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Smart Underwater Platform

An innovative safety system for improving the capabilities of incognito monitoring of both underwater and surface maritime traffic.

Approach & Solution

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Approach

The institutional tasks of the Italian Navy include the monitoring of territorial waters, which is fundamental for ensuring their defense and security.
This is a delicate task that requires constant improvement of control capability and monitoring tools able to operate in hidden mode.

For this reason, the Naval Support and Experimentation Center of the Navy, a scientific and technological center of excellence, involved our experts in the development of an innovative platform able to detect objects on the surface and underwater in a hidden way.

Solution

The solution consists of two parts:
- The "Underwater" component through which the system acquires the acoustic traces of the detected target and transmits them to the "Data Processing" center.
- The "Data Processing" component which processes the data collected, returning a list of "Alerts" and "Warnings" that correspond to potentially dangerous events.

Thanks to our solution, the current Technological Readiness Level reached TRL7 (demonstration of a system prototype in an operating environment).

Results

The goals of the project were fully achieved and demonstrated during two different "Validation Campaigns," the first performed in a controlled environment and the second with real operational scenarios.

Project value

Process performance

Innovation

Enabling Technologies

AI & Advanced Analytics

Project Team

Engineering Defense Business Unit