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Persistent maritime traffic monitoring for the Canadian Arctic

: Ulmke, Martin; Battistello, Giulia; Biermann, Joachim; Mohrdieck, Camilla; Pelot, Ronald; Koch, Wolfgang


Pham, Tien (Ed.) ; Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers -SPIE-, Bellingham/Wash.:
Ground/Air Multisensor Interoperability, Integration, and Networking for Persistent ISR VIII : 10-13 April 2017, Anaheim, California, United States
Bellingham, WA: SPIE, 2017 (Proceedings of SPIE 10190)
ISBN: 978-1-5106-0881-8
ISBN: 978-1-5106-0882-5
Paper 101900Q, 11 pp.
Conference "Ground/Air Multisensor Interoperability, Integration, and Networking for Persistent ISR" <8, 2017, Anaheim/Calif.>
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer FKIE ()

This paper presents results of the Canadian-German research project PASSAGES (Protection and Advanced Surveillance System for the Arctic: Green, Efficient, Secure)1 on an advanced surveillance system for safety and security of maritime operations in Arctic areas. The motivation for a surveillance system of the Northwest Passage is the projected growth of maritime traffic along Arctic sea routes and the need for securing Canada's sovereignty by controlling its arctic waters as well as for protecting the safety of international shipping and the intactness of the arctic marine environment. To ensure border security and to detect and prevent illegal activities it is necessary to develop a system for surveillance and reconnaissance that brings together all related means, assets, organizations, processes and structures to build one homogeneous and integrated system. The harsh arctic conditions require a new surveillance concept that fuses heterogeneous sensor data, contextual information, and available pre-processed surveillance data and combines all components to efficiently extract and provide the maximum available amount of information. The fusion of all these heterogeneous data and information will provide improved and comprehensive situation awareness for risk assessment and decision support of different stakeholder groups as governmental authorities, commercial users and Northern communities.