FE/UP - University of Porto; Faculty of Engineering (Portugal)
APDL - Administração dos Portos do Douro e Leixões, SA (Portugal) ENSTA - Superior National School of Advanced Techniques (France) FUAC UDC - Fundación Universidade da Coruña (Spain) Galician Ports (Spain) NMCI - National Maritime College of Ireland (Ireland) Tecnalia - Fundación Tecnalia Research & Innovation (Spain) UK Spill (United Kingdom) UL - University of Limerick (Ireland)
The project concerns the demonstration, evaluation and dissemination of new robotic systems, sensors and networking technologies in maritime incidents endangering human life, the environment and economic activities. Air and sea-going robotic vehicles provide new ways to operate in dull, dirty and dangerous environments. Networking technologies enable the orchestration of existing assets and new robotic systems and sensors for enhanced situational awareness and intervention. New command, control and visualization tools provide new means for the coordination of existing assets, robotic systems, sensors and human operators over inter-operated networks. These tools contribute to environmental assessments with unprecedented resolution and sensing diversity, provide reality checks for events generated in social networks and motivate constructive forms of public participation. The project is organized around demonstrations led by the operational partners for 3 types of maritime settings: harbours in the proximity of a metropolitan area, estuaries and the open sea. Universities and R&D institutions will demonstrate new tools and technologies and evaluation methodologies. Planning and feedback from workshops will contribute to transition tools and technologies, to operational practice and to companies, local, regional, national and EU authorities; technological and business challenges will be presented to EU Networks of Excellence and funding agencies.