Several long-range surveillance ARGC-2400 cameras from Obzerv Technologies have been installed in Malaysia to improve the Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency's (MMEA) capacity for the maritime security in the straits and Malaysian territorial waters.
From economic and strategic perspectives, the Strait of Malacca is one of the most important shipping lanes in the world. The Strait carries 70,000 vessels per year, close to one quarter of the world's sea trade. Moreover, it has grown to be the main passageway for oil for major world consumers such as Japan and China. As a consequence, this area has become a target for piracy attacks. In reaction, the Japanese government has offered the last three cameras to the MMEA to complete its surveillance system network. The handing-over ceremony was held at Klang on March 21, 2009.
The ARGC-2400 cameras have been integrated to existing radar stations to enhance the smooth flow of sea traffic along the 900 km channel. While the radars are dedicated to the detection and location of unusual activities and threats, the ARGC-2400 cameras are used to classify and clearly identify those targets.