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DSEI | 12 - 15 September 2017 | ECA Group Robotic Solutions

DSEI | 12 - 15 September 2017 | ECA Group Robotic Solutions

Meet ECA Group at DSEI, from September 2017, in Excel London, England to discover its unmanned robotic solutions for Sea, Land and Air dedicated to Defence and Security.

Join ECA Group team at DSEI, booth N°N7-312

ECA Group will be pleased to welcome you on its booth N7-312 at DSEI, from September  2017, in Excel London, England to present its range of unmanned robotic solutions for Sea, Land and Air for defence and security.

ECA Group at DSEI 2017

ECA Group solutions to be presented on DSEI 2017

Come and visit ECA Group booth to learn more about  its robotic solutions. ECA Group solutions have both military and civil applications and are able to handle collaborative missions.

Maritime Robotics / Unmanned / Naval Drones solutions

In the field of coastal security, ECA Group has been developing robotic systems able to collaborate together. Its robots are optimized to successfully perform missions in various areas such as Oceanography, Hydrography, counter-piracy, Harbour protection or Underwater Mine Counter Measures.

Come and discover ECA Group's innovative autonomous vehicles solutions, as well as its fully its new UNCRYSIS (Unmanned Critical Infrastructure Protection Integrated System) : a solution answer to the needs of reactivity and protection but also to control very large area using unmanned robotic systems.

It will also be the occasion to learn more about ECA Group's wide range of surface and underwater robotic solutions:


Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs)

ECA Group’s range of unmanned ground robots (UGV) enables to perform missions includins IEDD/EOD, mine-clearance and trap removal operations. Its systems  are design to handle operations even in the most confined areas. Its range includes small to medium size UGV : from COBRA MK2 C to bigger UGVs such as the Cameleon E &the Iguana E.

ECA Ground UGV  can be used collaboratively with its range of UAV solutions


Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)

For Air surveillance, ECA Group has developed a range of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) designed to perform intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and recognition (ISTAR) missions. The IT180 UAVs can be used autonomously or in a tethered mode for permanent missions. This solution has numerous users, one of them being the French Army.

The Paradrone, ECA Group's UAV solution for counter-drone application will also be  displayed. 

Attend ECA Group conference at DSEI 2017


During DSEI 2017 ECA Group will have a speaking slot. The date and timetable is to be determined. Come and attend ECA Group Conference about its solutions UNMANNED CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE PROTECTION INTEGRATED SYSTEM (UNCRISYS) for Harbour protection



September 13th 2017

2.30 pm - 3.00 pm




“For a greater protection”

Critical coastal infrastructures like port and industrial sea access are currently protected by a mix of detection sensors, data fusion software and in the best case, a global integration matching sea threat analysis and terrestrial boundary security. It should also be noted that the augmentation of these capabilities has been made generally in an addition to technology following the increase in maritime traffic flow growing, the associated security standard, and the recognition of new high level of threat.

The growing threat of terrorism requires also a specific risk management based on anticipation and responsive capabilities. Those threats could be very different according to the exact objectives of the perpetrators.

Indeed the results of potential attacks could be:

  • Human loss
  • Economic impact
  • Harassment of the population
  • Media impact
  • A combination of them

The situation awareness for harbour, coastal infrastructure or ship protection has to focus on attacks which can come from the coast with individual or collective weapons, suicide boats, as well as simple walkers or swimmers.

Local security managers are now convinced that data fusion only makes sense if an effective echo filtration and intuitive global situation display are provided together to ensure that an alarm is a threat. From this, a very tough challenge was born: “How to fusion and detect low signal threats whilst maintaining a high level of filtration for real potential alarms?” This research axis could occupy R&D units for quite some time before reaching a satisfactory performance level. In the meantime, integrated solutions based on state of art situation software and robots capabilities are the next level of sensor integration: the “mobile sensors”.


“Moving forward with the mobile sensors”

The sea surface surveillance is generally made by two main sensor families, hyperfrequency sensors (radar) and optronics. Both technology groups have different levels of sensibility and effectiveness but, whatever their own performance, detection capabilities are quite limited by the range/implementation height ratio and the horizon line distance accuracy calculation, especially regarding optronics echo extraction. Moreover, fixed sensor integration improves the amount of sensors required to avoid masked areas according to the coast line configuration. Finally, sensors are very affected by the waves and increase echo numbers, in harsh conditions. Basically, all these informations should lead security network designers to integrate mobile sensors to solve these issues. Thus, according to the labour cost reduction imperative, robot modules like Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USV) and unmanned aerial Vehicles (UAV) are the most suitable platform for this.

Additionally, the moving ability of unmanned vehicles allows to adapt the sensors distance from a potential threat according to the sea state configuration. This tactical process greatly improves the classification functionality, whether by human or by software.


