This white paper explores the vital role that surveillance cameras and management solutions can and will play in marine safety, navigation, and security, with the market poised for an ice-class revolution.
The protection of vessels, cargo, and crew is an international priority, and the reason why industry experts predict that the maritime security industry will be worth around $20 billion by 2019.
Increasingly, surveillance products are also being specified based on safety benefits, a trend heavily influenced by growing industry interest in new shipping routes.
This white paper takes an in-depth look at how the latest technologies can mitigate the risks of new environments, aid navigational safety, and better monitor the environmental impact of incidents.
Surveillance and navigational safety
Camera capabilities for this sector have improved dramatically in recent years.
Specially designed to withstand salt corrosion, operate at extreme temperatures (high or low), counter the impact of vessel motion, and capture high-definition imaging night or day, in the face of fog, storm conditions, or solar glare, today’s marine ready cameras ensure visual data is always on.
Marine surveillance technology, particularly when integrated with other essential ship or port systems, has evolved to address many challenges.
For those voyaging through northerly routes, thermal imaging cameras are particularly important. In addition to providing imaging in complete darkness, they enable crew to detect floating ice hazards and assess surface ice thickness (a crucial resource for ice-breaker vessels).
Combining this visual data into an integrated surveillance command and control platform can assist with safer navigational practices at sea. A solution that unifies on-board systems - radar, visual, audio, communications, and positioning data - provides a complete situational overview that enables much safer routes to be plotted.
When rapid support and emergency response crews are simply not feasible due to sheer remoteness, navigational benefits become hugely important. It’s one of the reasons why marine operators need to be clear what to look out for in the camera stations they specify.