Bird Aerosystems demonstrates maritime domain awareness system in Africa


Bird Aerosystems has successfully demonstrated its OSCAR (Ocean Surveillance Control and Reconnaissance solution) system in Africa.

The company on 14 January said during the trial, the OSCAR system was operated for a customer in Africa, and applied machine-learning algorithms on real-time maritime data sources such as satellite and terrestrial AIS (Automatic Identification System), satellite SAR(synthetic aperture radar)/EO (electro/optical)/IR (infrared), LRIT (long range tracking and identification), coastal radars, tactical sensors and more, and used it to detect, analyse and prioritize suspicious vessels while providing automatic intelligence and threat assessments and alerts of any suspicious or illegal activity detected.

The information provided by the OSCAR system enabled the customer to focus on specific vessels that were pointed out by the system as acting suspiciously, examine them, and incriminate the ones performing illegal activities, Bird Aerosystems said.

Ronen Factor, Co-Chief Executive Officer and Founder at BIRD Aerosystems said, “We are happy to announce that we have completed a successful operational trial of the OSCAR Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) solution in Africa. As we expected, the system was very effective in pointing out the suspicious vessels amongst hundreds of ordinary vessels, therefore allowing the customer to pinpoint his maritime patrol activities and achieve a very high operational efficiency in a cost-effective way. OSCAR is a Fully autonomous and advanced multi-sensor MDA system, and we hope that this trial will further expand the number of customers who are already interested in the system.”

The OSCAR system was due to be presented during the upcoming Africa Maritime Security Forum in Senegal last week.