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Coast Guard unveils Coastal Radar Network

BS Reporter  |  Chennai/ Bangalore 

The Remote Operating Station (ROS) set up as part of the Coastal Radar Network to provide security cover for the coastline was commissioned in Kochi on Saturday. The Bangalore-based defence PSU, Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) has developed the ROS for the Indian Coast Guard.

The Coastal Radar Network project aims at preventing undetected intrusion by monitoring the movement of vessels plying along the coastline. The project would also aid in enhancing the efficacy of Search and Rescue (SAR) operations coordinated by the Coast Guard. The sensor data generated by the Coastal Surveillance Network would also be shared with other maritime agencies to generate a comprehensive Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA).

BEL is setting up a chain of Remote Sensor Stations along the coastline of India as part of the coastal radar network. Static sensors such as radars, radios, electro optic sensors and meteorological sensors are installed at these remote sensor stations to monitor the coastline. Information from all these sensors and other sensors like automatic identification systems are correlated to provide a composite operating picture at operation centres.

The data generated by the Static Sensors will flow over a robust hierarchical network architecture. The network centric coastal radar network developed by BEL provides total scalable surveillance solution. The system presents the complete surveillance scenario on digital maps at the centralised Command Centre where the information is processed and archived, the BEL said in a statement.

Vice Admiral M P Muraleedharan, Director General, Coast Guard inaugurated the station in the presence of several Coast Guard officials and ministry of defence officials among others.

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First Published: Mon, September 17 2012. 00:32 IST