Norcontrol IT Contributes to 12C Security Project

Posted by Michelle Howard
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

With the final conference in September and second and final trial campaign taking place at the end of June 2014, the I2C (Integrated System for Interoperable sensors & Information sources for Common abnormal vessel behavior detection & Collaborative identification of threat) integration project has resulted in significant breakthroughs for enhancing sea border protection. I2C was implemented to enable automatic identification and tracking of vessels suspected of involvement in i.e. irregular migration, illegal fishing, drug trafficking and looting of cultural heritage.

Starting in October 2010 and due to conclude in October 2014, I2C proposes a new generation of innovative sea border surveillance, integrated with key existing and in development capacities to track vessel movements and activities for early identification and reporting on EUROSUR (European Border Surveillance System). The resulting I2C prototyped system has been specifically designed to set up a real time and permanent maritime intelligent common situational picture over large maritime territories and provide an on line decision aid bench of tools for detection of suspicious activities performed by cooperative and non-cooperative vessels, with identification of the most plausible associated threats.

As leaders in the development of maritime database software and VTS (Vessel Traffic Service) technology, Kongsberg Norcontrol IT’s role in the project was focused on the integration of various data interfaces towards information sources, and the associations of these data with vessels (tracks). This work provides the main input for the behavior analysis parts and presentation parts of the I2C prototype system. The focus has been on the utilization of external sources of intelligence relevant for the behavioral analysis of vessel traffic in order to detect suspicious events or vessels, including a variety of available databases with vessel characteristics and history (e.g. Lloyds, Paris MoU, Tokyo MoU), databases with secured restricted information, weather and sea state forecasts and detected vessels from orbiting satellites equipped with Synthetic Aperture Radar. Working in real-time, the overall I2C-system exploits this data to give automatic alerts to operators, who may then use the system to further elaborate on the presented alerts and hypotheses (for suspicious behavior), and to track vessels of interest.

Part of Kongsberg Norcontrol IT’s research in I2C has been to explore the use of open and emerging industry standards for information exchange, with the objective of developing concepts that can be efficiently adapted to different providers of information. The data exchange standards used in the I2C prototype solution are: IVEF (Inter-VTS Exchange Format) by IALA, WFS (Web Feature Service) by OGC and SOS (Sensor Observation Service) also by OGC.

Kongsberg Norcontrol IT has experience in data exchange standards for maritime domain awareness systems and was responsible for the original introduction of the IALA IVEF protocol through its participation in IALA and experience from its Singapore VTS delivery project, based on its state-of-the-art C-Scope technology. The company also proposed the WFS and SOS standards and has experience with them on projects with other Kongsberg units such as Kongsberg Spacetec (also a partner in I2C) and Kongsberg Satellite Services.

Maritime Today

The Maritime Industry's original and most viewed E-News Service

Maritime Reporter November 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds


Ballast Water Management in the Field Put to the Test

Turner Designs, along with scientists from around the world participated in a research cruise aboard the RV Meteor, a vessel owned by the Federal Republic of Germany

Vesper Marine Debuts New AIS Transponder

Marine safety products manufacturer Vesper Marine has released a new Class B Automatic Identification System (AIS), the XB-6000. The black box transponder includes

Ecoslops Produces First Marine Fuel Prodcuts

Ecoslops' refinery in the Port of Sinès, Portugal, has commenced industrial production and delivered the first volume of marine fuel products compliant with ISO8217,

Maritime Security

Hague Court Begins Hearing On South China Sea Issue

A United Nations arbitral tribunal in The Hague heard some of the Philippines’ territorial claims over the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea on Tuesday.

Philippines Takes South China Sea Claim to Hague

Could bolster claims by other countries against China; China boycotting proceedings, rejects court's authority. The Philippines asked global judges on Tuesday

Technology Readiness Levels Defined for Oil Spill Response

Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) staff participated in a workgroup meeting at the bureau's Ohmsett facility in Leonardo, N.J., as part of


UASC Sees Big Drop on Asian-Europe Route

Kuwait-headquartered United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) said that marked drop in Asian imports to Europe, made worse by a strong dollar, has heaped pain on container

Nippon Foundation’s Sasakawa receives International Maritime Prize

Yohei Sasakawa, Chairman of the Nippon Foundation, has received the 2014 International Maritime Prize for his contribution to the work of the International Maritime

Announcing the Launch of OI North America 2017

Oceanology International (OI), the world’s largest exhibition and conference for the ocean science and marine technology community, announced the launch of the

Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Security Maritime Standards Pipelines Pod Propulsion Port Authority Ship Electronics Ship Repair Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1085 sec (9 req/sec)