Maritime Security Threats
The end of 2012 saw the launch of a new website, Maritime Security Outlook. MSO's stated goal is to be the hub of the maritime security community. www.maritimesecurityoutlook.com strives to be the go to website for maritime security stakeholders to stay abreast of the challenges and issues facing the community and the best practices, products and solutions to enhance maritime security. ISA is proud to be a sponsor and contributing editor to this site.
On January 23 we embarked on a major project with MSO to write a series of articles that review the threats, examine the vulnerabilities, define the most obvious consequences and examine the role of technology in the prediction, detection, prevention and mitigation of loss due to a destructive event. We hope you find this series informative and we wish for you to interact with us throughout the series. To this end, we are spacing the articles two weeks apart in order to give you a chance to respond to each article and help shape the remainder of the series.
AAAE and ISA go One On One
Founded in 1928, AAAE is the world's largest professional organization for airport executives, representing thousands of airport management personnel at public-use commercial and general aviation airports. AAAE's members represent some 850 airports and hundreds of companies and organizations that support airports. AAAE serves its membership through results-oriented representation in Washington, D.C. and delivers a wide range of industry services and professional development opportunities including training, meetings and conferences, and a highly respected accreditation program.
Todd Hauptli is Senior Executive Vice President of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) and its Airport Legislative Alliance. He is responsible for managing the organizations’ interactions with the Congress and the executive branch agencies. Mr. Hauptli and ISA's WAVcam Application Engineer, Ray Hollida, spend 10 minutes discussing the WAVcam technology and its possible application to the airport market. To see the interview, please click the heading highlighted in yellow "AAAE and ISA fo One On One.
ISA expresses their sincerest thanks to the AAAE for their leadership in this market and for taking the time to go One On One.
Upcoming installation of a WAVcam at the Port of Baltimore
Contract No. 513918 CCTV Expansion Dundalk Marine Terminal has been awarded. The contract includes a pair of WAVcams consisting of a Visible Light sensor and a Longwave IR (thermal) sensor. The estimated field of view is depicted in the image to the right. Installation is expected to be completed sometime mid 2013.
WAVcam permanent install at the Port of Miami
ISA is pleased to announce the permanent installation of a WAVcam System at the Port of Miami. The System is mounted on a 35' pole adjacent to the Biscayne Bay Pilot House. The field of view covers all maritime traffic coming into the harbor and can see whether the vessels pass to the South or to the Northeast of Dodge Island.
WAVcam at the Republican National Convention
"That technology, Mark Dubina said, includes wide angle cameras that give a panoramic view of the site, as well as situational software that could offer up suggestions on how to handle any number of difficulties, from incoming shipping traffic to weather complications." Please click the heading highlighted in yellow, "WAVcam at the Republican National Convention", for the complete article in Government Security News.
Baltimore's Star-Spangled Sailabration
Baltimore’s “Star-Spanled Sailabration", which drew hundreds of thousands to the inner harbor of the city June 13-19 to celebrate the bicentennial of the War of 1812, employed long-range video surveillance technology frorm Integrated Signal Analysis. Please click the heading highlighted in yellow, "Baltimore's Star-Spangled Sailabration", for the complete article in Government Security News.”
Government Security News White Paper of the Day
The June 5, 2012 GSN White Paper of the Day asked 45,000
readers, "What is more important?
1. See every ship within 100 square miles?
2. Read the ship's name at 1.5+ miles?
3. Detect a 20' vessel at 9 miles?
4. Detect a person at 4.5 miles?
The answer is, "With the WAVcam, you don't have to make a choice. You can have all the above and you can have them simultaenously."
Global Interest in the WAVcam Continues to Grow
A recent WAVcam press release was picked up by 213 news outlets in 6 countries, evidence that interest in the WAVcam is high. That interest comes not just from the maritime industry. While ISA will continue to pursue the seaport market, as it is a perfect fit for the WAVcam feature set, beginning Q2 2012, ISA is launching multiple marketing campaigns aimed at introducing the WAVcam to the airport and offshore platform markets. Combined with the imminent release of the LWIR sensor and integration into multiple C2 platforms, the second half of 2012 will open up a whole new world of possibilities for the WAVcam System.
"Full visual domain awareness - day and night - of the very large areas of sea and airport and petro-industry infrastructure is critical to everyone's security. Beginning with one of the largest seaports in the world, WAVcam is giving maritime port security personnel an unprecedented view of their huge coverage areas. We are working hard to extend these capabilities to those responsible for security of airports and off-shore facilities." Wayne Tibbit, Director, Innovative Signal Analysis
Small Vessel Security Threats Conference in Charleston, SC
The 2012 SVST hosted numerous exhibits and live demonstrations. The highlight of the live demonstrations came when conference attendees were able to watch vessels transit from the mouth of the harbor all the way to the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge on large format monitors displaying a live feed from both Visible Light (VIS) and Mid Wave IR (MWIR) WAVcams.
A single VIS WAVcam covered the 90 degree, multi-square mile field of view with 80,000,000 pixels. Using the CommandBridge Regional Maritime Domain Awareness C2, the attendees could "see" a consolidated view of visual imagery and vessel tracks. This capability added a whole new dimension to the Regional Domain Awareness picture. According to the USCG, only a very small percentage of the vessels within any given AOR are detected and tracked by radar and AIS. The WAVcam/CommandBridge integrated solution presents a unified view of radar tracks, AIS tracks and wide angle/high definition imagery allowing the user to detect and track 100% of the vessels within an extremely large area. WAVcam sensors have an 80% probability of visually detecting a 20' vessel at a distance of 9.5 miles and detecting the thermal signature of the vessel at 4.5 miles.
