Port Surveillance & Coastal Surveillance

Ports, open water areas and coastlines constitute a particular target for terrorism and other criminal activities because of their economic importance but also because they are very difficult to secure.

port surveillance


In the USA, port operations consist of over 300 sea and river facilities, and count more than 3,700 cargo and passenger terminals. So as to increase protection of the USA's ports and waterways, the U.S. Coast Guard enforced the Maritime Transportation Act, but threats from land and sea still exist in most ports. In Europe, foiled terrorist attacks were recently reported and represent a real concern.

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Challenges specific to ports include:


  • Kilometers of open water to secure, very wide areas
  • Possible important traffic around the monitored zone
  • Exposure to severe conditions: fog, wind
  • A passive, undetectable system is often imperative
  • Integration with COP workstation and display
  • Detection & tracking of boats undetectable by radars (RHIBS, small wooden boats...)
  • Detection and tracking of swimmers
  • Detection of small boats in rough sea

How can a 360° infrared system secure a port?

The Spynel panoramic infrared security systems are entirely adapted to port security and their surveillance needs. The 5 members of the Spynel range produce 360° images, and are compatible with the automatic intrusion detection software Cyclope, to track any type of threat in real-time. The IR sensors operate like "radars with eyes" but are totally passive and thus, undetectable. In addition, the Spynel mid or long wave infrared sensors can detect a small boat (RHIB) up to the horizon in total darkness and harsh weather conditions, including fog and rain.

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Port surveillance