(Scalable multidimensionAl sitUation awaReness sOlution for protectiNg european ports).

The SAURON project aims to provide a novel combined cyber and physical security Situational Awareness (SA) platform to help port operators anticipate and withstand potential threats to their freight, passenger and cargo business and to the safety of their employees, visitors, passengers and citizens in the vicinity. InnovaSec is leading on User Requirements analysis to inform solution specification; validation; and on exploitation of the results in the market. This draws on our in-depth understanding of this security domain together with our wide range of stakeholder contacts. The project is funded under the EU Horizon 2020 (H2020) Programme and is led by the Port of Valencia.

Our client

This 8.5 million Euro project is being funded under the EU Horizon 2020 Programme and is aimed primarily at global end users such as port authorities and port operators.

The problem

Maritime Transport ensures the European security of supply of energy, food and commodities and provides the main vehicle for European imports and exports to the rest of the world. European Union ports are currently facing cyber-physical threats which can potentially cause hundreds of thousands of casualties and have an impact of tens of billion euros on the EU economy. The main objective of the SAURON project is to reduce the vulnerabilities of EU ports, as one of the main European critical infrastructures, and increase their systemic resilience in the face of a physical, cyber or combined threats.

How we helped

This project is ongoing and is due to end in April 2020. It will develop, demonstrate and trial a novel Hybrid SA system and associated Emergency Population Warning System (EPWS), combining a range of physical sensors with cyber SA incident monitoring to correlate threats and take account of cascading effects. The SAURON platform will be piloted at two major EU ports, Valencia and Piraeus, which are partners in the project, and further validated at two other partner ports, Livorno and Koper.

InnovaSec is a key member of the project consortium as a result of its excellent knowledge of the global port security market and its wide stakeholder network.

  • InnovaSec is responsible for identifying user requirements using a structured systems engineering approach and development/implementation of a validation plan to ensure the developed system meets the user requirements.
  • InnovaSec has performed a global market analysis identifying target ports and other potential customers in the wider Critical Infrastructure Protection market.
  • InnovaSec leads the Work Package on Exploitation and Dissemination and is working with system integration partners to develop the exploitation and commercialisation strategy for the project.
  • By engaging with international end users in the European Association of Airport and Seaport Police (EAASP), InnovaSec set up the Project Industrial Advisory Board to ensure that the project remains aligned with the wider user needs of the likely customers and their regulators.


This project is on-going and is currently being carried out by a consortium of 14 partners drawn from several EU member states.

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