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TUTELARY - Coastal surveillance system exploiting photonics-based radar security


CALL: 2022/CFP/RIU/01 - Novel Technologies for Border Management (Open Theme) 


BENEFICIARY: Consorzio Nazionale Interuniversitario per le Telecomunicazioni (Italy) 

DURATION: 1 September 2023 – 31 August 2024 

FOCUS AREA: surveillance radar, photonics, coastal surveillance, situational awareness 

The TUTELARY project aims to develop a coastal surveillance system based on a coherent photonic radar and – thanks to the use of novel, coherent signal processing techniques – to offer high-performance target detection, tracking, and imaging, thus enhancing coastal security. 

Specific surveillance use cases will be identified and the field-deployed photonic radar will be tested in a port environment.  

The expected outcomes are valuable insights and recommendations, which will contribute to the development of high-performance radars suitable for effective detection of illegal activities at the borders. 

Foreseeable Outcomes

The project aims to result in a fully operational field-deployed prototype of the radar network, demonstrated through a field trial in a port environment, thus contributing to enhance coastal surveillance capabilities and border security. 

This project has received funding from Frontex under the Frontex Research Grants Programme Call for Proposals 2022/CFP/RIU/01- Grant Agreement No. 2023/350.