We are developing deep learning methodologies that will automatically interpret sensor data from airborne monitoring of sea and coastal areas. Automated interpretations will enable operational maritime monitoring without radio contact and minimise the need for manual interpretation in manned aircraft operations.

Radar image (SAR) showing an oil spill from an oil rig. Image: OceanWatch

Monitoring sea areas along the Norwegian coast

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.

Monitoring with drones

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.

Advantages with automated interpretations

A key challenge when using drones for maritime surveillance is the limited capacity to transmit large amounts of sensor data via satellite. 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.

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

Partner: Norwegian Special Mission AS

Period: 2019-2023

Funding: The Research Council of Norway (IPN programme)