Seafaring vessels routinely collect data sets for live operations and discard them after they have served their immediate purpose. But systematic retrieval, storage, and analysis of such data can yield valuable insights that can aid short as well as long-term operations.
ShipShape from Charles River Analytics collects and stores data from vessels spread out over time and space, instead of a conventional use-once-and-discard approach.
ShipShape uses smart monitors to extract data, including the rate of turn, roll, speed, depth, position, and water temperature from existing sensors on boats, and can deliver real-time insights about vessel performance.
ShipShape also homogenizes data sets that might be in different formats and routes them securely to cloud-based databases for further analysis and insights.
The project grew from DARPA’s interest in having ocean data available to many parties, including citizen scientists and recreational boaters, explains Curt Wu, Chief Software Engineer and Principal Investigator of ShipShape.
Boat owners, marine technicians, and insurance underwriters are expected to find the vessel data useful, while maritime data brokers, commercial shippers, and citizen scientists will likely find additional insights with the maritime data collected.
The project, which ran through August 2022, targeted recreational boaters who, in surveys, shared that their primary concerns relate to maintaining security and safely operating the boats.
Charles River developed an app for recreational boaters that creates alerts to problems such as high-speed operations or if the boat is taking on water or is on fire. In addition, ShipShape alerts users to bad sensors.
“If you rely on your GPS and use a compass as backup, but if your GPS is wildly different from your compass, you want an alert because GPS is critical for navigation,” added Wu.
While other programs that alert owners about boat safety do exist, ShipShape offers more by storing data long-term. By analyzing data over time, ShipShape is expected to deliver predictive maintenance, alerting users when onboard engines are about to fail.
“We can be proactive about repair and warn users much before failure even happens; that is one of our biggest use cases,” said Wu.
ShipShape will also likely be available at a lower price point than other equivalent products for recreational boaters. In addition, ShipShape offers an option that uses sensors and hardware components that might already be onboard, explained Wu. Full customization to access a range of data other than what sensors already provide is also a possibility.
Once ShipShape finds a place with recreational boaters, commercialization will extend to work boats and commercial shippers. Real-time data can also help larger cargo ships optimize routes, especially during severe weather events. This is an advantage, especially as global supply chains are increasingly coming under the spotlight, Wu says.
The scale of operations for commercial operations means even incremental savings using ShipShape can yield rich dividends. “Even if you increase efficiency by ten percent, that’s a huge deal for these companies,” Wu says.
(Learn More about Charles River Analytics from President, Karen Harper; Senior Vice President, Scott Neal Reilly; and Director of Human Resources, Jess DeCristoforo. Courtesy of Charles River Analytics and YouTube.)
Charles River Analytics brings foundational research to life, creating human-centered intelligent systems at the edge of what’s possible, through deep partnerships with their customers.
To learn more about Charles River Analytics, ShipShape, current projects, and capabilities in cybersecurity and marine systems, contact www.cra.com/contact-us.
PureTech Systems Takes Platinum for Best Maritime Perimeter Protection Solution
American Security Today’s Annual ‘ASTORS’ Awards is the preeminent U.S. Homeland Security Awards Program, and now entering it’s Eighth Year, continues to recognize industry leaders of Physical and Border Security, Cybersecurity, Emergency Preparedness – Management and Response, Law Enforcement, First Responders, as well as federal, state and municipal government agencies in the acknowledgment of their outstanding efforts to Keep our Nation Secure.
PureTech Systems (First of Six)
Best Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning Solution (Tie)
PureTech Systems product solutions deliver a fully integrated, automated outdoor wide-area and perimeter protection system that delivers among the highest probability of detection at the lowest nuisance alarm rates.
PureTech was recently issued a patent for nuisance alarm reduction in central monitoring operations.
PureActiv’s Auto-verify feature ensures only detections that are AI verified as targets of interest are alarmed upon, eliminating up to 95% of nuisance alarms. Additionally, PureActiv integrates with GPS for blue force (friend/foe) classification and tracking to aid interdictions.
This extensible solution enables organizations to start small and expand the system capabilities as time and budgets permit, making PureTech a trusted leader in securing the most critical perimeters and borders.
