The main objective is the development of a perimeter protection system for critical infrastructures against aerial attacks with any type of drones. For this, the use of sensors based on two complementary technologies is proposed: analysis of the radiofrequency (RF) spectrum and optical sensors. The fusion of information from these two detection and location technologies will allow detecting drones of any type, even if they do not have a communications radio link, and the system can be operational 24×7 (day and night, even in bad weather).
The project, which started in 2016 and ends in 2018, has a total budget of € 1,424,269 and its execution is located in Galicia. The SPACE project consortium consists of the following companies
- TRC is a medium-sized company specialized in Engineering, Infrastructure, Systems Integration, Software Development and professional services for companies and public administrations.
- ICTEL INGENIEROS is an electronic engineering SME specialized in the development of electronic hardware with extensive experience in computer applications for management and control of all types of equipment, as well as systems integration and communications.
- EGATEL is a large company specialized in the research, development and manufacture of radio frequency and microwave products and systems designed to transport or broadcast television signals. In this way, the consortium formed for the development of this project is formed by two SMEs and a large company with complementary capabilities. To achieve the objectives of the project, and given the high level of R & D required by this development, the three companies will rely on the outsourcing of the GRADIANT technology center, which brings its capacity and experience from two of its technical areas: Communications Digital and Multimodal Information.
The project is subsidized by the CDTI – Center for Industrial Technological Development – through the FEDER-INTERCONECTA 2016 program, it has the support of the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, and is co-financed with FEDER Funds from the European Union