CommandBridge(R) is a trademark of The Mariner Group.
In the Q3-Q4 2012 time frame, ISA will add a long wave infrared (LWIR) sensor to the product line
Until now, the WAVcam System has had two types of sensors:
(1) VIS (visible light) which is pictured below, and
(2) MWIR (mid wave infrared).
With the addition of a LWIR sensor, we will now offer a cost effective nighttime thermal solution having a greater vertical FOV than the MWIR. The trade-off is that the LWIR spatial resolution is not as high at a given distance as the MWIR. Even though its resolution is not as high as the MWIR, its 4 megapixel image is still larger than any conventional IR sensor on the market. Furthermore, the WAVcam LWIR provides the same high quality workmanship and functionality as both the VIS and MWIR sensors. With a reduction of over $100,000 in the System price, we believe the addition of the LWIR to the product line gives our customers more options in times of budget constraints.
We are offering another option which lets the user have his/her cake and eat it too, the STQ. By offering a slew-to-queue (STQ) function with the LWIR, users are able to slave their long range camera of choice to the WAVcam System. For the customers who already have long range IR capabilities, the new LWIR+STQ gives provides the panoramic view of a WAVcam AND high spatial resolution at any given distance.
An image acquisition system patent (Patent No. 8,072,482) that revolutionizes the way long range, panoramic images are acquired and processed has been awarded to Innovative Signal Analysis, Inc., a provider of high performance signal and image processing solutions using state-of-the-art optical, digital and analog technology.
U.S. Patent No. 8,072,482 is revolutionary in that it describes a system that uses a single sensor to capture a persistent, 90 degree HFOV, having high spatial resolution with no image distortion. This system, WAVcam, is a long-range video surveillance solution for homeland security applications and other situations that require persistent visual-domain awareness of very wide areas. A single WAVcam sensor can be configured in several ways, providing either Visible or Mid-wave IR operation.
Traditional long-range high resolution camera/lens systems typically have a horizontal view as narrow as 0.5 degrees or less when zoomed in for detailed observation. When zoomed out for wide area video, the traditional systems provide very low effective resolution. A single WAVcam sensor provides full resolution telephoto images over a 90 degree-wide FOV with a refresh rate of 1 to 2 images per second.
The 11th Annual Coast Guard Innovation Exposition,(EXPO 2011), was held at the Tampa Convention Center, Tampa Bay, Florida from October 25-27, 2011. This event was sponsored by the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) with the USCG participation coordinated by the Commandant's Innovation Council (CIC).
Booth #126 was co-manned by ISA, Inc. and The Mariner Group, LLC. The Mariner Group has brought a decade of subject matter expertise to the arena of Regional Maritime Domain Awareness. Mariner's situational awareness platform, CommandBridge(TM), uses advanced software technology to cut through security-information clutter, surface vital data, place it in a relevant context, give users various options for action and allow them to easily share the information inside their organization and with outside agencies.
ISA is pleased to be participating with The Mariner Group in meeting the mission requirements for customers demanding cutting edge persistent video integrated with state-of-the-art command and control software.
ISA, Inc. and Raytheon Intelligence and Information Systems are pleased to announce a co-marketing effort of an integrated system comprised of the WAVcam and Raytheon's Clear View(TM) Security Management System, part of the Clear View(TM) Family of Security Solutions.
Clear View(TM) is specifically designed for critical infrastructure protection and border security. The system instantly detects and assesses intrusions to enable quick and effective responses. For more information, please watch the Clear View(TM) video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNMITWO2tiL and visit http://www.raytheon.com/capabilities/products/wavcam.
ISA, Inc. is pleased to announce the WC-MWIR-160. The MC-MWIR-160 uses the same high-end, cryogenically cooled midwave IR sensor as the previous system, but with an integrated 160mm lens as opposed to the previously integrated 120mm lens. Some examples of the increased effectiveness of this new lens are:
1) The 160mm lens provides a GSD of 5.9" at 1 mile as opposed to a GSD of 7.9" with the 120mm lens.
2) The 160mm lens provides a GSD of 29.9" at 5 miles opposed to a GSD of 39.6" with the 120mm lens.
An evaluation of the potential application of the ISA, Inc. WAVcam to USCG Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) was conducted by SPAWAR Systems Center (SCC) Pacific at the request of and by the authority of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate Borders and Maritime Division. This evaluation was conducted in an operational context at the US Coast Guard Sector Command Center (SCC) Los Angeles/Long Beach.
The test found that the WAVcam System can provide a substantial improvement in situational awareness and can significantly increase the ability for system operators to continously see, understand, anticipate and analyze events and activities.
|Ability to view area of interest regardless of legacy camera locations.
||Operator can click on any vessel within the panoramic view to provide zoomed in, full resolution, high definition image in a separate window.
|Identify and track numerous small vessels in port.
||Unified panoramic view enables simultaneous viewing of all vessels and a graphic indication of motion, direction and speed.
|Place the "single camera" view in context.
||Unified panoramic display indicates the geolocation of each zoomed view.
|Place feeds from hundreds of cameras available from port partners in context.
||WAVcam provides wide area persistent coverage and high resolution imagery from a single sensor.