Ocean Power Technologies (OPT) has launched its PowerBuoy surface surveillance solution for security monitoring of offshore areas.

According to OPT, a single surveillance system can monitor over 1,600 square miles of ocean surface on a permanent or a temporary basis.

The system can seamlessly link multiple surveillance assets together, giving customers visibility into potentially damaging environmental or any other illegal activities.

OPT noted that customised solutions are also available. These solutions include the addition of subsea sensors for the monitoring of acoustic signatures, tsunami activity, as well as water quality.

OPT president and CEO George H Kirby said: “Our team is redefining real-time ocean surveillance with a solution that agencies and companies can utilize to better coordinate security efforts at sea by integrating state-of-the-art security sensors and software with our autonomous PowerBuoys.

“We believe we are introducing a transformative solution that is scalable from a single unit for protecting and monitoring isolated marine assets, to multiple integrated units for governments seeking to secure extensive territorial waters.”

The payload of OPT’s surface surveillance solution comprises a high definition radar, gyro-stabilised high definition optical and thermal imaging cameras.

It is also equipped with features such as integrated command and control software, vessel automatic identification system (AIS) detection, and coupled with OPT’s autonomous PB3 PowerBuoy wave energy converter as a platform for power and communications.

According to the company, the payload system capabilities include 24/7 vessel tracking, automatic radar plotting as well as vessel warnings, and high definition (HD) optical and thermal video surveillance.

Data from the surveillance solution transmits to shore-based command stations through Wi-Fi, cellular, and/or satellite systems, based on the location.