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Startup taps radio frequency data, AWS tools to search the seas for pirates

April 20, 2021

Via: ZDnet

On the open ocean, identifying vessels can be challenging. Governments and maritime insurers use the Automatic Identification System (AIS) to identify ships, but bad actors can easily “go dark.” If a ship has deactivated its AIS beacons, there’s a chance it could be involved in smuggling, piracy, illegal fishing or human trafficking.

Hawkeye 360 is a data analytics company that aims to address this challenge using space-based radio frequency (RF) mapping. The six year-old company, headquartered in Herndon, Virginia, operates a constellation of commercial satellites to detect, characterize and geolocate a broad range of RF signals. It uses RF signals from sea to identify the characteristics and behavior of vessels. For instance, it evaluates vessels’ historical data and known interactions.

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