(PureActiv Auto-Verify only alarms on AI-verified targets of interest, eliminating up to 95% of nuisance alarms from motion analytics, fence sensors, radars, and other perimeter sensors, providing a superior level of security for your facility, infrastructure, and border. Courtesy of Puretech Systems and YouTube.)
PureTech Systems (Second of Six)
Best Long Range Surveillance Solution Protection Solution
Controlling national borders is an important part of a nation’s security, and the ability to effectively monitor vast areas in varied weather conditions and terrain, while accurately identifying potential threats at great distances is a complicated scenario.
The solution calls for knowledgeable personnel and accurate sensors that work together to quickly assess a situation and enable border agents to intervene effectively.
Ideal for Border Security, the PureActiv Automated Perimeter Intrusion Detection System enables detection and classification of intruders up to 6 miles away.
Once PureActiv automatically identifies an intruder, the system has the ability to automatically track them and quickly provide accurate intruder locations on a GIS map to the end-user.
(The MVSS platform utilizes PureTech Systems’ PureActiv software as its central command and control, providing AI-enhanced video detection and classification, user interface display, and sensor collaboration logic for the surveillance suite. The suite consists of visible and thermal cameras, laser illuminators, and range finders mounted on telescoping masts in the back of commercial pickup trucks. Courtesy of Fox 5, PureTech Systems, and YouTube.)
PureTech Systems (Third of Six)
Best Maritime Perimeter Protection Solution
Our nation and the world depend on the safe and efficient shipment of goods around the globe.
Threats to seaports and the resultant potential loss of lives and economic losses due to service interruptions make it imperative that seaports worldwide are properly protected from terrorist and safety-related events.
PureTech’s PureActiv wide area and perimeter protection solutions help Port Authorities improve the safety and security of seaports with a tangible return on investment, and automate the protection of land and water-side perimeters to help ensure the safety and security of personnel and critical assets.
By detecting intrusion events at the perimeter before they result in more catastrophic events, loss of life, and operational downtime, port authorities, and law enforcement can intervene to de-escalate situations and quickly return to normal operations.
The PureActiv system provides detection, alerting, and proactive deterring of potential safety and security events, which helps protect lives, cargo, and critical assets.
PureTech Systems (Fourth of Six)
Best Video Analytics Solution (Tie)
With almost 20 years of progressively sophisticated successful deployments, and continuous innovation, including 16 issued patents, PureTech Systems‘ patented geospatial AI video analytics provide users with the best-in-class probability of detection with the lowest false alarm rates for autonomously securing perimeters around facilities, infrastructures, and borders.
Key benefits of PureActiv AI Deep Learning Geospatial Video Analytics include:
Automatically detects, classifies, geolocates, tracks and alarms only on Objects of Interest.
Lower total cost of ownership when considering infrastructure cost and maintenance,
Effective in the most challenging of outdoor conditions.
Uses Convolutional, Neural Network Deep Learning, and Geo-spatial data for high-fidelity classification.
Longest detection ranges in the industry (over 5 miles), requiring fewer cameras.
Higher accuracy – Industry-leading Probability of Detection and low Nuisance Alarm Rate.
Simplified configurations support rapid deployment.
Image Stabilization and Autonomous PTZ camera lock-on-target tracking, enhances situational awareness.
Object geo-location on map enhances situational awareness.
Combines with other detection sensors (radar, fence, ground, etc.) for most demanding applications such as nuclear power plants.
Seamless integration with market-leading VMS systems including Genetec, Milestone, PureActiv AlertView, and others.
Easily scales to fit your needs today and tomorrow.
Camera agnostic- deploys on edge devices and/or servers.
PureTech Systems (Fifth of Six)
Best Mobile Surveillance ISR Solution
Scalable to small and large perimeters, the Rapid-Deploy Autonomous Perimeter Surveillance System (R-DAPSS) provides a temporary or permanent virtual perimeter protection system that requires very little deployment time. The smart and effective protection system uses a wireless connection to transmit alarms and video to a co-located or remote command and control center.
The R-DAPSS is equipped with PureTech’s patented AI and geospatially boosted video analytics, PureActiv, which provides among the highest probability of detection while maintaining near-zero nuisance alarms.
