closing your surveillance gap

The security of the world’s port and harbour areas is coming under increased scrutiny due to the growing concerns of a possible terrorist attack.

The International Ship and Port Facility Code (ISPS code) outlines responsibilities to governments, shipping companies, shipboard personnel, and port/facility personnel to “detect security threats and take preventative measures against security incidents affecting ships or port facilities used in international trade.” This has prompted the increasing need for a security solution that includes underwater coverage which is automated, provides complete and detailed coverage information 24/7, and requires few training hours to master..

However the reliable detection of underwater targets in the acoustically hostile environment of a seaport, harbour or marine terminal is a notoriously difficult challenge to overcome. Constant vessel traffic, noise from active depth sounders and a complex thermal structure are commonplace. What’s needed is a solution that provides both a persistent and robust surveillance capability to monitor both above and below the water surface, as well as providing an inspection capability to regularly inspect the port and harbour against predetermined and learned security threats.