PatriotFest 2021

National defense and security institutions extend their cooperation with the civilian sector in the autonomous systems domain as well! PatriotFest, a national contest, is open to proposals from Romanian innovators and Romanian companies. The 2021 edition brings two new elements to the contest: a contest with two sections, and being open to applications from small and medium Romanian businesses. Innovators researching emergent and disruptive technologies, willing to contribute to strengthening national security, are invited to apply for the 2021 edition of PatriotFest. Organizers are interested in all types of autonomous systems – aerial, naval and terrestrial.

The two main contest sections are:

Autonomous systems – aerial, naval and terrestrial platforms

Drone detection and counteraction

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THEMES

Sisteme autonome de tip platforme aeriene, terestre și navale

Autonomous systems such as air, land and naval platforms

Autonomous systems serve as capability multipliers and are increasingly integrated into air, ground and naval spaces, providing intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance data in civilian and military applications.

This competition theme covers aspects of increasing the performance of autonomous systems and includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Autonomy performance (eg duration, distance, altitude, depth, etc.),
  • Mobility performance (eg aerodynamic, hydrodynamic performance, rough terrain operation, etc.),
  • Autonomy Vs. Intelligence (eg architectures based on cognitive processes, situational analysis and decision making, indoor / outdoor navigation, without GPS, etc.),
  • Operational / operational safety (eg defined fail-safe, triggered automatically or manually, proximity sensors, etc.),
  • Human interface (eg multimodal interaction, teleoperation, etc.),
  • Safety and security of communication channels,
  • Operational capabilities (eg audio-video, mapping, aerial photogrammetry, AI detection, transport capabilities, etc.).

Drone detection and counteraction systems

Detection, classification, location, tracking and alert systems for autonomous systems are important in hybrid defense contexts where resilience, artificial intelligence, and modern countermeasures are key elements in the race to maintain strategic advancement.

This competition theme addresses resilience issues and includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Operating principle (eg kinetic, radio interference – common frequency range, used in control, telemetry and data transmission of autonomous systems, EMP, LASER, GPS interference, friendly / enemy drone recognition) – fixed and mobile (installed on vans etc.),
  • Detection method (eg radio, acoustic, optical / IR, combined, etc.),
  • Types of countered drones (eg LSS, civilian),
  • Scalability of the detection system (eg use of several sensors to cover large areas),
  • Possibilities for integration with existing perimeter security systems,
  • Countermeasures depending on the protected area / location (eg urban environment, critical infrastructure, etc.),
  • Sufficient detection, decision and neutralization times.
Sisteme de detecție și contracarare a dronelor

2021 announcement

National defense and security institutions extend their cooperation with the civilian sector in the autonomous systems domain as well! PatriotFest, a national contest, is open to proposals from Romanian invovators and Romanian companies. The 2021 edition brings two new elements to the contest: a contest with two sections, and being open to applications from small and medium Romanian businesses. Inovators researching emergent and disruptive technologies, willing to contribute to strengthening national security, are invited to apply for the 2021 edition of PatriotFest. Organizers are interested in all types of autonomous systems – aerial, naval and terestrial.

PatriotFest aims to unite creators and users of innovative products for a safer and more technologically integrated future. In the current globalized context, scientific research is becoming a national reference with added value. Collaborations based on innovation are built between allies, between researchers, academic and defense institutions or national security, as a natural rule for the development of national added value. The national innovation competition is now received by Romanian companies, eager to develop projects in collaboration with the competition organizers.

Programmatic documents developed in the field of national security and defense mention emerging and disruptive technologies, including autonomous systems, as a factor that reshapes the environment of military actions, adding in addition to conventional threats, cyber and hybrid threats, with high multiplication factor, generated by the exponential trend of technological evolution. The PatriotFest national innovation competition continues to be the most important tool through which the civilian community can present to the institutions of the national security and defense system the achievements in the field of autonomous systems.

We will also continue to organize Forum-type activities through which we will be able to analyze the level of technological maturity of your products and the international evolution of autonomous systems.

CALENDAR

Contest applications open*
August 15th 2021

Deadline for applications
October 17th 2021

Presenting projects
October 21st 2021

PatriotFest Gala
November 4th 2021

* The applications can be summited right before the deadline. The documentation for projects can be updated anytime in this time frame. We encourage our contestants to subscribe in our contest right from the beginning as they can have multiple meetings with the PF organizers and PF Community.

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Please write to us at concurs@patriotfest.ro.

MEDIA PARTNERS

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