Despite the abundance of sensors in ports, harbors, waterways, and along coastlines, we still don’t have the big maritime picture—because they aren’t connected. The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T) has started to change that by enabling the many existing maritime sensors to plug into a system-oriented architecture called the Coastal Surveillance System (CSS), a key element of the DHS Port and Coastal Surveillance Improvement Project.
Software called the Smart Integration Manager Ontologically Networked (SIMON) and a project named the Open Mongoose System (OMS)—and the ability to collect, understand and share data—have made it possible. SRI International of St. Petersburg, Florida, developed the SIMON system to connect various data generated by maritime-security sensors and display the various feeds into a single consolidated operational picture. The SIMON interface can connect with any sensor and manage and display the information.