The struggle against clandestine immigration, human trafficking, terrorism at sea, piracy, as well as trafficking in arms and drugs has become a high priority in the European security agenda. Security on the seas and the coasts requires a continuous collaboration between all operators involved in maritime surveillance, especially between the administrations of Member States and European agencies.
To confront this challenge, the EU has put in place a large number of initiatives: the vast quantity of “raw data” available today cannot be used by the current systems supporting maritime protection given that they are not accessible in real-time and, often, they are not interoperable.
Therefore, the general goal of the MARISA project is to supply agencies which handle security at sea with a tool to carry out data-fusion and to make available a series of methods, techniques and modules for correlating and fusing homogenous and heterogeneous data coming for various sources, including the internet and social networks.
MARISA thus offers to facilitate the exchange of information between various operators and render the decision-making process and ability to react more efficient thank to an awareness of the situation at sea that is more in-depth and in real time.
The proposed solution shall supply mechanisms for obtaining in-depth information from any big data source, performing analyses of heterogeneous data based on geographical and spatial representations, using new and traditional research patterns to identify possible connections between events, exploring predictive analytical models in order to represent the effects of interaction between the objects observed at sea. Furthermore, MARISA will make available ad-hoc reporting tools and services to support the users and systems in their daily activity, and it will supply tools to view and navigate the data resulting from the data-fusion process.
The involvement of 5 operators in the sector as full partners will allow it to align innovation with users’ requirements and to validate the toolkit through a series of cross-country and cross-domain examinations of use.