The defense of our nation’s homeland against all threats— including the maritime and coastal defense domains — has taken on new meaning as the world changes. The increased adversarial threat of attacks via our ports has refocused technology and research efforts. ISS has deployed large-scale software solutions to address the key tenets of maritime domain awareness and is proudly involved with protecting our nation’s ports. ISS has extensive experience in various aspects of the maritime domain, ranging from basic research into vessel pattern analysis, to day-to-day operations of Maritime Intelligence Fusion Centers for the United States Coast Guard (USCG).
Our engineers provide cutting edge research into patterns of normalcy and abnormal vessel behaviors to identify potential vessels of interest for further investigation. ISS technology ranges from entire infrastructures for Maritime Domain Awareness case management, to Common Intelligence Pictures based on the latest in web-based technologies to provide operators and analysts a consolidated maritime awareness picture.The ISS business model leverages considerable Command and Control tools to potentially deliver Maritime Operations Center capabilities that are both extensible and economical.
Enterprise Intelligence Framework
- View vessels of interest
- Real-time display from GCCS, C2PC, MAGNET, and Seawatch data sources
- Dynamic briefing support
- Search for vessels, events, threats, and message traffic and display their connections
- USCG intelligence system
- Open architecture
- KML, XML, REST, Web Services
- Data and process automation through MAGNET and MISLE
- Customized workflows for risk management
- Facilitates local and national input
- Disaster recovery
- Counter narcotics
- Counter terrorism
- Defeating illegal migration and smuggling
- Environmental protection
- Port security
The new version has become a staple in daily routines for sector intelligence staff members thanks to the increased user friendliness of the software, and we are hopeful and excited to see the significant role it will have.
Coastal security intelligence is responsible for keeping the US borders safe. Their duties are to collect, process, analyze, produce and disseminate intelligence data in support of coastal security operational missions.
- Finding a way to disseminate information between Homeland Security agencies
- Lack of communication and sharing of information between coastal security vessels on vessel information.
- Field Intelligence Reports (FIRs)
- Advance Notice of Arrivals (ANOAs)
- Ship particulars from MAGNET
Build the Model
Using an ISS solution, intelligence staff on the west coast identified vessels arriving into the ports on the California coast that were mentioned in two separate FIRs. The FIRs highlighted one vessel with a possible safety of life at sea (SOLAS) concern related to a faulty fire pump and another regarding a vessel with a possible Marine Pollution (MARPOL) violation. In both instances, this information was passed to Sector Response and Prevention personnel during a meeting, ultimately leading to Port State Control inspections. The coastal security inspectors found in the SOLAS incident that the vessel did in fact have a previous malfunction that was since fixed. In the second instance, there was no observed MARPOL violation. In both scenarios, the originating field units were security sectors on the east coast. Following both inspections, the intelligence staff released FIRs documenting the findings and provided feedback.
- Having access to all of this information in one place greatly increased intelligence staff’s ability to efficiently and quickly provide valuable information to decision makers and further drive coastal security operations.
- ISS’ solution has quickly become an integral part of the intelligence staff’s daily checks proven useful in facilitating discussion.
- ISS’ solution provides the ability to quickly locate historical FIRs, identify vessels and historical tracks, and visually display both that enables all intelligence staffs to successfully support and communicate information to decision makers.