MarITIME SITUATIONAL AWARENESS
Sirius Constellation Limited is an AI company focussed on the maritime sector.
It trades as SiriusInsight.AI to provide solutions for marine surveillance.
Our pioneering Maritime Surveillance Sensor Suites enable a complete, persistent picture of maritime activity
in and beyond territorial waters, delivering maritime situational awareness for government
and other agencies intrerested in security of the seas.
Border security at sea is challenging. The vastness of the oceans and complexity of coastlines means beaches go unwatched and are vulnerable; criminal activity is unchecked; and cries for help may go unheard.
Traditional solutions of patrolling ships and aircraft are expensive and inefficient
Big data and machine learning are enabling lower cost technologies to transform the way we monitor, analyse and respond to maritime activity.
Artificial intelligence is delivering a revolution in marine surveillance – automating the collection of data and the interpretation of results and so significantly reducing the cost of manning these systems while monitoring increasing amounts of data.
In our system, vessel data is collected from a variety of sensors.
Receiving data from both satellite and terrestrial sensors.
Our radar sensors can be mounted on the coast or at sea.
We have Optical and Thermal cameras for both day and night vision.
We have equipment to detect electromagnetic emissions from radar, radios and cellular phones.
This sensor information is then fused in real time to build an integrated picture.
Larger vessels are obliged to transmit an AIS signal and many others do so voluntarily which can be detected by satellite and by coastal receivers.
If the vessel is also detected on Radar, the two sources can be fused and a level of certainty can be applied to that contact.
If a contact is not transmitting on AIS but is detected on radar then it may warrant further investigation. If it is a larger vessel it can be labelled as non-compliant.
Camera detections deliver an additional layer of information.
Once detected on radar our camera then search for the vessel and our computer vision system provides an automated visual classification and enables an inference to be made as to what the vessel is doing.
Finally, the detection of electromagnetic emissions provides further information on the vessel, providing a ‘fingerprint’ which can be used for identification.
Having collected the individual detections, we fuse the separate sensor feeds to provide
rich and enhanced information on every contact.
This smart data can then be collated in the cloud , analysed and used to drive alerts of suspicious activity [such as large vessels not painting on AIS].
Traditional surveillance methods utilising patrol aircraft and vessels are very expensive and non-persistent. So the ability to build a picture and provide specific cueing is key.
The system thus provides an overview of vessels in a sea area highlighting suspect vessels and helping co-ordinate assets for interdiction.
We take raw sensor data from radar and AIS...
...and integrate it with camera imagery to provide a visual context with which to overlay the track data.
Computer Vision enables insight from cameras at day or at night – differentiating between different types of vessel
It can provide alerts on vessels that are in restricted areas, that are not reporting on AIS or even those approaching beaches of interest.
Our data is collected locally and then securely stored in a cloud environment meaning that it can be easily shared across many users.
Track data can be visualized within proprietary tools, or integrated into existing software solutions.
Systems can be monitored in real time during periods of heightened activity or where intelligence-led.
But at other times, targeted alerts of anomalous activity can be generated automatically and directed by the system to relevant operators who may otherwise be tasked on different activities.
Applications span the interests of multiple agencies.
Detecting small vessels with low radar cross section is challenging, but pattern of life algorithms can alert anomalous activity and allow sufficient time for interdicting assets to be directed to the scene.
This technique enables the detection of small vessels at night at long range – here a yacht monitored by an autonomous, remote thermal camera connected by 4G network.
But even more importantly, our algorithms are able to differentiate between activities without a visual reference point and without transponder reports, and so highlight anomalous vessel activity at scale.
These artificial intelligence algorithms are enabled by SiriusInsight’s unique combination of academic talent, artificial intelligence engineering and maritime domain expertise.
The ability to collate, process and analyse maritime data at scale, without human intervention, enables a wider, more persistent and more efficient coverage of the sea than was ever possible before.
This partnership is delivering a revolution in the observation of the sea.
Executive Management Team
Chief Executive Officer
Malcolm studied Computer Science at Durham and then, after 9 years in the Royal Navy, began a career in technology and operations first with GE Capital and then JPMorgan. He spent time in management roles with AIG Investments and Lloyds Banking Group before founding his own FCA regulated advisory business. Malcolm is a Fellow of the Institute of Securities and Investments, Associate Fellow of the Nautical Institute, an Elder Brother and Trustee at the Corporation of Trinity House, and supports a number of veteran and maritime charities.
Chief Operating Officer
Nick retired from the Royal Navy in December 2019 after 30 Years as an aviator, warfare officer and 4 times Commanding Officer, including the Aircraft Carrier HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH. He has commanded numerous maritime operations globally, worked in multinational operational headquarters at home and abroad and directly with Government in the Ministry of Defence.
Head of Maritime
Anthony retired from the Royal Navy as a Rear Admiral of the Operations Branch. In his 34 year naval career he commanded major warships and multi-national operations around the world. Since leaving the RN he has developed a career in Maritime Security, Consulting and Maritime Situational Awareness. He joined SiriusInsight.AI in 2017.
Chief Financial Officer
Christopher is a Chartered Accountant and Corporate Financier who has extensive experience of assisting companies with first funding through to IPO and exit. He trained with Arthur Andersen before entering corporate finance with Barings and then JPMorgan Cazenove. He has been advisor and non-executive director to a number of start-ups and more established operating companies.
The Rt. Hon the Lord Willetts FRS
Chair of the Advisory Board and NED
Lord (David) Willetts served as the Member of Parliament for Havant, as a Paymaster General in the last Conservative Government and as a Minister for Universities and Science, including responsibilities for Space. Also, David created the Newton Fund whilst Science Minister to promote science and research capabilities.
Professor Mischa Dohler
Mischa Dohler is full Professor in Wireless Communications at King’s College London, driving cross-disciplinary research and innovation in technology, sciences and arts. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Society of Arts (RSA), the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET); and a Distinguished Member of Harvard Square Leaders Excellence. He is a serial entrepreneur; composer & pianist with 5 albums on Spotify/iTunes; and fluent in 6 languages. He acts as policy advisor on issues related to digital, skills and education. He has had ample coverage by national and international press and media.
Vice Admiral Sir Clive Johnstone KBE CB
Geopolitics and International Partnerships
Sir Clive Johnstone is a recently retired Vice Admiral who until recently was NATO's Maritime Commander and principal maritime advisor to SACEUR. He has an impressive international and policy network and a broad strategic understanding. He has led Ships, Operational Commands and Headquarters and has a reputation as a change agent and innovator as well as having the ability to spot talent and enable others to shine. He is a proud champion of diversity and is an elite sports mentor - bringing an understanding of 'winning' into his daily business.
Peter's work experience includes insurance in Lloyd’s syndicates, reinsurance in Dennis M Clayton and hull and liability underwriting in Swiss Re. Peter was elected to the Joint Hull Committee in 2010, and was elected Chairman of that body in 2013. He regularly lectures at the Lloyd’s Maritime Academy, the technical courses for the Chartered Insurance Institute and has spoken at IUMI and Salvage conferences.
Legal and NED
Matthew has a proven record in a variety of investment and corporate management related disciplines including asset management, law, compliance, regulation, tax structuring, corporate governance, regulation, litigation, equity markets, fundraising, and human resource management.
European Space Agency
European Space Agency is providing grant funding to SiriusInsight.AI under the Business Application project framework.
Innovate UK funded a collaboration project betwen SIriusInsight.AI and Kings College London within the Emerging and Enabling Technologies Programme.
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