The general goal of this project is to develop an intelligent distributed surveillance system for protecting critical infrastructure. To do this, various innovative forms of technology will come together to create an experimental prototype (solely for acceptance testing and demonstrations), which will be used with port facilities due to their strategic importance for the country's economy.

This includes a comprehensive system for autonomous floats of drones and stations for them to land, take off, be safely stored and recharge their batteries.

With this technology, protecting infrastructures which cannot currently be reached will be possible, making large-scale surveillance a reality.

In order to ensure the goals are met in real scenarios involving operations based on correct security protocols, the project will benefit from the advice and validation by the CNPIC (National Centre for the Protection of Critical Infrastructure), part of the Ministry of Interior, the National Police Corps through the Division for Special Services, also part of the Ministry of Interior, and the Port Authority of Seville, where acceptance testing will be carried out.

As such, the float of drones will be constantly available to carry out surveillance tasks, which may be autonomous or supervised remotely from a control centre located anywhere on the planet.

It will include an innovative automated battery recharge system made up of a stand-alone energy generation device, a suitable docking structure for recharging and an innovative automatic landing and take-off protocol on the platform.

The drones will carry out programmed surveillance of infrastructure by means of an advanced collaborative and energy management protocol. Using vision technology and artificial intelligence, Drones4CIP will automatically carry out surveillance and analysis tasks in order to protect infrastructure.

Moreover, in emergency situations such as trespassing by unauthorised persons in restricted and critical areas, accidents involving dangerous goods, terrorist attacks, etc., the system will quickly send a drone to the site of the incident to provide reliable information on the situation in real time to the control centre, this helping professionals dealing with the incident to make safe and quick decisions.

Drones4CIP was aproved in the 2016 call of Feder Innterconecta. This project has been co-financed by the European Fund for Regional Development (ERFD), through the “Multiregional OP for Spain” as part of the specific aim numbered “OE.1.2.1. Boosting and promotion of R&D+I activities led by companies and support in the creation and strengthening of innovative companies” and the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities, through the Centre for Industrial Technological Development (CDTI)-E.P.E., under the auspice  of Order ECC/1780/2013, passed on September 30th, through which the regulations governing the awarding of public aid for the State Programme for the Research, Development and Innovation Aimed at the Challenges of Society are set out, within the framework of the State Plan for Scientific and Technical Research and Innovation 2013-2016, modified through Order ECC/2483/2014, passed on December 23rd.