What is Multi-INT in the Maritime Industry?

Multi-INT, short for “multi-intelligence,” is the combination of different intelligence disciplines. Law enforcement agencies use a multi-INT approach to generate a more complete picture of maritime activities, threats, and vulnerabilities. This enables more effective decision-making and operational planning and is instrumental in detecting security threats, smuggling, piracy, and other maritime crimes. It strengthens their ability to protect maritime interests through collaborative intelligence and information sharing. 

What Intelligence Disciplines are Part of a Multi-INT Approach?

Multi-INT consists of data from multiple sources. While not every multi-INT deployment uses each of the intelligence disciplines listed in the following table, these are the primary sources that make up multi-INT. 

Intelligence DisciplineDescriptionSource
SIGINTSignals intelligence: interception and analysis of electronic signals, communications, and transmissions.Electronic signals, communications
IMINTImagery intelligence: collection and analysis of imagery from satellites, drones, and other sources.Satellites, drones, aerial platforms
GEOINTGeospatial intelligence: analysis of geographical and spatial information to understand patterns and relationships.Satellite imagery, mapping data
HUMINTHuman intelligence: gathering intelligence from human sources, including agents, informants, and defectors.Agents, informants, defectors
OSINTOpen-source intelligence: collection and analysis of publicly available information from various sources.Publicly available sources, internet
MASINTMeasurement and signature intelligence: analysis of physical and technical data to detect and identify threats.Sensors, technical data
Cyber IntelligenceMonitoring and analysis of cyber threats, vulnerabilities, and activities in cyberspace.Cyber networks, internet
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How Does Multi-INT Support Maritime Law Enforcement?

Law enforcement officials looking at just one source of data may not have a complete picture, and be unable to draw conclusions about whether a ship is involved in deceptive shipping practices. 

Multi-INT, combined with a foundation of Maritime AI™ technologies, dramatically boosts maritime law enforcement capabilities, particularly in combating illicit activities (such as drug smuggling at sea). Here’s an example of how this integration can be leveraged in a drug bust scenario:

Maritime AI™ algorithms analyze patterns and anomalies in vessel movements and communication data, identifying suspicious behaviors, such as loitering in high-risk areas, or unusual deviations from standard shipping routes. The system flags these vessels for closer scrutiny, based on historical data and predictive modeling.

A Multi-INT Platform for Enhanced Operational Visibility

  • Leverage daily optical imagery on-demand: seamless, integrated delivery of daily global optical images without tasking requirements:
    • Greater coverage with 3m per pixel – high resolution with daily re-visits
    • Additional context for investigating moving objects
    • Investigate past events with an image library dating back to 2016
  • Extend visibility with on-demand SAR: overcome cloudy areas and nighttime with on-demand SAR images for pre-defined areas:
    • Total confidentiality, with independent, remote tasking not directly connected to tasking unit
    • A resolution range, according to your needs
    • Full night-time and cloudy area coverage
  • A new standard in operational intelligence: Maritime AI™ and predictive analytics enable enhanced remote sensing tipping and cueing, and can transform operations, as well as decision-making processes. Predictive analytics enrich the process by applying advanced, patent-pending algorithms to analyze behavioral trends and forecast future events.