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EPOS - Electronic Port Surveillance System
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Description

Maritime safety and port security have become more pressing issues in NW Europe due to a series of factors. These include post 9/11concerns about the threat of terrorism and illegal immigrants putting themselves at serious risk of injury or death by stowing away. The objective of the 11.4 M euro EPOS project is to develop a shared technology infrastructure for the control and surveillance of port areas. This will involve creating a local data transmission network, including cameras an [...]
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Lead Partner:
AG Port of Oostende
Slijkensesteenweg 2, 8400 Oostende
BE
Tel + 32 59 340 711
Fax + 32 59 340 710

Contact:
Jan Allaert
Project Manager
Jan.allaert@portofoostende.be

Measure: 5.1

Start date: 2001/05/03
End date: 2007/12/31

ERDF Grant: € 3 699 787
Total eligible cost: € 11.4 M€


Partners involved:

BE - AG Port of Oostende

UK - Home Office/ United Kingdom Immigration Service (UKIS)

FR - CCI de Calais

BE - E-Port


Project type: Investment


Summary
Maritime safety and port security have become more pressing issues in NW Europe due to a series of factors. These include post 9/11concerns about the threat of terrorism and illegal immigrants putting themselves at serious risk of injury or death by stowing away. The objective of the 11.4 M euro EPOS project is to develop a shared technology infrastructure for the control and surveillance of port areas. This will involve creating a local data transmission network, including cameras and digital servers, to monitor both security and safety at the ports of lead partner Oostend and Calais. The surveillance efforts will be supported by heat detection technology designed to spot intruders who have gained entry to port facilities by concealing themselves in freight vehicles. Better trans-national co-operation between the port authorities and the UK’s immigration authorities will also help prevent the entry of illegal immigrants and terrorist attacks. The partners’ improved knowledge of maritime safety and security systems will then be disseminated to other NW European ports.

Objectives
The overall objective is to develop an integrated technology infrastructure for the efficient control and surveillance of port areas.

Sub-objectives:

  1. Development of co-operation between the port authorities of Calais and Oostende, together with Home Office in preventing influx of illegals and terrorist attacks
  2. Creating a sustainable development of the integrated technology systems being used in both ports
  3. Improving the knowledge base on the maritime safety and security systems between both ports

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