The trial operation of the automated border surveillance system at Evros’ land border with Turkey officially started on Wednesday.
The system consists of a network of cameras and a long-range radar that has been installed along the border, transmitting images and data on conditions in the region in real time.
According to the project contract, the trial period will last for one month and the system is expected to be fully operational on November 20.
Specifically, the network consists of a total of 11 cameras and radars with a range of 3.5 to 15 kilometers inside Turkish territory, ensuring what the authorities call “rapid border detection”, as they will be now able to identify and record movements. among others, illegal migrants before they approach Greek territory.
The cameras cover an area of several kilometers from Sofiko to the Evros delta to Alexandroupoli, a distance of more than 100 kilometers.
In addition, images and data from cameras and radars are transferred to four local operational centers and two regional centers, as well as to the police headquarters on Katehaki Avenue in central Athens.
One of the four local centers is at the Didymoteicho Police Academy, while the other three are in the border guard departments in Soufli, Tychero and Feres. The two regional centers are respectively located in Orestiada and Alexandroupoli.
The project is budgeted at 14.9 million euros and is financed by EU funds, in particular the Internal Security Fund (DG Home). The project was first announced in December 2016, with the European Commission agreeing to fund it amid renewed concerns about the prospect of a new wave of migration flows similar to the previous one in 2015.