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Marine situational awareness

A real-time maritime intelligence products has been taken up by to a south-east Asian customer. The 2C product is from TSG IT Advanced Systems Ltd. – a subsidiary of Ness Group, a cyber security firm. According to the developers the product provides situational awareness to support Counter-Piracy, Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) Protection, and Coastal Surveillance missions.

2C is described as a product for detecting, identifying, and sending automatic alerts regarding threats at sea. Based on algorithms including elements of artificial intelligence, the system self-learns the routine at sea, integrates that knowledge with databases, and automatically triggers real time alerts regarding unusual events. The software can connect with existing Command and Control systems, or create an independent marine image by integrating various types of sensors.

Ofer Burin, SVP Group Manager, says: “More than ever before, the sea is bursting with illegal activities – oil theft, illegal fishing, smuggling, ships being overtaken by pirates, illegal immigration and various other types of hostile activities. At the same time, a vast amount of routine trade and traffic is taking place. It has therefore become increasingly important to efficiently and accurately examine all these maritime events. 2C was developed to answer this need for an automated system that will be able to correctly analyse today’s complex marine environment and enable the most effective management of maritime forces.”

The system prioritises suspicious targets according to incrimination level and sends alerts accordingly. Maintaining historical data for analysis, the system generates statistical and analytical reports, providing the user with insights about the nature of activities (whether legal or not), allowing better allocation of resources.

Burin adds: “We recently began preparations to deliver the 2C system for a customer in Southeast Asia. In order to deliver a complete picture of activities at sea, we are deploying a range of sensors alongside our system which will enable them to receive precise information regarding the location of objects at sea, thus giving them unprecedented insight into the areas over which they have control.”


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