Protecting a country's coastline is an important function, from preventing piracy and armed threats to simply discouraging illegal fishing or smuggling activities, each country has its own marine protection agencies to safeguard its seas. On some occassions the fuctions of these agencies can overlap. Broadly, other than the Navy, these agencies can be
- Coast Guard
- Border Patrol
- Police Naval Patrol
- Customs Coastal Patrol
- Marine Rescue
- Marine and Coastal Surveillance etc
1. Coastline Surveillance Solution
ACE6 full mesh advance microwave mMESH solution can provide marine protection agencies with advance communication technologies to effectively respond to a range of common coastal threats and emergencies. mMESH can be integrated with various maritime surveillance cameras, sofware and drone products.
mMESH allows the creation of a marine private network for the marine protection agencies. The network will alow the transmission of video, data and voice, and GPS lcation, amongst the vessels and RHIBs that has a mMESH node installed. Integrated with surveillance cameras, real time video can be sent back to Command and any patrol vessels in the area that is connected to the network. The network infrastruture is flexible and can be expanded depending on the operational requirements of the end user.
The local Command Centre can have a satellite communication system installed to maintain connectivity with other Command Centres and HQ. On a local level, mMESH, LTE and other communication solutions can be integrated to extend network coverage to the surrounding coastline.
Certain larger patrol vessels can also have marine VSAT system installed together with mMESH. mMESH are used to connect to smaller support vessels and RHIBs that cannot support marine VSAT antennas. With this network coverage, all vessels can be equipped with video cameras and Command HQ will have better situation awareness of the marine coastline, as well as observe any special operations conducted by the marine agency.
2. Team-based Solution
Marine agencies tasked with coastal protection will be required to send boarding parties to deal with many different situations, from piracy to smuggling activies to illegal fishing. Such operations always involved a team and having good situation awareness of the whole operation is critical, not only for decision making but also to ensure the safety of the boarding party. Equipped with Personnel Tactical Communication Kit, marine boarding parties will be able to stay connected to Command Ship.
Here is an example for maritime boarding situation.