Answer given by Mr Avramopoulos on behalf of the Commission
The Maritime Risk and System Safety (MARISA) research project has the overarching objective to enhance security and safety at sea by providing a data fusion toolkit facilitating data sharing at international level.
Automated analysis is the basis of data fusion services supporting authorities to detect vessel suspicious behaviour and abnormal activities, by processing streams of data from multiple sensors and sources. Some examples are:
- 1.Abnormal changes of speed, direction, rate of turn
- 2.Distance/Speed relation with critical areas
- 3.Enter/Exit of critical areas, etc.
There is a core service regarding vessel automated behaviour monitoring (ABM) within the current maritime surveillance systems provided by EMSA, the European Maritime Safety Agency in the context of Coast Guard Functions support work involving EMSA, EFCA (the European Fisheries Control Agency and Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency.
MARISA aims to complement with additional data mainly fed by:
- —Radar Tracks
- —Camera (video data)
- —Satellite data
- —Open Source Intelligence and Social Media
In particular, data like those from social networking services can provide real-time information for early warning and preparedness in crises thanks to continuously-updated content.
All data processing relates to vessels. The MARISA prototype will assess information identified as appropriate to assist decision-makers in the maritime environment. It will not collect personal data on individuals sharing information on social networking services. Personal data will be deleted prior to further dissemination of any collected information.
MARISA is a project not related to the ‘Mediterranean Border Cooperation Centre’ (MEBOCC).