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India gets coastal security, safety system

Aug. 6, 2012 at 3:03 PM
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LINKOPING, Sweden, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- A national coastline security and safety system has been implemented for India by Saab of Sweden.

The National Automatic Identification System, a project undertaken with India's Elcome Marine Services, is using 74 lighthouses fitted with Saab's Automatic Identification System for real-time merchant traffic information and the Web server that gives access to data over the Internet.

The contract for the sensors and equipment was signed in 2010 and Saab said the work was completed ahead of schedule.

"We have been using the system as part of acceptance trials for the past six months and are very pleased with the performance, said P.P. Sinha, deputy director general and nodal officer at India's Directorate General of Lighthouses and Lightships.

"The team of Saab and Elcome have worked hard to complete the project well within time period, which is an achievement by itself considering the large scale geographical and technical complexities.

"The NAIS network has suitable interfaces which have already been incorporated for adding radar, cameras and other sensors. The system has already been integrated with existing radar and AIS in the country to provide a holistic overview of the coastal maritime domain."

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