Areas involved:

Norwegian Special Mission (NSM) develops, manufactures and delivers monitoring systems that are currently in extensive use for monitoring the sea areas along the Norwegian coast..

Drones represent major benefits for monitoring coastal and marine areas in the form of reduced costs, better support for very long operations (up to several days in a row), and the opportunity to carry out missions that involve too great a risk for manned missions.

A key challenge when using drones for maritime surveillance is the limited capacity to transmit large amounts of sensor data via satellite. In this project, NR develops deep learning methodology that automatically interprets sensor data from airborne coastal and ocean monitoring.

An automated interpretation will enable NSM to offer the solution of the future, which uses high-capacity drones and advanced sensors, for operational maritime monitoring outside radio contact. An automated solution will also reduce the need for manual interpretation in operations with manned aircraft.

The project is supported by the Research Council of Norway’s IPN program.

Navn: OceanWatch – Next-generation analysis tool for monitoring sea and coastal areas

Partner: Norwegian Special Mission AS

Period: 2019-2023