A New Way to Fight Piracy on the Open Sea

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The State of Maritime Policy Report 2016, released last month by Oceans Beyond Piracy (OBP), shows the high economic cost associated with piracy caused by groups out of Somalia. EOI's Spynel systems are capable of providing ships and their crew members 24/7 persistent surveillance with their maritime suited sensors.

Spynel S over the open water

Spynel-S with the Cyclope interface

Piracy had been on a steep decline since 2010 due to increased security efforts and precautions taken aboard ships. However, in the past few years, per the OBP report, there has been decreased vigilance by the shipping community such as hiring smaller private security teams and taking less security measures aboard ships. In 2017, only halfway through the year, there have already been two hijackings including a tanker and a commercial ship. Read the full report from OBP here: http://oceansbeyondpiracy.org/reports/sop

A solution to the rise in piracy is not just to increase the number of security personnel aboard ships, but to also outfit the ship with surveillance technology which will allow them to take the precautions necessary to avoid a conflict. Electro Optical Industries’ line of 360-degree panoramic view infrared thermal cameras, Spynel, are able to detect and track targets that could present a threat to a ship and its crew. They act as optical radars but can pick up targets that radar could not detect, such as small wooden and rigid inflatable boats up to the horizon. The Spynel cameras can successfully operate at sea state level 5/6 (rough to very rough sea) thanks to an autonomous gyro-stabilized platform and in addition to mechanical stabilization, Spynels come with a sea-specific image processing stabilization algorithm. Spynel are currently deployed on ships and at ports around the world to combat against theft, piracy, terrorism and espionage.

An optional software module enables the display AIS (Automatic Identification System) data from boats in the thermal panoramic video. The automatic thermal detections and the AIS data can be fused to generate alarms only for instance objects without AIS transmitter, like a pirate. (Requires an AIS receiver)

About the Company: Electro-Optical Industries is a world leader in electro optics and infrared test equipment, thermographic cameras for process control monitoring and infrared wide area surveillance systems. Founded in 1964, Electro-Optical Industries has products in over 80 different countries with a customer list of over 10,000, including some of the best-known companies worldwide.

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KATIE SHEA
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