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The Blue Hub is the JRC’s in-house R&D platform for integrated maritime surveillance and maritime situational awareness. The integration of ship monitoring and surveillance systems, from coastal range to satellite based sensors, is of vital importance for all maritime applications from piracy to illegal immigration, fisheries enforcement, etc. Data from a wide variety of sources are ingested, mainly positional data from vessel reporting systems (cooperative), such as AIS, LRIT or VMS, and VDS (Vessel Detection System) data from satellite Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) images (non-cooperative). Also descriptive data on ships are used. (See more details…)
Main capabilities are data gathering and ingestion; use of a multi-target tracking for the fusion of the cooperative data; estimation of an innovative maritime situational picture by the prediction of vessel positions driven by contextual information, such as traffic routes, land avoidance, port positions; correlation of VDS targets with the vessel tracks fused from the various cooperative sources. Other outputs include the generation of traffic densities and risk maps.
This platform, which is now being developed in the context of the two counter-piracy pilot projects in East and West Africa (PMAR), should also become a node for testing new technologies that will be developed in the context of various maritime surveillance R&D projects (NEREIDS, I2C, CISE, etc.).