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Border Protection Exercises

Border Protection Exercise with Lituanian frontier guards

Maritime borders


Secured video stream

Remote camera control

On November 15th and 22nd, 2022, Lithuanian frontier guards tested a new system of surveillance and artificial intelligence technologies developed in the scope of NESTOR European project for border security. Their missions aimed to prevent smuggling activities and illegal border-crossing with vessels and UAVs near the border between Lithuania and Russia.

  The Orion 2 complements the overall system as it provides an aerial view of the surrounding area where there is no permanent infrastructure available. It effectively covers a surveillance gap upon request, and continuously permits to operate even in the presence of an intercept or jammer where a conventional free flying drone would probably face issues communicating with the ground station.

Aggelos Vasileiou, Research project manager staways ltd, Nestor project member


The Orion 2 tethered drone was integrated in a whole system composed of radars, radio frequency sensors, unmanned underwater vehicle, free drone, standalone surveillance cameras and collective intelligence. An API allowed the connection of all these technologies to the control and command system located at the border station, where the officers were also able to remotely control the Orion’s camera.

Result of the the Mission

In a windy area with gusts to 35 knots, the Orion 2 flew for 4 hours at 90m AGL to provide an aerial view of an 8km coastline. With the other technologies it helped coordinate the devices deployed 4 kms away to prevent (1) a vessel from unloading cigarettes on a pier, (2) a vessel from dropping cargo at sea before moving back to its country, and (3) a UAV from dropping cargo on a vessel.

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The Orion 2 drone tethered to the Safe-T power station


Designed for military drone applications, the Orion 2.2 TE is able to endure up to 50 hours of continuous flight.

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