main aim of the EUROSUR network is to provide the necessary capacity for creating a permanent connection between the whole set of National Coordination Centers (NCCs) and FRONTEX itself, using an extensible system for sharing information. This allows all the following:
- Reduce the number of undetected illegal immigrants in the Schengen area
- Reduce sea deaths among illegal immigrants
- Increase Europe’s internal security by preventing offences on the external borders.
Also in the border-surveillance area, GMV has supplied the Guardia Civil with control centers for its Exterior Surveillance System (Sistema de Vigilancia Exterior: SIVE) and satellite-image exploitation systems.
Notably, GMV has been one of the main contractors of the CLOSEYE program. CLOSEYE is an FP7 European Commission project that aims to provide an operational and technical framework that increases situational awareness (SA) and improves the reaction capability of authorities surveying the external borders of the EU.
GMV’s CLOSEYE solution comprises an integrated command, control and coordination system rolled out in different centers and resources both of the Spanish Guardia Civil and the Portuguese Guardia Nacional Republicana. This system incorporates various pre-existing information sources plus a series of groundbreaking sensors, providing the capacity of distributing information between the various nodes in different countries and agencies as well as coordination of their resources.