Near-real time vessel identification and route prediction

November 7th, 2019, Published in Articles: PositionIT

Airbus Defence and Space has released the latest version of OceanFinder, its digital maritime service to detect, identify and track collaborative and non-collaborative vessels around the globe. First launched in 2018, the service leverages the company’s advanced constellation of optical and radar satellites, combined with real-time global Automatic Identification System (AIS) data, and the latest in automated analytics, to support a broad range of critical applications across defence and security, shipping, oil and gas, and insurance markets. The update extends the service’s capabilities in several key areas. Users will benefit from enhanced imagery and AIS data correlation to identify the precise location of a non-responding vessel in near real-time. This development has been combined with fully-automated detection and classification, which utilises powerful proprietary algorithms to determine a vessel’s identity in just a few seconds. Subsequently, Airbus’ human analysts are able to focus on providing additional, value-added intelligence, such as interpretation of specific behaviour or threats, without delaying a report’s delivery. New tools have also been incorporated to provide the most relevant acquisition plan to predict routes and projected locations of vessels, based on last position, date, trajectory and speed. Several of the features have been made possible through a multi-year partnership with exactEarth, a leading provider of satellite-AIS data services. OceanFinder is accessible through the OneAtlas web portal.

Contect Corné Eloff, Airbus Defence and Space, Tel 011 266-2614, corne.eloff@airbus.com

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