EFFECTOR H2020 Project: An End to end Interoperability Framework For MaritimE Situational Awareness at StrategiC and TacTical OpeRations

An 18th month EU funded project aiming to enhance maritime surveillance, improve decisions support, and foster collaboration of maritime stakeholders has been launched

The EFFECTOR project aims to enhance maritime surveillance, improve decisions support, and foster collaboration of maritime stakeholders by implementing an Interoperability Framework and associated Data Fusion and Analytics services for Maritime Surveillance and Border Security. The EFFECTOR system will allow faster detection of new events, better informed decision making, achievement of a joint understanding and undertaking of a situation across borders, allowing seamless cooperation between operating authorities and on-site intervention forces ensuring that all existing privacy and data protection rules are fully respected.

Specifically, EFFECTOR will unlock the full capabilities of maritime surveillance systems and data sharing at tactical and strategic level by introducing applied solutions for enhanced border and external security, including the implementation of a multilayered data lake platform for end-to-end interoperability and data exploitation, the exchange of enhanced situational awareness pictures at different level with CISE and EUROSUR, the adoption of interoperability standards for exploiting data sources and systems currently underutilized in maritime environment and the demonstration of new concepts and tools for knowledge extraction, semantic representation, data fusion, analytics, and federated querying that can scale from local to regional and up to national and transnational level.

The EFFECTOR solution will be tested, validated and demonstrated in real operational scenarios together with maritime authorities, End Users and practitioners in France, Portugal and Greece. The project will leverage on the developments, results and experience from current and previous research projects from National Procurement projects of CISE Nodes and Adaptors and on the CISE infrastructure of the End Users.

Sixteen project partners from six European countries (i.e. France, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Bulgaria, Montenegro) have got together virtually to launch the EFFECTOR project activities and discuss the procedures that the consortium will follow during its implementation period as well as the work to be carried out the upcoming period. The EFFECTOR is a project funded by the European Union under the Horizon 2020 programme with lifecycle of eighteen months.