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Search And Rescue Aid and Surveillance using High EGNSS Accuracy

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 SARA project word cloud

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Project "SARA" data sheet

The following table provides information about the project.


Organization address
city: TERNI
postcode: 5100

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 Coordinator Country Italy [IT]
 Project website
 Total cost 1˙942˙327 €
 EC max contribution 1˙455˙583 € (75%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.3.2.1. (Sustainable agriculture and forestry)
2. H2020-EU. (Enabling exploitation of space data)
3. H2020-EU. (Boost innovation between space and non-space sectors)
 Code Call H2020-GALILEO-GSA-2017-1
 Funding Scheme IA
 Starting year 2018
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2018-02-01   to  2020-01-31


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    SISTEMATICA SPA IT (TERNI) coordinator 411˙346.00
2    TOPVIEW SRL IT (SAN NICOLA LA STRADA) participant 382˙703.00
3    EURODEV BV NL (ALMELO) participant 181˙037.00
6    UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI FIRENZE IT (Florence) participant 101˙162.00
7    AARHUS UNIVERSITET DK (AARHUS C) participant 89˙633.00


 Project objective

SARA: Search and Rescue Aid using High Accuracy EGNSS

The purpose of the SARA project is to engineer and to start to commercialise a dedicated solution, based on an already existing prototype, to be used for Search and Rescue (SAR) and Surveillance purposes (primary market). The need for such a solution comes in particular from the institutional market (but it is not limited to) requesting a technological support to manage migration flux aspects, with particular attention to crisis in the Mediterranean Sea: Europe needs to balances efforts to assist people in need with efforts to secure its borders. On the basis of the above scenario, the industrial composition of the SARA consortium has been contacted by Italian Coast Guard two years ago in order to provide a technological contribution supporting vessels to detect people lost in the sea, especially during the hours of darkness.

According to the above request, SARA solution is conceived to build up a semi-automatic system using Earth Observation data to preliminary detect suspect pontoons’ trajectories (Surveillance) and supporting SAR operations based upon a deployable RPAS (Remotely Piloted Aircraft System) which is tightly coupled with a ship architecture through a cable (tethered flight): as soon as its function is needed, the aircraft flies from its home (a dedicated hangar on the top of the ship), and becomes a “virtual pylon” which elevates a VIS-TIR sensor (Visual Spectrum and Thermal Infrared); captured images are processed in real time by a local computer. Both RPAS and hangar are equipped with 2 high accuracy EGNSS receivers (i.e. Galileo ready) in order to provide the relative positioning between the hangar and the RPAS hovering on the target.

On this context, EGNSS represents an essential technology ensuring autonomous operations in a reliable manner guaranteeing provision of distance and bearing from ship to survivors and the protection of the extensible cable against mechanical stress.


List of deliverables.
Dissemination Plan Documents, reports 2019-10-09 11:56:12
4th Quarterly Progress Report Documents, reports 2019-10-09 11:56:12
Web site (to be continuously updated along with the project) Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2019-10-09 11:56:12
SARA System Verification and Validation Plan Documents, reports 2019-09-17 13:56:25
TN: Maritime Standards applicable to SARA Platform Documents, reports 2019-09-17 13:56:24
User Requirements Documents, reports 2019-09-17 13:56:24
3rd Quarterly Progress Report Documents, reports 2019-09-17 13:56:24
SARA System Specifications and Design Documents, reports 2019-09-17 13:56:25
1st Quarterly Progress Report Documents, reports 2019-09-17 13:56:24
TN: Copernicus Security Services applicable to SARA Platform Documents, reports 2019-09-17 13:56:25
Data Management Plan Open Research Data Pilot 2019-09-17 13:56:24
TN: EGNSS solution applicable to SARA Platform Documents, reports 2019-09-17 13:56:25
2nd Quarterly Progress Report Documents, reports 2019-09-17 13:56:24

Take a look to the deliverables list in detail:  detailed list of SARA deliverables.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Marco Nisi, Sistematica S.p.A., Via Giacomo Peroni, 400, 00131 Rome, Italy Tel. +39 06 98261600; Fax +39 06 98261624, Lucjan Gucma Maritime University of Szczecin, Wały Chrobrego 1-2 str. 70-500 Szczecin, Poland Alberto Mennella, Graziano Gagliarde, TopView srl, via A. Pertini 25D, San Nicola La Strada, 81020 (CE), Italy, Bilal Muhammad, Ramjee Prasad, CTIF Section, Department of Electronic Systems, Aarhus University, Denmark
SARASearch And Rescue Aid and Surveillance using High EGNSS Accuracy
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