NEREIDS (New Service Capabilities for Integrated and Advanced Maritime Surveillance) is an FP7 Copernicus research and development project in the field of support to Maritime Surveillance. Over its 36-month duration, the project aims to support the development of an integrated vision of Maritime Policy and Maritime Surveillance, with implications for a number of different maritime domains (Illegal trafficking, illegal immigration, fisheries control, piracy).
The services which are currently under development focus on on specific applications and provide limited capabilities when the information of interest is modified. For instance, the technological constraints of open sea monitoring differ greatly from those related to coastal/beach tactical analysis.
NEREIDS aims to develop a system of systems that provides a complete and meaningful maritime picture and overcomes the most challenging of the current technological drawbacks.
This objective is completely aligned with that of the EUROSUR programme: Awareness in the maritime domain requires monitoring the compliance of all activities, detecting with the help of surveillance and ship reporting system anomalies that may signal illegal (security threats) acts and generating intelligence that enables law enforcement authorities to stop unlawful entry into the EU area.
The NEREIDS consortium includes sixteen partners from nine European countries, as well as the European Union Satellite Centre (SatCen) and the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC). The partners have extensive experience in international research and development, whilst the service providers have proven capabilities to develop near real-time services for the policy areas addressed by the project.