4.1 Support to border efficiency and security
Administration of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine (Kyiv, Ukraine)
Lutsk Border Guard Detachment of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine (Volyn Oblast, Ukraine)
Lviv Border Guard Detachment of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine (Lviv Oblast, Ukraine)
Mostyskyi Border Guard Detachment of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine (Lviv Oblast, Ukraine)
Nadbużański Border Guard Regional Unit of the Republic of Poland (Lubelskie Voivodeship, Poland)
Polish Border Guard Headquarters (Mazowieckie Voivodeship, Poland)
Small aircrafts are the new way of smuggling using airspace at low altitudes (up to 1.5 km), beyond the radar range. Only in year 2016, 67 cases of violation of airspace at the Polish-Ukrainian border have been registered and it’s still growing. At present, there is no effective way of combating them, as the take-off of the aircraft is outside the controlled border areas. There are also no technical means capable to early detect and fix such offences. One of the possible ways of solving this problem is using unmanned aerial vehicles, designated for monitoring of the state border, water and forests, able to take aerial photography and conduct search activities.
The BCPMonitoring project partners aim at creating a modern and effective system of information exchange between the border agencies of Ukraine and Poland. The Ukrainian beneficiary will equip border guard units of Lutsk, Lviv and Mostyska with the unmanned aerial vehicles (Lutsk – 4 pieces, Lviv – 16 pieces), together with digital video and thermo-vision cameras of 30 km range. New surveillance system on the Polish side will cover a 4 km long section to Hrebenne–Rava-Ruska border crossing. It will consist now of thermal and daylight imaging cameras (min. 8 pieces), a perimeter protection system (4 km) and data transmission equipment. The Polish partner will also purchase portable cooled cameras (16 pieces) and PTT Radioconnect system (7 sets) enabling communication via GSM operator in the area of poor radio coverage.
The project effects will benefit most the local inhabitants of the Polish-Ukrainian borderland. The use of unmanned aerial vehicles and joint patrolling will allow operation on the same level of efficiency creating a strong partnership, exchange of experiences and basis for future cooperation between border service of both countries. The added value shall be the growth of tourism and new business opportunities at the regional level on border areas of Poland and Ukraine.
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