Port / Coastal Surveillance

Because of their economic importance, and large, open waters and coastlines surrounding them, ports can be a preferred target for criminal and even terrorist activity. In the United States alone, there are over 3,700 cargo and passenger terminals and an incredible 300+ sea/river facilities to make up port operations. In order to increase protection of our ports and waterways, the U.S. Coast Guard have been enforcing the Maritime Transportation Act, enacted in 2002, but a lot of ports remain vulnerable to threats from both land and sea. 

Port surveillance

Challenges specific to ports include:

  • Miles of open water to protect
  • Exposure to harsh, wet, sea conditions
  • Possible important vessel traffic around a monitored zone
  • Operator fatigue
  • Occasional need to have a passive, undetectable system
  • Integration with common operational picture (COP) workstation and display, AIS data for ships 
  • Detection of small boats in rough seas
  • Detection and tracking of approaching swimmers
  • Detection and tracking of every boat undetectable by radars including RHIBs 


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Spynel mid or long wave infrared sensors allow detection of a small boat (RHIB) up to the horizon in total darkness and inclement sea weather including fog and rain making Spynel panoramic infrared security systems an ideal solution for a port’s security and surveillance needs. The systems capture 360-degree images and detect and track intrusions in real time through a continuously rotating head: essentially Spynel cameras operate like “radars with eyes.” 

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