(PureTech’s PureActiv Rapid-Deploy Autonomous Perimeter Surveillance System enables airports, borders, military bases, seaports, transit agencies, and utilities to quickly deploy a temporary or permanent high-fidelity virtual perimeter system at substantially less cost and time than a hard-wired solution. The PureActiv R-DAPSS provides the same best-in-class level of perimeter intrusion detection, auto-verification, and automated deterrence as a hard wired-solution. Security and facility managers can now secure their perimeters quickly without planning and executing a large construction project. Courtesy of Puretech Systems and YouTube.)
The R-DAPSS is solar-powered, needing little to no backup fuel, thus providing an environmentally friendly protection system that does not require ground penetration and has little to no impact on local wildlife.
PureTech Systems (Sixth of Six)
Best Perimeter Protection System
PureTech Systems product solutions deliver a fully integrated automated outdoor wide-area and perimeter protection system with the highest probability of detection and lowest nuisance alarm rates for securing facilities, infrastructure, and borders.
PureActiv integrates with a vast array of short- and long-range perimeter sensors such as radar, buried or on-fence fiber detection systems, and ground sensors either singularly or combining them to provide just the right level of protection to cost-effectively meet the most secure perimeter requirements.
(PureActiv’s deep-learning trained automated perimeter protection system includes intrusion detection, auto-verification, PTZ Auto-follow, and invoking non-lethal acoustic deterrents. Our enhanced capabilities detect, geolocate, classify and track intrusions, alerting only on verified threats ensuring near-zero nuisance alarms with market-leading detection rates. Courtesy of Puretech Systems and YouTube.)
PureActiv is also successfully integrated with short and long-range Counter-UAS capabilities and simultaneously detects, tracks, and identifies land and aerial targets. In addition, the system offers automatic drone dispatch and flight to alarm locations. The system provides a bird’s eye view of the intruder and intrusion situation.
PureActiv boasts of some of the longest detection ranges in the industry (over 5 miles), which reduces system infrastructure; thereby lowering the total cost of ownership.
Combining of tracks from multiple radars and PureActiv AI Video Analytics, eliminates duplicate tracks on the GIS map and alarms from the same intrusion events; reducing clutter and improving situational awareness. Similarly, PureActiv Auto-verify feature ensures only detections that are AI verified as targets of interest are alarmed upon, eliminating up to 95% of nuisance alarms.
Additionally, PureActiv integrates with GPS for blue force (friend/foe) classification and tracking to aid interdictions and Team Awareness Kit for Android (ATAK) – providing enhanced situational awareness to security personnel by enabling the exchange of actionable information with central command and law enforcement personnel on the ground. This extensible solution enables organizations to start small and expand the system capabilities as time and budgets permit, making PureTech a trusted leader in securing the most critical perimeters and borders.
PureTech was also recognized as a Multi-‘ASTORS’ Awards Champion in the 2021, and 2018 Homeland Security Awards Programs.
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These challenges have become a national priority with an influx of investments in innovative new technologies and systems.
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The pinnacle of the Annual ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program is the Annual ‘ASTORS’ Awards Ceremony Luncheon Banquet, an exclusive, full-course plated meal event, in the heart of New York City.
This year’s exclusive sold-out ‘ASTORS’ luncheon featured representatives of law enforcement, public safety, and industry leaders who came together to honor the selfless service of those who stand on the front lines, and those who stand beside them – providing the capabilities and technologies to create a safer world for generations to come.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which came out in force, to discuss comprehensive collaborations between private and public sectors that have led to the development of intelligence and technologies which serve to protect our nation.
The continually evolving ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program emphasized the trail of Accomplished Women in Leadership in 2022, as well as the Significance and Positive Impact of Advancing Diversity and Inclusion in our Next Generation of Government and Industry Leaders.
The keynote address was provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) Deputy Executive Assistant Commissioner (DEAC) Diane Sabatino, who described the changes to CBP through the tragedy of 9/11 and the relentless commitment to its mission and ongoing investment in the latest technologies and innovations to protect our borders and Homeland.
The resounding theme of the DEAC’s remarks was her pride in the women and men of the CBP and their families who support them.
AST was also joined by Legendary Police Commissioner William Bratton, who spoke, as always, about his love for the City of New York, the Profession of law enforcement to which he has dedicated his life, and for which he continues to drive thought leadership and innovation.
