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New Technologies for Safer Waters

European Space Agency for Safer Waters

Engineering and the European Space Agency work together to integrate different technology domains for safer maritime navigation.

Approach & Solution

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Approach

Safety at sea is one of the prerogatives for seafarers such as merchant shipping companies, owners of pleasure boats and related insurance companies.
In fact, the Navy and the Coast Guard have control in the open sea for research and rescue purposes. This activity requires continuous updating and the use of innovative technologies for reducing risks related to navigation, such as accidents at sea and possible spills of polluting substances.

Solution

This need gave rise to SIMONA: a project realized within the scope of the European Space Agency's "ESA ARTES 20 - IAP (Integrated Applications Promotion)" program and in which our company participated as the main partner.

This project led to the creation of an information platform useful for improving the Maritime Situation Awareness (MSA) capacity of the Italian Coast Guard and Navy and, thus, of navigation at sea. All this was accomplished through the integration of different technological domains: satellite technologies (Earth observation, localization and communication), ICT technologies (e.g. web services, smartphones, GIS, 3G, Bluetooth, etc.) and other services (AIS, weather data, etc.).

Results

After a three-month period of testing real operational scenarios, the customer recognized the full usefulness and value of the services offered by SIMONA. The current Technological Readiness Level of the project is between TRL 8 and 9: system is complete, qualified and tested in an operational environment.

Project Value

Process performance
Innovation

Enabling Technologies

AI & Advanced Analytics  

Project Team

Engineering Defense Business Unit