Detecting illegal fishing with Capgemini & Luciad

Capgemini developed a solution to discover illegal fishing with Luciad. The tool uses AIS data to follow the ship tracks and an algorithm allows for the identification of abnormal behavior and the transfer of loads between ships in the middle of the ocean.

Understanding the evolution of huge amount of data in space and time, through geospatial solutions, adresses the challenges of critical missions. In a context of globalisation and diminishing resources, commercial fishing is particularly vulnerable to fraud aimed at circumventing regulations based on quota policies. In order to counter transhipment practices, Automatic Identification System (AIS) can be used to manage data to help authorities understand suspicious behaviours of ships, and therefore define appropriate control and repression policies, both at sea and maritime ports.

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Discover suspicious behaviour at sea

Luciad analysis parses millions of position and points out where two ships have been close to one another (less than "x" km) for an extended period of time (more than "y" minutes).

Capgemini has partnered with Luciad to offer a solution based on a robust, powerful and elegant interface, which can navigate through complex data sets, moving back and forth in space and in time. Algorithms are then applied to this baseware. They take account of parameters such as distance between ships, and operation time intervals. It can be enriched with contextual data for more specific purposes, speed and wind direction, height and waves direction, etc. Additional layers of data can then be used to filter and refine the analysis of suspicious behaviours, such as: vessel traffic navigation rules, national and international fisheries policy zones, etc. Imaging technology can then enable users to identify such behaviours on screen, thereby gaining a better understanding of how the situation at sea is translated on-screen with a direct access to satellite images. In the case at hand, understanding the suspicious behaviours of ships will enable experts to optimise and redefine control and inspection activities. As vessels exchanging in the middle of the ocean is rarely for legal matters, the solution can also detect counter-smuggling or counter-terrorism.

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