The European Border and Coast Guard Agency — known as Frontex — has announced that it will be providing the European Commission with its expertise in the areas of research and innovation to assist in the development of state of the art security-focused technology for the border and coast guards.
The partnership between Frontex and the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs is based on a Terms of Reference (ToR), signed last week by Fabrice Leggeri, the Executive Director of Frontex, and Monique Pariat, the Director General for Migration and Home Affairs.
The EU-funded security research will enable innovation in technologies that may be crucial to anticipate future threats and meet the security challenges that may be faced in the future for the European Union.
Frontex has been developing its expertise in integrated border management research and innovation over the past 15 years, and aims to use it to help the European Commission evaluate what border and maritime protection technologies would best serve them going forward.
Working within the framework of the ToR, Frontex will look to aid in the identification of research opportunities to address gaps in areas such as surveillance, biometrics and cybersecurity.
Frontex will also be responsible for helping to develop any solutions being researched by facilitating testing and validation in cooperation with national authorities, and keeping track of and disseminating the results of these tests for review, before helping to facilitate their deployment.
February 11, 2020 – by Tony Bitzionis