Createc has received the contract to develop the new maritime radar system. Technology and Innovation in UK Maritime Call, a Maritime Research and Innovation UK (MarRI-UK) initiative supported by the Department for Transport, was designed to help the development of technological innovation or proof of concept of new ideas that improve the UK Maritime services and operations.
Createc robotics engineer Sam Jakobson said: “GPS can be subjected to disruption and spoofing, such as areas of the world where pirates are active.“Also if GPS fails then you have to revert to a very old-fashioned system of reading from charts.There’s a big gap in the market for an alternative which would be an important navigation aid for all naval and commercial shipping.Our alternative provides a standalone, infrastructure-free system, needing no land-based transmitters. This means it has the worldwide capability, not being tied to any network of land-based units.”
Createc is developing Live Maps: Sea, an infrastructure-free navigation system, designed to assist commercial and naval shipping.
It is being developed as a secure, reliable and independent alternative to current satellite-based navigation systems, the Global Positioning System (GPS), a satellite-based radio navigation system that is owned by the United States government, being the most common.The UK government’s Maritime 2050 strategy highlights an over-reliance on GPS.
With Brexit on the horizon creating uncertainty on how the UK will access other traditional systems such as the European Galileo global navigation satellite system, the timing of a back-up system such as Live Maps: Sea is also seen as important.
Createc has already been working on the algorithm development required and is due to start data collection off the west coast of Scotland next month.
The first-at-sea trial aims to provide proof of concept that the Live Maps: Sea system – which integrates live radar data with coastline reference mapping – works within the operating range of the radar.
Createc provides commercially-viable solutions to a range of industries, including the civil nuclear, oil and gas, construction, engineering, medical, aerospace, rail, marine, defense and security sectors.