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Paris Air Show: Bird Aerosystems show off OSCAR

12th June 2019 - 06:00 GMT | by The Shephard News Team in London

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Bird Aerosystems is set to officially launch, and demonstrate, a new autonomous multi-sensor maritime awareness system at Paris Air Show.

Named the OSCAR, which stands for Ocean Surveillance Control and Reconnaissance, this new system is integrated with Bird’s MSIS mission management system. It offers real time intelligence and threat assessment for the vessels within a customer’s area of interest, acting as a Tier 1 Level of prevention against illegal activities such as oil theft and smuggling. It can also be used to provide EEZ monitoring.

As an autonomous system, the OSCAR system makes use of machine-learning algorithms alongside real time data sources such as satellite and terrestrial AIS, satellite SAR/EO/IR, coastal radars and tactical sensors to detect, analyse and prioritise suspicious vessels.

Once potential threats have been detected, the OSCAR system plans out a flight plan for an ASIO special mission aircraft loaded into the MSIS mission management system to carry out a surveillance mission. During this mission, the OSCAR system receives the sensor data of the aircraft to continue analysing and detecting possible additional threats.

‘Fully autonomous and personally customised for the needs of each customer, Bird's OSCAR solution drives operational costs down and detection probabilities up, and I am confident that it will be a real game-changer in the field of maritime surveillance and patrol,’ said Ronen Factor, Co-CEO and founder at Bird Aerosystems.'

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