The stakes are high because the loss of port services can have far-reaching strategic and economic ramifications.
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From terrorist attacks, sabotage and cyber attacks, to smuggling and other criminal activities, seaports today face a range of threats that can damage ships, facilities and employees – disrupting or even interrupting continuous operation.
Responding to the need to provide comprehensive port protection against the myriad of present and future dangers, ELTA Systems Ltd., the defense electronics subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), the world’s largest aerospace and defense company Israel, has drawn on its rich technological heritage and culture of innovation. in the Port Guard field (ELI-3320); a unique, proven, fully integrated end-to-end security solution designed for the complex operating environment of modern port facilities.
Port Guard provides operators and authorities with comprehensive situational awareness and the tools to react to events in real time, regardless of environmental conditions. The system is efficient, minimizing costs and manpower requirements while dealing with all aspects of port surveillance and defense.
Port Guard’s interconnected and interoperable sensors and systems merge large amounts of collected data into cohesive, actionable intelligence. All surveillance systems – in the air, on the ground, at sea and underwater – are managed from a centralized location supporting remote access to enable efficient offsite operation.
The system integrates IAI-ELTA’s cybersecurity and intelligence system know-how to quickly generate automated recommended actions, alleviating the heavy cognitive load on operators and decision-makers and allowing them to focus their attention and resources in the most efficient manner.
Port Guard’s flexible, modular and open architecture allows the system to be adapted from IAI’s wide range of proven sensors, systems and platforms as well as existing and third-party solutions to achieve an optimized configuration adapted to local geography, operating conditions and threats. In addition, the system design is future-proof: upgrades can be added for rapid adaptation to new and evolving threats.
Available sensors include: advanced radars using modern technologies such as Linear Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave (LFMCW) and Digital Beam Forming (DBF) for persistent surveillance and simultaneous tracking of hundreds of land, sea targets and aerial; SIGINT Suite with advanced vector sensor antenna (VSA) technology for passive RF and radar detection and classification; EO / IR payloads for day / night surveillance and targeting; Drone Guard anti-drone system for the detection, tracking and mitigation of drones and small unmanned aerial vehicles; Underwater Sonar Diver Detection System (DDS) for detection, classification and tracking; Underwater fiber optic electronic fencing for port protection; Automatic Identification Systems (AIS) and Satellite AIS (S-AIS); and various other sensors such as license plate readers and optical threat detection systems.
Auxiliary equipment, such as searchlights, speakers, underwater cameras and underwater security lights are also included with the turnkey solution. These are often contracted with local vendors to ensure local compatibility and support.
Sensors can be deployed from fixed installations incorporating strategically located towers, tethered balloons, hovering masts and other solutions. In addition, a wide choice of mobile platforms is available to complete the security package. Airborne solutions range from satellites and fixed and rotary wing surveillance aircraft to drones and small drones. Ground platforms include manned and unmanned surveillance vehicles, including ground robotics systems. For example, IAI-ELTA’s Guardium unmanned system can be deployed to provide autonomous, all-weather, day / night, 24/7 perimeter security with a variety of payloads, such as radar and an EO / IR camera.
This proven system increases protection without requiring a significant deployment of human resources. Maritime platforms include both surface craft and underwater vehicles, manned and unmanned, equipped with the necessary sensors.
The platform is constantly learning and adapting to new threats through an integrated machine learning (ML) engine.– IAI
Port Guard is controlled through the IAI-ELTA Horizon Command and Control Center (C2). Horizon manages all sensors and systems and facilitates interchangeability to meet operational and environmental conditions. It collects data from sensors, automatically correlates information, and creates a unified picture of situational awareness that enables rapid deployment of countermeasures against all interests and threats. Horizon connects to small distributed local port C2 stations to provide unified and comprehensive arena situational awareness.
The platform is constantly learning and adapting to new threats through an integrated machine learning (ML) engine. Horizon is also equipped with integrated and advanced decision-making algorithms and artificial intelligence (AI) for threat analysis and treatment.
Operators sit at workstations well equipped with comprehensive management tools including situational awareness image generation, call-to-action controls, event recorder, correlation and connectivity to external systems. Secure, high-speed communication – wireless or wired – from sensors to the operations center and to affected personnel facilitates remote operation, a particularly useful feature that enables senior managers to effectively manage events even when they are not. not physically present in the installation.
On the horizon
Horizon is complemented by IAI-ELTA’s next-generation highly advanced multi-intelligence system, which can be integrated to provide state-of-the-art analysis of the large amount of data provided by Port Guard’s extensive sensor suite. Horizon converts all multi-domain sensor data and turns it into actionable insights to establish information superiority and support optimized decision making.
The system is able to discover activities and hidden targets that would otherwise remain obscure. In addition, it can automatically trigger alerts, threats, targets and critical events in the relevant operational context. Artificial intelligence (AI) tools make it possible to adapt the solution to be optimized according to specific preferences, time and resolution. IAI-ELTA, through its dedicated Cyber division, can equip Port Guard with a comprehensive cybersecurity suite to strengthen the entire network against malicious cyber attacks. Alternatively, cybersecurity can be outsourced to local vendors as per customer requirements. Port Guard can be integrated with Security Operations Centers (SOC) and Cyber Early Warning Centers (CEWC) as part of national protection efforts.
Early detection and a rapid and effective response are of crucial importance to ensure port security. Multiple layers of advanced sensors form the basis of this effort but are not sufficient on their own. Rather, advanced tools must be included to effectively analyze incoming data and present the necessary information to decision makers in a clear and timely manner so that effective action can be taken on time. Port Guard, with its full line of sensors, state-of-the-art management and analysis tools, and future-proof flexibility, is the ideal response to current and future port security challenges.
For more information, please contact IAI.