World-first: a port monitored by an autonomous drone

Posted in News on November 20, 2019



Eamus Cork Security chooses the autonomous UAV of Azur Drones integrated with Genetec to protect a Port Facility at the Grand Port Maritime of Dunkerque


Eamus Cork Security, a specialist in port security, has been protecting a Port Facility of the Grand Port Maritime of Dunkirk since July 2019 with the autonomous drone Skeyetech, belonging to Azur Drones coupled with Genetec’s Security Center Omnicast video management system. Complementary to existing human and technical measures, the system makes it possible to strengthen site surveillance, particularly the Restricted Access Zone. The port of Dunkirk is thus becoming the first port in the world to roll out such monitoring technology.

Dunkirk is one of the biggest ports in France. Each year, more than 3 million passengers and 7 million tons of freight transit through it. The International Security Code (ISPS) requires permanent control and monitoring of port facilities with enhanced measures for Restricted Access Zones. The partnership between Azur Drones, Eamus Cork and Genetec plays a part in achieving this objective.  

“Due to its dense activity and regulatory requirements, the Port Facility must be secured 7 days a week and 24 hours a day. It became clear that our human presence and the operator’s CCTV system should be complemented by drone technology. The Skeyetech system, integrated with Genetec, improves the responsiveness and efficiency of the security teams that monitor the installations.” explains Thomas Ditacroute, Chief Operating Officer at Eamus Cork.

The Skeyetech autonomous UAV can take off at any time, with a single click, to carry out surveillance missions in a completely autonomous way. Equipped with optical and thermal cameras, it is operational day and night to perform specific checks, conduct perimeter patrols or monitor interventions at a distance. It is the first unmanned UAV system to be approved in Europe for out-of-sight flights.

Thanks to Genetec ADroneX plug-in, Security teams can carry out drone missions directly from Genetec Security Center Omnicast in predefined way, manually or according to alarms and events identified by the system. They can also, with the the same interface, follow video feedback and the drone’s trajectory on a map thanks to “plan manager” module.

“The Skeyetech system has been designed to strengthen the security of even the most complex sensitive sites, and the port of Dunkirk is a good example. The site’s activity requires very regular flights, day and night, in a highly saline environment and often in adverse weather conditions.” comments Nicolas Billecocq, Chief Operating Officer of Azur Drones.

“Azur Drones is proud to be Eamus Cork’s partner in the protection of the Grand Port Maritime of Dunkirk. We are convinced that the autonomous surveillance UAV is the ideal complementary protection solution to enhance the security of sensitive sites such as the port of Dunkirk.”  adds Jean-Marc Crépin, Chief Executive Officer of Azur Drones.

“Our technological partnership with Azur Drones will allow the port of Dunkirk to exploit the full potential of their surveillance drone. Information provided by Skeyetech drones will indeed be analyzed and used directly into the Security Center platform, allowing security operators to quickly make the best operational decisions. “concludes Guillaume Charon, Sales Director France at Genetec.

About Azur Drones
Founded in 2012, Azur Drones is today the European leader in surveillance UAVs. A pioneer in drone-in-a-box systems, the company developed a brand-new autonomous solution that meets safety and security requirements, even in the most sensitive and complex environments. Skeyetech system is the first autonomous drone in Europe approved by the authorities. It can carry out specific checks, reconnaissance flights or assist in crisis situations 24/7. Based in France, Azur drones collaborates with well-established contractors and authorities in France and abroad (US and Middle East). It is engaged in several strategic partnerships with major actors of security and surveillance market such as Genetec. You can obtain more information on

About Eamus Cork
A specialist in Port Security since 2004, the Eamus Cork group is at the forefront of meeting the requirements of the International Security Code (ISPS) and the Treaty of Le Touquet. It offers its expertise and experience to public or private operators of all types of facilities that have to manage passenger and freight flows on several continental platforms. Its expertise also allows it to protect industrial sites as well as sensitive sites such as SEVESO with Fire Safety & Prevention issues. As a partner of the public forces, Eamus Cork contributes to the strengthening of security policies, access control, detection of prohibited or dangerous articles or materials, as well as the fight against terrorism and international mafia networks at its sites of intervention, in particular by using CCTV, dog handlers and now the drone. The Eamus Cork group also has its own Authorized Security Agency (Mannanan Consulting) which gives it the right to carry out Security Assessments and draw up Security Plans on behalf of the French State. You can obtain more information on  &

About Genetec
Genetec develops open-architecture software, hardware and cloud-based services for the physical security and public safety industry. Its flagship product, Security Center, unifies IP-based access control, video surveillance and automatic license plate recognition (ALPR) into one platform. A global innovator since 1997, Genetec is headquartered in Montréal, Canada, and serves enterprise and government organizations via an integrated network of resellers, certified channel partners, integrators and consultants in over 80 countries. Genetec was founded on the principle of innovation and remains at the forefront of emerging technologies that unify IP physical security systems. For more information about Genetec, visit:

Press contacts Azur Drones
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Press contacts Genetec
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