The technological breakthrough for the naval supply market relies on the chance of managing a vessel in a completely autonomous way, without requiring the presence of personnel on board (concept of "unmanned vehicle").
The development of naval automation technologies is gradually progressing towards this final goal, even if the “unmanned” management of ships and vessels still represents a future vision.
In this scenario, the challenge of MARIN (2019 -2022) is to demonstrate the technological feasibility of an unmanned system for environmental monitoring, consisting of a naval platform, a surface acoustic sensor, a set of aerial drones and a terrestrial command and control station for the remote management.
RINA has joined MARIN with the aim of developing innovative acoustic-based surveillance solutions for several markets such as defense, maritime, aeronautical, R&D, etc.
The proposed solution is new in the field, as it uses passive sensors and, as a consequence, it is immune to any Electro-Magnetic Interference (e.g. jamming radio). This will push the market of “green” coastal and urban surveillance systems thus enabling the reduction of electromagnetic pollution, which is one of the main limits of traditional systems.
The proposed solution, remotely controlled, will be installed on an unmanned surface vehicle (UVS) and validated in operative environment. The increasing request for ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) services, water-quality monitoring, maritime security against threats (e.g. piracy and terrorism), ocean data and mapping, will definitively boost the market of UVS.
RINA has brought to MARIN its specific skills related to acoustic systems for detection and surveillance, gained in other R&D Project (e.g. AUDIS, Guardian).
We are contributing to MARIN through the development, implementation and validation of an integrated a system consisting of innovative passive acoustic sensors, a thermal imaging camera, and a video camera, to support SAR operations and drones detection and tracking.
This is built upon: requirements definition, system design, system development and validation, system integration on the UVS and final validation in operative environment.
A SW tool will be developed in order to ease the detection and identification of a target (e.g. overlapping among visual, acoustic and thermal images; development of an AI-based tool).
A control station for remote management will be also developed.
Main outcome of MARIN is an unmanned system to be used for monitoring and surveillance purposes and composed of a naval platform, an acoustic antenna integrated with a thermal camera, aerial drones, and a control station for remote management. The MARIN unmanned system can be used for several scenarios such as: coastal patrol, search and rescue (SAR), drones detection and tracking.
The increasing request for ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) services, water-quality monitoring, maritime security against threats (e.g. piracy and terrorism), ocean data and mapping, will definitively boost the market of UVS which are one of the technological breakthroughs for what concerns the market of naval solutions.
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