The rise of the artificial intelligence in maritime security

The shipping industry is expanding and technology is quickly advancing, therefore companies and crew members need to constantly updated regarding the best security protocols to protect their vessel, crew members and their country.

That is one of the reasons why maritime security is one of the latest buzzwords of international relations. Major actors have started to include maritime security in their mandate or reframe their work in such terms. Maritime security is a term that raises awareness to new challenges and rallies support for tackling these.

There is reportedly no evidence to suggest that the COVID-19 pandemic has had an immediate impact on security threats at sea. However, it could be argued that the pandemic, at least over time, may indirectly affect the overall risk related to piracy and armed robbery at sea. Crew fatigue and a reduction in a crew’s ability to perform security procedures diligently may impact the safety level of a vessel.

Maritime Security Threats

From pirates to smugglers, migrants to hackers, from stolen fish to smuggled drugs, the sea is becoming a place of increasing importance on the global agenda as criminals use it as a theatre to conduct their crimes unfettered.

Because maritime security is such a diverse concept, maritime security threats are broad. In relation to port security, for example, maritime security threats include:

  • Piracy
  • Smuggling
  • Stowage and illegal immigration
  • Safeguarding ships in conflicted waters
  • Terrorist attacks
  • Environmental disasters

Maritime security has been one of the most significant concerns for the international maritime community

While safety in shipping has improved over the years, 100 ships are still lost every year, on average, and there continues to be a high number of work-related injuries and fatalities compared to other industries.

Since the marine sector is so vast and the massive amount of goods entering the country is difficult to screen, every precaution possible to minimizing malicious exploitation is critical.

One way forward is for individual shipping companies to improve their sustainability practices by setting targets for specific environmental improvements, following ambitious ship recycling standards, improving safety performance, investing in employee training, and expanding workforce diversity.

There is also a need for collaborative efforts involving a coalition of stakeholders across the maritime spectrum, including shipping companies, banks, investors, insurers, and regulators.

Why are maritime security courses so important?

Through supervision, inspection and proactive procedures, the maritime industry does its best to minimize threats to maritime security, both malicious and accidental. And as the maritime industry evolves and the marine sector grows, vigilance, enforcement and training will have to keep up with technology and increased opportunity for threats.

Maritime safety training is offered to numerous organisations, mainly from the military and institutional communities: navy, coast guard, police, special forces.

Maritime security has already become a global concern in the present world, severe threats could be posed if maritime security is jeopardized, as has been proven by a large number of incidents of such kind.

Neural Guard – Our vision

Neural Guard was established on the strong foundations and market leadership of the Renful Group combining cutting-edge technology with Renful’s 25 years of experience in X-ray screening software and security expertise.

The company has a global reach in over 80 countries promising a vast amount of diverse data and “on the ground” security screening knowledge. We are able to provide complete and comprehensive solutions to our client’s needs combining the group’s diverse product line.

We look forward to working with you, to pursue our goal of a safer and more secure world!

The EyeFox solution

EyeFox detects and identifies hidden threats. Our solution employs deep learning computer vision to the screening process for automatic threat detection. Also, it creates a centralised image processing network whose value increases exponentially as it develops, learns and improves with data aggregation.

Machine learning plays a key role in the AI technology we use, where a computer system is fed large amounts of data, which it then uses to learn how to carry out a specific task.

EyeFox provides unrelenting and focused analysis, rapidly distinguishing threats from other items in real-time. This minimizes close contact with bag contents and people, increasing efficiency and throughput.