Distributed Networked Sensors
- Robust integrated surveillance and communication
- Detect underwater intruders covertly
- Protect high value assets
Underwater networks consist of a variable number of sensors and vehicles that are deployed to perform collaborative monitoring tasks over an extended area. Wide area networks interface to radio-based systems at the surface, such as network-centric warfare systems.
In 2007 WFS won a contract from the UK MoD "Competition of Ideas" to develop the key components of an electromagnetic sensing net for the purpose of Maritime Security and Force protection. Utilizing wireless technology developed by WFS to operate in poor quality waters and harbors with high ambient noise, this system is a robust integrated surveillance and communication solution which enables high value assets to be protected while economizing manpower.
Any intruder (divers, UAV) crossing through the sensing net will be almost instantly detected and its characteristic size, movement and direction would trigger closer investigation. Targeted at stationary vessels deployed outside home waters, as well as in ports, harbors, and offshore anchorages, the WFS sensing net can be erected round an asset to detect underwater intruders covertly, and without alerting the enemy.
Easy to deploy and operate, it offers protection from terrorists and enemy special forces, while the discrete nature of this wireless technology helps avoid the eventuality of a diplomatic upset.