Offshore activities in general face numerous risks in terms of safety, security and navigation. Above surface layer objects and (to less extent) below surface objects can be observed (detected, characterised and tracked) with numerous sensor solutions (radar, sonar, etc.) on various platforms (satellites, ships, offshore energy platforms, etc.). However, objects in the surface layer (small boats, swimmers, buoys, markers, etc.) cannot be properly observed by any of the conventional sensor technologies, especially in non-clam sea states. Such objects exposes various risks to the offshore and maritime sectors.
The project aims to adapt a prototype sensor technology that (when fused with conventional observations) will enable surveillance of the ocean surface layer. The prototype solution has preliminary been tested for safety, security and navigation applications showing results way beyond the capabilities of conventional sensors. An adaptation and cost-reduction activity can allow this technology to reach a large customer base. Eight realistic demonstrations representing high-priority offshore industry exposed risks will be conducted to show the true potential of this promising technology. This will be performed with the help of a significant end-user that will be involved to assist the adaptation and operational feasibility as well as to facilitate promotion of the technology.
The three leading SMEs will receive the industrial designs (including all the IPR) of the total system and the end-user will have rights to use the system developed during the project. Three industrial RTD-performers are selected to perform the majority of the cost-reduction and industrialisation work.
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Funding SchemeBSG-SME - Research for SMEs