One of the big problems for national intelligence, defense, and law enforcement organizations – as well as many others throughout the maritime ecosystem who are required to detect, identify and monitor vessels – is the HUGE amounts of data.
For instance, smuggling detection requires understanding the regular vessel patterns of thousands of ships and their past behavioral history, current sanctions restrictions and evasion typologies, deceptive shipping practices, etc.
The maritime ecosystem changes quickly and maintaining operational readiness and strategic decision-making capabilities requires the right technology platform. Without an AI-powered solution, it is impossible to analyze hundreds of millions of data points to quickly arrive at an accurate risk prediction, and act upon it to mitigate exposure.
The bottom line is that no one approach, or technology can serve as a single source of truth, monitor the entirety of the vast seas, and provide a holistic view of risk. Maritime domain awareness and putting dots on a map is not sufficient…because some of those dots represent ships that are NOT where they purport to be! Not all vessels that transmit are legit – rather than risking their vessels and cargo by “going dark,” today’s more sophisticated bad actors prefer to “hide in plain sight” by using techniques such as location (GNSS) manipulation.
Windward, the leading Maritime AI™ company, understands the obstacles and the solutions to overcoming them.