An Israeli privately-owned company Windward has developed a unique, global Predictive Maritime Analytics System, 'MarInt', which continuously monitors all types of maritime activities worldwide, and automatically applies complex, dedicated analytics on huge amounts of maritime-related data in order to answer one simple question – “Who is interesting?”
MarInt, is the first satellite-based maritime analytics system, a comprehensive platform for maritime domain awareness, Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ) monitoring, and fishery control. MarInt continuously monitors all maritime activities worldwide and alerts on potential events that occur, thereby providing complete situational awareness for its users. Essentially it pinpoints vessel activities that are outside the normal.
Windward explains that the era of information has allowed us a new perspective of our oceans. We can now see further than ever before and observe details which until a few years ago were considered far from reach. Governments and other authorities nowadays have access to an unprecedented amount of data on ship positions through commercial AIS and SAR satellites.
They add that seeing is just the beginning. The true challenge lays in the understanding and pinpointing of the anomalous, the interesting, the relevant. With millions of ship reports worldwide on a daily basis, so rises the need for complex analytical technology to accurately analyze the huge quantities of information gathered and to effectively extract from it meaningful, reliable and actionable insights.
Such analytical capabilities, they claim, are nothing less than a paradigm shift – no more looking only at the ships you know are there, but rather monitor the entire world all the time, and automatically detect anomalous vessels.