Border Police Chief Commissioner Andrei Voicu presented the Early Warning for Increased Situational Awareness (EWISA) project in a press conference on Saturday as an instrument to improve the responsiveness of terrestrial border supervision authorities, by using video analysis.
“There is a partnership formed by four law enforcement agencies – the Romanian Border Police, as coordinator, Finland’s Border Police, Spain’s Guardia Civil and the Center for Security Studies of Greece’s interior ministry. The project has a budget of 14 million euros, of which every country has a dedicated budget for its own expenditure, and a 8.1 million euros budget for contracting research and development services, which is allotted to Romania as coordinator,” Voicu detailed.
EWISA, a premiere in Europe, combines video and radar imagery with databases and other sources of information such as automatic character recognition and movement detection, target counting and anomaly detection, to improve real-time response. It was launched on 1 September 2014, when the financing agreement with the European Commission and the partnership agreement with the consortium members was signed. It should be completed by August 2018, with a video analysis system available to all EU countries.
The project is aimed at illegal migration, smuggling, and drug and arms trafficking.
According to Voicu, Romania has probably the best border supervision system in Europe, and efforts are made to find common ground with other countries with different specific requirements.
Romania will test EWISA on its border with Ukraine; Finland – on its border with Russia; Greece – on its border with Turkey; and Spain in Melilla (Northern Africa), on its border with Morocco.