Maritime Surveillance

Based on the experience of the Management Team, which from the beginning of the last decade worked on the main initiatives at industrial, institutional, national and European levels, today Aster is an engineering excellence partner that specializes in supporting the implementation of maritime policies, operational requirements analysis, technical specifications preparation and in technical assistance for the deployment of infrastructure and operating systems for maritime surveillance, as well as for the supervision of the implementation of systems and their operations and life cycle support.

• Legal and regulatory knowledge framework in the field of maritime surveillance at national, international and EU community levels (policies, regulations, operational requirements, state of the art technology, performance validation protocols)
Consolidated relations and professional accreditation with  the most important institutional stakeholders at national and European level
Excellence and engineering know-how to support the whole life cycle of projects for maritime surveillance and monitoring technologies and systems, including modern regional VTMIS, port security systems, the AIS, LRIT, reporting systems and open sea monitoring systems.
Following the latest developments in marine policies, national and international authorities are defining the VTM (Vessel Traffic Management) and E-Navigation operational concepts as a natural evolution of the VTS / VTMIS concepts in terms of integrated sea traffic management from port to port and to the provision of geo-spatial navigational aid to ships in transit in the navigation hallways, on board, directly integrated with the navigation system.
The implementation of these new operational concepts will require the integration of traditional technologies with new and more sophisticated monitoring technology and satellite broadband communication infrastructures for the management of regionalized traffic.
ASTER is actively involved in the definition and implementation of these new operational concepts, as it provides operational and strategic support for institutional and industrial partners to adapt their technical and procedural standard to changes in policies and applicable regulations.
We have specific expertise in integrated surveillance systems architecture design, combining, according to the specific performance requirements, possible threats and expected targets, different radar sizes and types, planning and tracking systems and customized data processing and fusion. In particular, the operational requirements may result in the combination and integration, at the tracker level, of the following:

Radar K-band millimetres, port and coastal surveillance for short-range and high resolution (profiling)
• Coherent X-band radar for surveillance and monitoring of long-haul routes
Satellite Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) for the detection, identification and classification of vessels on the periodic high seas (GMES)
• Reporting systems and automatic identification, tracking cooperating automatic vessels identification and authentication in near and contiguous seas (AIS) and in open sea (LRIT).

• Feasibility Studies, Design & Owner Engineering
• Works Supervision and Control of projects for the implementation of technological infrastructures
• System Engineering Support
• Modelling & Performance Simulation
• Requirements Engineering
• Specialist Studies
• RAMS and ILS Analysis
• CaRPET Simulator
• Global Mapper
• SuperNEC
• Full Wave RF Propagation Code
• IEEE 1220 (System Engieering)
• ISO/IEC 12207:2008 (SW Lifecycle)
• IMO Res. 857(20) VTS System Definition
• IMO MSC/Circ. 1072, MSC 147(77) SSAS
• IMO Res. A.801(19) GMDSS
• IMO A.851(20) SRS
• IMO Rec. MSC74(69) Annex 3, IMO-NAV 50/4
• IALA VTS Manual
• IALA Recommendations V-119, V-127, V-128
• IALA Recommendation A-123, A-124 (AIS)
• IALA Recommendation V-125
• ITU-R Rec. P-370 (Cop. VHF & UHF)
• ITU-R Rec. M. 1371.1 (AIS Design)
• IEC Standard 61993-2 (AIS Validation)