New York City Police Department (NYPD) Chief of Department Kenneth Corey, came out to address Luncheon attendees and shared some of his experiences and the changes in policing he’s witnessed over his more than three decades of service.
FDNY Chief Joseph Jardin honored the men and women of the FDNY, not only those who currently serve but all of those who have selflessly served, with a special recognition of those lost on 9/11.
Chief Jardin spoke about the continuing health battle of many following 9/11 with cancer and respiratory disease, yet now knowing the full consequences, would not have made a different decision to respond.
As Chief Jardin noted, mission-driven service is in the lifeblood of every firefighter, volunteer and sworn and has been so throughout the history of the Fire Service.
Former head of the FBI’s active shooter program, Katherine Schweit joined AST to sign complimentary copies of her book, ‘STOP THE KILLING: How to End the Mass Shooting Crisis,’ thanks to the generosity of our 2022 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Sponsors.
The 2022 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program was Proudly Sponsored by NEC National Security Systems (NSS), ATI Systems, Automatic Systems of America, guardDog AI, Fortior Solutions, IPVideo Corporation, Rajant Corporation, RX Global, and SIMS Software!
We were pleased to welcome the esteemed New York City Fire Department (FDNY); the New York City Police Department (NYPD); and the NYC Hospital Police, as well as Executive Management from the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), and many other DHS agencies, Federal law enforcement agencies, and private/public partnerships such as the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives (NAWLEE), the 30×30 Initiative, a coalition of professionals advancing the representation of women in policing; and Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI) (rail safety advocates).
The prestigious Annual ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program highlights the most cutting-edge and forward-thinking security solutions coming onto the market today, to ensure our readers have the information they need to stay ahead of the competition and keep our Nation safe – one facility, street, and city at a time.
In 2022 over 240 distinguished guests representing Federal, State, and Local Governments, and Industry Leading Corporate Firms gathered from across North America, Europe, and the Middle East to be honored among their peers in their respective fields.
Each year, to keep our communities safe and secure, security dealers, installers, integrators, and consultants, along with corporate, government, and law enforcement/first responder practitioners, convene in New York City to network, learn and evaluate the latest technologies and solutions from premier exhibiting brands at ISC East, the Natural Disaster & Emergency Management Expo (NDEM EXPO), and the ASIS NYC Expo.
ISC East is the Northeast’s leading security & public safety event, hosted in collaboration with sponsor Security Industry Association (SIA) and in partnership with ASIS NYC.
Corporate firms, the majority of which return year to year to build upon their Legacy of Wins, include:
Advanced Detection Technologies, AMAROK, ATI Systems, Axis Communications, Automatic Systems, BriefCam, Canon U.S.A., Cellbusters, CornellCookson, CyberArk Fortior Solutions, guardDog.ai, Hanwha Techwin of America, High Rise Escape Systems, IPVideo Corporation, Konica Minolta Business Solutions, NEC National Security Systems, NICE Public Safety, OnSolve, PureTech Systems, Quantum Corporation, Rave Mobile Safety, Regroup Mass Notification, Robotic Assistance Devices, Rajant Corporation, SafeLogic, Select Engineering Services LLC, Singlewire Software, SolarWinds Worldwide, Teledyne FLIR, Valor Systems, and West Virginia American Access Control Systems, just to name a few!
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Today’s new generation of public safety and security experts need real-time knowledge to deal with domestic and international terrorism, lone wolf attacks, unprecedented urban violence, shifts in society, culture, and media bias – making it increasingly difficult for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, First Responders, Military and Private Security Professionals to implement coordinated security measures to ensure national security and improve public safety.
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AST has Expanded readership into integral Critical Infrastructure audiences such as Protection of Nuclear Facilities, Water Plants & Dams, Bridges & Tunnels, and other potential targets of terrorism.
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From Physical Security (Access Control, Critical Infrastructure, Perimeter Protection, and Video Surveillance Cameras and Video Management Systems), to IT Security (Cybersecurity, Encryption, Data Storage, Anti-Malware, and Networking Security – to name a few), the 2021 ‘ASTORS’ CHAMPIONS EDITION will have what you need to Detect, Delay, Respond to, and Mitigate today’s real-time threats in our constantly evolving security landscape.
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