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Maritime Surveillance from Space

Vake's products utilize satellite data enabling monitoring of various maritime activities.

October 3, 2023
Vake received a price for innovation of ESA in 2019.
Vake received a price for innovation of ESA in 2019.

In 2020, Vake received funding from the Norwegian Space Agency to improve their technology for use on satellites.

During 2021, Vake partnered with Barentswatch and secured support from the Norwegian Space Agency's Copernicus funds. This support was aimed at implementing Vake's technology within the Barentswatch web portal, accessible at https://www.barentswatch.no/. Vake's solution for monitoring maritime traffic will be seamlessly integrated into this online platform.

Vake's solution unveils hidden maritime traffic through the compilation and analysis of data from the Copernicus program's Sentinel-2 satellites, combined with AIS (Automatic Identification System) signals from ships captured by the Norwegian satellites AIS-1 and AIS-2.

The solution also incorporates algorithms based on machine learning. These algorithms enable the tracking of activities of specific ships that have known tracking gaps, anomalies, or uncertainties. Additionally, this information can enhance the understanding of future behavior.

This solution reveals various aspects, including illegal fishing, and has the potential to be applied in other areas to uncover human trafficking, smuggling, and emissions. Vake has been honored with numerous innovation awards, both within Norway and on the global stage.