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Technology to Protect Against Maritime Piracy

IPATCH will provide technology to protect ships and their crews from the modern-day scourge of piracy which is proliferating throughout the world, bringing severe human, financial and political costs, as well as affecting international seaborne trade.

The IPATCH Vision

Intelligent Piracy Avoidance using Threat detection and Countermeasure Heuristics

Detecting a piracy threat in good time is of utmost importance to vessels in high-risk areas.
The IPATCH system will use advanced sensors and data fusion to provide the Master of the ship with the information needed to decide how best to mitigate the threat, be that calling for assistance or bringing the crew into the secure citadel.

Data Fusion

The on-board system will analyse and fuse information from advanced radar and optronic sensors, also combining it with data from bridge systems (such as AIS) and knowledge from international databases.

Threat Detection

360° situational awareness and behaviour modelling will enable the system to automatically recognise and warn the Master and crew of potentially threatening behaviours towards the vessel.


Decision Support

A decision support tool will support the ship's Master and crew in selecting possible countermeasures specific to the situation and provide guidance to implement them quickly and effectively.

Latest News

Horizon magazine article on IPATCH and PROMERC

Horizon, the EU innovation and research magazine, has published an article on the IPATCH and PROMERC research projects.

Posted Wednesday, February 22, 2017

IPATCH Presents Paper at European Conference in Intelligence Security Informatics (EISIC) 2016

IPATCH partners will present a joint paper, entitled "The IPATCH System for Maritime Surveillance and Piracy Threat Classification", at the European Intelligence and Security Informatics Conference (EISIC) this year, being held on 17-19 August 2016 in Uppsala, Sweden.

Posted Wednesday, August 17, 2016

IPATCH presents 4 papers at the MAST 2016 conference

The IPATCH project members presented 4 papers at this year's MAST (Maritime/Air Systems and Technologies) conference and trade show, held in Amsterdam from 21st - 23rd June, 2016.

Posted Wednesday, June 22, 2016