Vessel Surveillance and Port Security
Institute for the Protection and the Security of the Citizen
Action MASURE is organised in two main activity clusters.
Maritime traffic surveillance
In this cluster, MASURE explores systems which can provide a complete picture of the vessel traffic obtained through integration of vessel traffic information from different sources. Even if attention will continue to be devoted to the use of space-borne observation, MASURE aims to develop further tools for data fusion and integration. One new task foreseen in this cluster is the exploration of the use of new platforms for maritime surveillance such as UAVs (Unmanned Air Vehicles). MASURE will aim to validate new technological solutions provided by industry and match them to the needs of policies. In this cluster, in 2009, MASURE is partner in collaborative research projects LIMES, TANGO, OPERAMAR, MONRUK and WIMAAS. R&D is performed also in the framework of a specific agreement with EMSA.
In this cluster, MASURE will support DG TREN to provide guidelines for the effective application of the new EU port security regime. In 2009, JRC will focus on minimum standards for implementation of EU port security. The main challenge is to streamline security with other normal port operations / activities and, ultimately, embed security into the port planning and operational procedures. Possible future developments include the protection of ports from the sea-side (surface & underwater) as well as activities linking to maritime surveillance and the transport chain security. Activity in this cluster is supported in part through an administrative arrangement with DG TREN. MASURE is also partner in collaborative research projects in the field of port operations (EFFORTS), in situ autonomous surveillance (ASPIS) and underwater operations R&D (FREESUB).