Marine Mammal Detection System Seeks To Save Right Whales From Ship Strikes

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MMDS Makes its Debut at Southern New England Right Whale Festival

On May 4, 2014, the Marine Mammal Detection System ( will make its debut at the Southern New England Right Whale Festival being held at the New England Aquarium in Boston, Massachusetts, from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Integrated Systems Solution Inc. (ISSI) has developed the MMDS as an alternative observation technology that is designed to replace traditional direct line-of-sight observation methods used with or without binoculars. According to published reports, human observers conducting aerial surveys from small aircraft miss the detection of more whales than they find and the detection capability drops to zero probability beyond 1.5 NM. At best, binoculars are capable of animal classification with a range of 1.5 NM, and a collection area of 15 NM per hour at 100 knots. The MMDS methodology uses a specially configured air-to-surface Whale Search Radar system optimized for detection of marine mammals onboard a specially outfitted Cessna 337G Skymaster. The MMDS aircraft can cover ten times more ocean area per hour in the detection mission than human observers can process and covers thirty times more area per hour when performing the classification mission.

ISSI Spokesman, Manuel Morales, stated, “We are looking forward to being able to assist in the noteworthy efforts of detection and protection of endangered marine wildlife with our system.” In addition to marine mammal detection, the radar system can be configured for sensitivity of other items of interest such as in high sea search and rescue missions.

Detect & Protect
The Marine Mammal Detection System is equipped with the Automatic Identification System (AIS) which is a tracking system used on ships for identifying and locating vessels by electronically exchanging ship information with other nearby AIS stations. The MMDS onboard InMarSat capabilities enable the system to alert ships to the existence of marine mammals in the shipping lanes in order to help prevent ship strikes.

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About ISSI
Integrated Systems Solutions Incorporated (ISSI) is a full service, multi-disciplinary, Professional Engineering, Environmental Research, Information Technology and Consulting firm based in the Southern Maryland/ Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area. ISSI operates out of offices located in Mechanicsville and California, Maryland. ISSI focuses on establishing long-term client relationships built on excellent service, quality work, value consulting, high integrity and mutual trust. The company’s technical capabilities, in combination with its ability to plan, execute and manage projects on a turn-key basis, uniquely positions ISSI in a very competitive arena.

ISSI was founded in March of 2003 in Mechanicsville, Maryland, as a Veteran-owned small business. Our corporate headquarters is located in California, Maryland; with field offices in Mechanicsville, Maryland and Cape Coral, Florida

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Robert Mobley COO
Integrated Systems Solutions, Inc.
22685 Three Notch Rd., Ste B
California, MD 20619

Office: 301-863-1212 x305
Mobile: 443-532-5198

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