Self-Protection of Ships / Anti-piracy
Ships are very vulnerable at sea and even more so at moorage when reduced crews, minimum vigil, and complete isolation make cargo ships and super-yachts an easy target, especially at night, under the veil of darkness. A large number of attacks are likely to come from all angles by small wooden boats, unable to be detected by radar systems, making the security stakes extremely high for the sea operators. Fortunately, these attacks can be avoided by having an early warning system in place, taking preemptive action before an attack occurs.
Challenges specific to Self-Protection of Ships/Anti-Piracy
- Very wide area surveillance at sea
- Harsh and corrosive maritime environment
- Detection and tracking of every boat undetectable by radars (typically wooden boats)
- Survey and automatic detection of all threats at mooring station or underway
- Detection and tracking of approaching swimmers or man overboard
- Image stabilization
- Vibrations, Solar glare, wave interference
The Spynel cameras can successfully operate at sea state level 5/6 (rough to very rough sea) with an autonomous gyro-stabilized platform. In addition to mechanical stabilization, the Spynel come with a sea-specific image processing stabilization algorithm, thus reducing false alarm rates and effective differentiation between distant small boats and waves.
The Spynel sensors are the only thermal cameras that can provide a 360 wide field of view with very high resolution and detection range, no image distortion, and no stitching. They act as optical radars but can pick up targets that radar could not detect, such as small wooden boats. The system is able to detect skiffs up to the horizon.
Environmental, Scene Analytics
Cyclope has been specifically designed and upgraded over the course of the last decade and a half to learn and understand natural environmental disturbances, in order to eliminate unwanted false alarms such as waves, maritime wildlife and other moving objects at sea which are analyzed and ignored by Cyclope.
Gyro Stabilization Platform
For maritime environments, Spynel cameras are paired with a specially designed Gyro Stabilization system that helps reduce the effects of ocean movement and ship vibrations and maintain high image quality and consistency.