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Global Expansion of ViDAR Maritime Sensors

Sentient Vision Systems report more than 10 separate proof of performance programme and evaluation initiatives currently in place with maritime defense organizations By Sarah Simpson / 13 Oct 2022
Global Expansion of ViDAR Maritime Sensors

The Australian tech innovator and pioneer of optical radar, ViDARTM (Visual Detection and Ranging) Sentient Vision Systems will announce regional expansion from its new base in the Netherlands, headed by Maurice A. Raaijmakers, Regional Director of Business Development, Europe & Africa, at EURONAVAL 2022.

Maurice A. Raaijmakers, Sentient Vision Systems’ newly appointed Regional Director of Business Development, Europe & Africa.

ViDARTM has achieved an acknowledged global track record for its ability to detect small objects on the sea surface over a very wide area, in conditions up to Sea State 6. Sentient Vision Systems’ strategy for further developing its leading position as a provider of Search and Rescue (SAR) and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) solutions, to integrators of crewed and uncrewed aircraft OEMs, is central to its expansion across NATO and Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), reporting more than 10 separate proof of performance programme and evaluation initiatives currently in place with maritime defense organizations and agencies including European navies.

“EURONAVAL provides us with the ideal platform to promote the roll out of the ViDAR maritime portfolio for a range of applications from NATO navies to coast guard, border patrol and search and rescue agencies” explained Raaijmakers. “Lessons being learned in theater in Ukraine demonstrate the need for real-time intelligence – and that demands AI-enabled surveillance technologies including full motion video capture to identify threats. ViDAR Surface along with our maritime portfolio provide commanders with a competitive advantage, where split second decisions spell the difference between mission success or failure,”

The ViDAR portfolio provides airborne solutions for both maritime and land ISR and SAR with a mix of airborne pod and integrated platform solutions, that incorporate a combination of AI-powered processors and EO/IR sensors, for fixed wing aircraft, helicopters and UAS. ViDAR enables airborne operators to cover a search area up to 300 times greater than an aircraft using traditional search methods.

The latest product introduction includes Artificial Intelligence (AI) enabled ViDAR Surface – a next generation surface lookout providing a day and night autonomous ocean surface surveillance capability.

Available in a range of single to multi-sensor self-contained pods, ViDAR Surface is designed for real-time situational awareness and can detect ships, low profile boats, small boat swarms, persons in the water, and aircraft. It can be deployed with a range of shore-based and maritime surface platforms, either crewed or uncrewed.

According to Paul Harris, Global Director of Business Development, Sentient Vision Systems, “ViDAR is the maritime sensor of choice deployed by an increasing number of operators for their ISR and SAR operations. Our platform agnostic approach enables us to partner with integrators and OEMs world-wide to optimize the user’s platform, reinforcing our global leadership with every successful roll-out of the ViDAR capability.”

“We are determined to remain the key driver of this technology and its various maritime and land applications. With new developments currently in trial ahead of customer deployment we will maintain our advantage in demanding blue water scenarios. As the creators of ViDAR, our own proprietary technology, and continuous 20+ year investment in R&D, we continue to lead this market dynamic segment,” adds Paul Harris.

Sentient Vision will be showcasing ViDAR maritime sensors at EURONAVAL 2022, Paris, 18-21 October, Booth #G69, Hall 2B, Team Defence Australia.

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