Contributing to a safer Baltic Sea
Saab presents a complete solution for all the nations in the Baltic Sea region, able to handle the increasing traffic and contributing to a safer and securer sea.
The Baltic Sea is facing several challenges. To provide a co-ordinated response to these, the EU commission has proposed a strategy for the Baltic Sea, stressing the importance of cooperation between the member states.
Key challenges according to the EU commission
The commission has also identified four key challenges for the Baltic Sea region that requires urgent attention:
* enable a sustainable environment,
* enhance the region’s prosperity,
* increase accessibility and attractiveness, and
* ensure safety and security in the region.
Connecting all Baltic Sea nations in a common infrastructure
Saab is already today providing several Swedish maritime authorities, as well as the navy, with systems for creating a higher degree of situational awareness. The company has also provided Sweden and Finland with a system (SUCFIS) for creating a common situational view.
Saab sees the potential to build upon these existing systems and increase the level of collaboration, adding more functions as well as connecting all the nations facing the Baltic Sea in a common infrastructure.
Enhancing collaboration capabilities
The Baltic Sea is a shared resource and vessels in transit pass through many areas of responsibility, so there is a need for collaboration. This concerns areas such as integration of different coastal watch systems as well as rules and regulations regarding how to interact in a critical situation.
Common coastal surveillance systems could give authorities the tools for controlling and managing the increasing flow of traffic. The systems would be integrated with radars and other sensors to receive the optimal overall picture. Securing the seas also calls for collaboration between the enforcing authorities, both within each country, but also between the neighbouring states.
To facilitate this, Saab focuses on command and control solutions that enhance the collaboration capabilities.
Saab’s solution comprises:
* Systems for surveillance and control at sea
Command and control solutions that provides authorities with the tools for controlling and managing traffic flows, airborne surveillance for monitoring of very large areas, systems for coastal surveillance, and unmanned aerial vehicles for specific surveillance missions.
* Systems for coastal surveillance
Sea surveillance radar for monitoring of vessels, AIS transponders, search and rescue solutions, systems for analyzing traffic anomaly to discover smuggling and other threats, a system for integrating different radio systems, the VTS system combining different sensors and delivering a complete picture of vessel traffic at the outer range of the port management, and environmental sensors.
* Systems for the approach zone
Hull inspection system for automatically scanning of vessels beneath the surface, virtual underwater fences for checking passages on and below the surface, and a radar system monitoring vessels approaching the coast line or leaving to the sea.
* Systems for the harbour area
Command and control systems combining information from different sources for an overall picture, systems for underwater control, landside security such as fences, cameras, motion detectors and access control, ssystems for video content analysis, and integrated sensors for enhanced area control.
The European Parliament published a report in late 2006 calling for a strategy for the Baltic Sea region. On 14 December 2007, the European Council in its Presidency Conclusions invited the Commission to present a European Union strategy for the Baltic Sea region. The strategy is now in place, and it is one of Sweden’s prioritized areas during their EU presidency. The ambition is that the strategy shall be accepted by the European Council in their meeting in October.
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