SRI International, an independent nonprofit R&D organization, has been awarded a five-year, $36.5 million contract to develop a maritime domain awareness system to demonstrate advanced sensing and situation awareness technologies for improved port security in the US.
The contract was awarded to SRI by the US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR). In the first year of the project technologies such as the mobile inspection package underwater sensor will be deployed in a demonstration system. The integrated system will serve as a testbed and will augment existing maritime security systems around Tampa Bay, providing awareness of the air, land, sea and undersea domains. It will produce warnings of anomalous events and generate actionable information in a way that is readily usable by analysts, decision makers and emergency responders.
John Prausa, vice president and director of SRI’s engineering & systems division, said: The development and deployment of a maritime domain awareness system in Tampa Bay is an important step forward in creating integrated, technology-based approaches to securing our nation’s ports. SRI International is very proud to lead this new initiative, which extends our ongoing efforts in homeland security to a marine environment.