In contemporary maritime Search and Rescue (SAR) operations, several critical challenges persist. Locating missing objects, be it vessels, individuals, or containers, requires determining their future travel paths within the vast marine environment, and variability in marine and aerial search patterns demands the use of sophisticated modeling tools for mission success.
Unpredictable weather and sea conditions further complicate target trajectory predictions, making the determination of the correct search area an intricate task. Furthermore, time is of the essence in SAR missions, often involving life-or-death situations, so accurate SAR planning hugely relies on identifying likely search areas where targets might be located.
Our innovative SAR model swiftly and effectively predicts drifting objects’ paths such as missing persons at sea, as it offers precise deterministic trajectories, reducing search areas for optimal results. Cloud-based and IAMSAR Manual compliant, it delivers containment (POC) probabilities in under five minutes to maximize any SAR mission success.
Since 2022, the CSIC-ICMAT research group and its spinoff DES have collaborated with Spanish authorities in the search of individuals of the coasts of the Canary Islands, as it is one of the deadliest migration routes from Africa with more than 23,000 arrivals in 2023.
Technical and on-site validation of the SPOT SAR modelling tool with the Romanian coast guard off the coast of Constanța in the Black Sea.