About APPS


EUREKA Project




A EUREKA project usually starts with a business idea. This idea has to be transformed into a concrete project description -generally split into a definition phase and an implementation phase- which highlights adequate market prospects and clear objectives. It details the involvement of sound partners from different EUREKA member states and outlines proper project management, including a realistic budget, the availability of sufficient resources and a solid cooperation agreement.


Running an international project successfully means dealing effectively with different cultures and different languages. This is best achieved by ensuring a clear objective, appropriate structure and effective management during the entire project timeframe. Successful projects need good planning and hard work.




The main advantages of EUREKA projects are:


  • · Projects can be launched in virtually all technological areas. They must have a civilian nature.

  • · Projects are bottom-up: the partners are totally free in their choice of topic, partner(s) and timeframe, provided there is market potential for their idea. They are never bound to a strict research programme and there are no centralised calls for proposals.


  • · Project participants retain complete ownership of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR).

  • · EUREKA projects can be of any size, ranging from several hundred thousands of euro to tens of millions. However they should involve a minimum of 2 independent partners from 2 different EUREKA Member States.

  • · EUREKA is very flexible: projects are approved approximately four times per year and the EUREKA label (EUREKA’s seal of approval) is awarded once a year, at the end of the current Chair’s term of office (this is usually in June).

  • · There are only limited reporting obligations. EUREKA tries to be as non-bureaucratic as possible.






EUREKA Clusters are strategic initiatives proposed and led by industry, developing generic technologies of key importance for European competitiveness. Clusters facilitate R&D and innovation projects on the basis of a broad industrial participation spanning large industry and SMEs as well as research institutions and other public or private organisation. EUREKA Clusters clearly reflect synergies where European industry, research and collaboration interests, innovation capacity and national funding opportunities meet.


Clusters are part of EUREKA and contribute to its major objective: to coordinate and foster private and public investment in cooperative industrial R&D&I in Europe, towards a sustainable European competitiveness. APPS project belongs to ITEA3, which is part of EUREKA cluster.



Advancing Plug & Play Smart Surveillance



At present, surveillance systems in the maritime domain consist of radar and visual sensors. Whereas radar is used to detect and track vessels, the visual sensors are used for securing borders in and around large infrastructures as e.g. along a coast or in a harbour. These sensors are never used in conjunction in their full capacity and have severe limitations. Radar is only capable of detecting large vessels without getting details about the type and identity, whereas visual sensors are too static and hamper 3D capabilities. Therefore, future surveillance systems will differ significantly from today’s systems in several important ways by exploiting the benefits of different sensor modalities. They will integrate high-quality (HD and 3D video), multi-sensory data inputs taken from multiple viewpoints, exchange multi-streamed data between subsystems and take action in a plug-and-play fashion, whereby the multidimensional data is analysed in realtime. This will place unprecedented demands on networks for high-capacity, low-latency, and low-loss communication paths. 


The APPS project will contribute to this transition by advancing the state-of-the-art in surveillance systems in three key areas:

  • · It will enable the development of plug & play solutions.

  • · It will enhance the sensor processing and intelligent decision-making capabilities and intelligent operator aids of such systems to achieve smart surveillance in large spaces such as coastal areas and harbours with critical infrastructures.

  • · It will develop a robust communication layer over heterogeneous technologies.