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Unmanned Surface Vehicles as Primary Assets for the Coast Guard

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EU Horizon 2020

The aim of this project is to design and conduct experiments on the performance of ad hoc, delay-tolerant and information-centric routing protocols as well as security mechanisms suitable for use by Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs) operating autonomously over very large areas using the RAWFIE testbed.

UNSURPASSED will set the RAWFIE USV testbed in the service of the coast guard, showcasing the potential of USVs to perform surveillance and search-and-rescue tasks.

The work plan has two threads. The first involves the integration (in RAWFIE) of networking and security mechanisms that are based on distributed paradigms, i.e., ad hoc, delay-tolerant, and information-centric networking and identity-based encryption, which will turn USVs into real assets for the coast guard. The addition of these mechanisms to the testbed will significantly increase its reusability by other experimenters. The second thread consists in using these mechanisms to conduct experiments, of escalating complexity, their scope stretching from the radio channel up to networking functionality and above.

This work has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme under grant agreement No. 645220 (Road-, Air- and Water-based Future Internet Experimentation - RAWFIE) through the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Administration support was provided by the Research Centre of the Athens University of Economics and Business.