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Securing the main maritime routes, the rise of war fleets, unprecedented competition for the control and delimitation of maritime areas, strong migratory pressure, environmental threats… Countries with a maritime domain are faced with multiple challenges to protect their domain, borders, naval bases, offshore infrastructure, coasts and more.

The issues related to maritime areas are very numerous and it is certain that they will take on a very singular importance in the years to come. Under the effect of globalization, maritime flows have quadrupled over the past forty years. Globalization has thus led to a strong dependence on securing the main global maritime routes. Nations must therefore fight firmly against direct threats, such as piracy and terrorism, take measure to protect migrants at sea, preserve the environment but also enforce sovereignty through maritime and EEZ-security.

Maritime domain awareness is hence vital. The effectiveness of maritime surveillance is dependent on two critical capabilities—detection and identification.

SPYNEL Wide area surveillance solution help governments, border and coast guard agencies to enhance global security of the maritime domain. Thanks to its advanced panoramic thermal imaging technology, SPYNEL provides unparalleled real-time situational awareness under 360° by detecting, tracking and classifying automatically any objects or threats coming from the surface, the sea or the air.

24/7 Surveillance of the Maritime Domain & Coastlines

Deployed on land or at sea, SPYNEL IR cameras provide a 360° visual coverage of up to 500 km2 surveillance, night and day, in all weather conditions. Integrating the latest AI algorithms, the SPYNEL cameras detect, track and classify in real-time multiple threats targets which can be directly visualised within the panorama. Threats can be any kind of ships, vessels, small boats, jet skis, swimmers and even swarm drones approaching the coasts. SPYNEL sensors are designed to provide reliable detection and tracking of small and fast-moving objects as well as low altitude aircrafts, which are typical limitations of radar.

This real-time picture of the maritime domain combined with the ability to analyse events in a dense maritime traffic allow the coastal authorities to early assess the potential risk and quickly take decision.

Gyrostabilized Spynel-X installed on board of a frigate (Photo: HGH Infrared)

Advanced video analytics simplify the day-to-day work of the operator with automatic alerts and a low false alarm rate. Cyclope software platform includes unique Artificial Intelligence algorithms for long-range threat classification, smart image processing dedicated to rough sea and solar reflection, as well as an AIS plug-in for automatic ship identification. Advanced features such as virtual lines allow the user to map several multiple detection areas to be alerted upstream if a potential threat is approaching.

Finally, the passive thermal technology is especially useful for strategic areas suffering from geopolitical tensions or critical military assets requiring a surveillance solution insensitive to jamming.

High Integration Capabilities with CMS and Sensors

As a scalable solution, SPYNEL provides effective communication with external sensors and security systems. HGH has developed a powerful partner ecosystem including major players in security software and technologies. Aymeric De Cagny, Naval Business Developer at HGH said “This allows us to guarantee solutions that are compatible with major markets’ standards and capable of dealing with the most recent technological evolutions.”

Full integration & automatic data fusion with CMS and sensors (Photo: HGH Infrared)

When a threat is detected, videos and tracking information can be automatically shared to external systems. ONVIF compliant, Cyclope software is easily interfaced with third-party VMS, for a single monitoring and control environment, allowing operators to take rapid actions.

Featuring advanced integration capabilities, SPYNEL can control external systems, including search lights, LRAD and EO/IR PTZ camera to focus on detected tracks. These ones can be shared as well to a centralised control room.

Cyclope can also merge AIS data and ARPA Radar tracks with the thermal tracks in order to provide centralised and user-friendly situation awareness to the operators. The tracks of all objects detected by Spynel can also be shared with a Vessel Traffic System or a standard ECDIS.

Used as a standalone solution or taking part of a multilayer security system, SPYNEL wide area surveillance solution is a value-added global layers with innovative video analytics that help secure maritime domain, borders and critical assets.


For sensitive coastal areas, island countries, naval bases and harbours, SPYNEL provides unprecedented detection capabilities over 360° in terms of multiple tracking, small object detection and long-range threat classification by Artificial Intelligence. Its high integration capabilities make it easy to communicate with external sensors and security systems. With its 360° continuous spinning and live video stream, SPYNEL demonstrates unique situational awareness of any kind of threats coming from whatever sea, land or sky. Panoramic thermal imaging technology is continuously evolving to manage the newer security risks being experienced by countries globally.

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