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Surveillance of borders, coastlines, and harbours (SOBCAH): a European commission preparatory action on security research
Author(s): David J. Clarke; Eric Davis; Alan G. Varco
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Paper Abstract

Surveillance Of Borders Coastlines And Harbours (SOBCAH ) is becoming increasingly challenging in Europe due to the expansion of new European borders coupled with the increased risks from the potential quantity and variety of terrorist activities. SOBCAH was an 18-month programme undertaken as a European Commission funded Preparatory Action in the field of Security Research (PASR) initiative to identify and demonstrate improvements in security; initially focusing on techniques to maximise the surveillance and detection effectiveness of existing sensor systems and technologies. This paper discusses the rationale in identifying the requirements, establishing a system architecture and the findings of building a security system demonstrator that underwent trials in the Port of Genoa, Italy in July 2007. It will provide an overview of the main drivers for a European-wide concept to standardise the development of enhanced border security systems. The paper will focus on techniques employed in the demonstrator to maximise the intelligence gathered from many disparate sensor sources without burdening the work load of the operators; providing enhanced situational awareness of the threat environment.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 October 2008
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 7113, Electro-Optical and Infrared Systems: Technology and Applications V, 71130R (2 October 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.801996
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David J. Clarke, SELEX Galileo (United Kingdom)
Eric Davis, SELEX Galileo (United Kingdom)
Alan G. Varco, SELEX Galileo (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7113:
Electro-Optical and Infrared Systems: Technology and Applications V
David A. Huckridge; Reinhard R. Ebert, Editor(s)

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