In a recent article for Intersec magazine, Tony KIngham explores how advancements in technology have helped to address the increasing threat to critical infrastructure.
In February this year, the UN Security Council (UNSC) urged joint measures to protect ‘critical infrastructure’ against the backdrop of increasingly diverse physical and cyber threats from terrorist groups. In a resolution adopted unanimously, the 15-member Council reiterated “the need to strengthen efforts to improve security and protection of particularly vulnerable targets, such as infrastructure and public places.”
One of the key challenges facing us is the sheer number of potential targets and the fact that most are not operated by government bodies but by commercial organisations. Many of these organisations also operate across national borders, which further complicates managing national jurisdictions and legislative governance.
Another challenge is how to integrate multiple systems from multiple manufacturers, including CCTV, thermal image camera’s, advanced electro-optics, motion sensors, IR sensors, microwave sensors, radar, sonar, acoustic, the list goes on, into one effective security system?
To address this problem Monaco based company, MARSS have developed the NiDAR system.
Developed over 10 years of collaboration with the European Union, European defence agencies, NATO and academia, NiDAR is a non-platform specific command and control system for protecting high value maritime and land-based assets such as critical infrastructure. Through the integration of multiple sensor and data feeds it will generate a 360° perimeter security shield around any asset.
Rob Balloch, Sales Director at MARSS said:
“NiDAR is platform agnostic, it can handle an almost unlimited number of sensors working on virtually any known operating platform made by any manufacturer.
The real beauty of NiDAR is that anyone who can operate an iPad or an iPhone can run their entire system from a single tablet via a user-friendly touch screen experience. It provides total integration of all their sensors generating a single tactical picture on a single display.
Using an advanced algorithm, the system will automatically build alarm and warning zones, intelligently detect, classify and respond to multiple air, surface and underwater objects determining potential threat levels whilst allowing for the legitimate movement of regular traffic. Meaning the user to sit back and monitor the system and it can even be operated and monitored remotely.”