“The changing nature of detected objects”

Commonly called “classification” the latest generation of data fusion software dedicated to harbour protection is based on automatic alarm systems using echo types and sizes andin in some cases, target trajectory. Detailed analysis of traffic flow management and illegal intrusion methods at sea reveal a weakness in the system. Essentially, a voluntary intruder will follow a normal track up to the last moment and then will surprise or at worse, will disappear close to an infrastructure mask. More precisely, a very serious intruder with firearms or wanting to deploy an illegal means will change his appearance at the last moment.

Facing these dangers and the identified weaknesses of harbour protection methods, perception systems should not be separated from the reaction means. Indeed, the best system should decrease time of reaction according according to the approach rate of a mobile object towards the sensitive area. Thus, the global protection strategy depends on the layout of the area and providing  an alternative to a permanent human reaction force placed close to each sensitive track by using  USV capabilities for detection and quick reactive protection missions in a maritime security system.

Beyond the capability to follow a target, the USV will be able to display in real time accurate video and thermal imaging very close to the target and, if required, to engage immediately non-lethal or lethal payloads fitted for area protection.


“The good use of robots for coastal protection”

It is already possible to use robots for coastal and sea front infrastructure protection with the full range of benefits. This requires sharing work involved in each mission according to the robots capabilities. In effect, USV could be, as described, the key to an enhanced protection network and could also been associated with aerial drones for rapid reconnaissance flights with the aim of anticipating potential threats. In generals terms, USV payloads and sensors should be chosen for their autonomous characteristics during patrol operations (radar, thermal sensors 360°, etc…) and on the other hand, provide easy assistance for tracking devices like Electro Optical Devices, directional loud speakers and maybe even a machine gun. Such using allows to decrease cognitive loading and to prepare further addition of robots.

In addition, the use of an USV with fixed sensors in a collaborative network should be very effective. It is especially interesting when an USV is tracking an underwater echo made by a Diver Detection Sonar network and be ready to deploy countermeasures or to follow divers and underwater vehicles up to their mothership that cannot otherwise be without a collaborative integration.


“Modular and integrated”

ECA’s Robots systems are designed to be used as standalone or to be integrated in a host security system. Beyond general integration requirements ECA fits the communication link to ensure reliability in accordance  with the local electromagnetic situation and the expected cybersecurity.

As the harbour security means have evolved, the robot subsystem should be considered in the early stages as an additional solution to the existing security network. In this case, the associated mission management software will provide all functionalities from the interface like mobile object extraction from on-board sensors, target tracking and a real time control of payloads. If required, the system would be delivered with Non Line Of Sight (NLOS) communication link to operate USV behind an obstructed coastline.

Aided by   a modular robot subsystem, security managers will be assisted by the management software to assess the area situation and to enhance the existing system by mobile sensors and quick reaction capabilities.

 “UNCRISYS, the global security solution”

UNCRYSIS is an advanced solution combining classical fixed equipment (Radar, EOD and Sonar) with various unmanned platforms (UAV, USV and UUV) equipped with appropriate sensors and effectors under the control of a centralized information system. It uses unique proven technologies to capture and display in real time the global situation in a simple and comprehensive way allowing quick and efficient response to the most demanding situations.

The system is composed by a central software connected with all sensors and software dedicated for area protection (underwater, terrestrial protection as well if revelant) and including data fusion display to provide to the user an intuitive global situation. More than a centralized display, the system allows an easy mission management by robot high level controls.

With its UNCRYSIS, ECA proposes a solution which caters to the needs of reactivity and protection but also to control a very large area.

The strategy is organized around several capabilities able to provide together:

  • A high level of identification accuracy and potential target tracking
  • A real time full situation monitoring
  • A flexible network easy to move
  •  A ruggedized system against environmental conditions and protection means reliability
  •  Enough resilience and redundancies to comply with the protection strategy.

Assisted with mobile sensors like USV and UAV, the system will provide an extensible detection range (thanks to the range of robots) and a harsh environmental condition solution based on the capability to deport sensors close to a crossing point. This combination of means permits also to switch very quickly from a surveillance attitude to protection manoeuvres and effectors deterrence.

The purpose of UNCRYSIS is, as well, to decrease cognitive and logistic loads for users by a high level of means autonomy through smart robots logistics modules. For the UAV, it consists of an integrated container close to a small take-off area which includes maintenance tools and spares. The IT 180 aerial drone is also provided with autonomous take-off and landing presets for quick and centralized intervention. The USV itself, could be provided with an innovative docking station fitted for harbour docks. This “unmanned” logistic solution allows the vessel to moor thanks to an auto-locked docking and permits an autonomous refuelling by a specific connection and supply subsystem.

In closing, a global security system must maintain a high level of detection capability whatever the weather conditions and be ready to protect sensitive areas whether it be against high intensity attack or simply to regulate the harbour approach maritime traffic with flexible tools. These objectives are managed by UNCRYSIS.

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