Maritime and Situational Awareness



Ultra’s advanced coastal surveillance system and ports and harbours protection system capabilities deliver enhanced maritime domain situational awareness that allows for the detection, identification and monitoring of potential threats, delivering the information required to protect coastal areas, assets, and port and harbour facilities. This advanced capability supports a range of operations including smuggling and illegal immigration prevention, fisheries and environmental protection, monitoring of wider EEZ regions, disaster response, and search and rescue missions.


Ultra applies its sophisticated data correlation and fusion capabilities to the integration of high performance marine sensors including radar, electro-optics, transponders, data links and sonar across UAV, ROV and patrol vessel platforms to provide operators at all levels with an accurate, real-time common operating picture of coastal and port environments. With actionable information, operators can identify threats and alleviate risk through initiating mitigating action that will prevent threats from being realised, protecting lives and assets.

Correlated and fused common operating pictures can be shared via available communications links with other onshore control centres or with mobile assets such as patrol vessels, showing targets of interest and providing intercept information as appropriate. Through the ability to easily share detailed, accurate and up-to-date situational awareness data, threats can be identified, monitored and neutralised, keeping coastal, port and harbour environments safe for all.

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Maritime Situational Awareness capabilities & products

Situational Awareness Management Systems - Maritime
Situational Awareness Management Systems - Maritime Image

The Situational Awareness Management System (SAMS) software suite provides the facilities required for the integration, management and control of all aspects of a coastal or port and harbour surveillance system. SAMS provides a scalable, modular and open, service-oriented architecture that delivers a bespoke solution tailored to the individual requirements of the customer. The system delivers a server/client based application which can accommodate as many servers and clients as required. 

SAMS applies the most appropriate sensors to meet operational requirements to gather data which is then correlated, fused, analysed, displayed and recorded by the system.  Whilst radar is generally the primary above water sensor for detecting and tracking targets, SAMS has the capability to employ Automatic Identification System (AIS), high power Electro-Optics (EO) and other sensors to further augment situational awareness, allowing operators to easily identify and investigate targets. In addition to surface data and information, SAMS can detect and monitor sub-surface targets using sonar as the primary sensor, delivering a comprehensive picture of the operating environment through a single solution to optimise safety and protect people, platforms and assets.

The concept of operations of the SAMS system is focused around an access-controlled operator Human Machine Interface (HMI), delivering an intuitive and user-friendly experience combined with powerful alarm management, threat evaluation and situational awareness functionality. The system can be managed either by a single operator or a team of operators each focussed on specific sensors or particular areas or zones of responsibility. Operators can access their designated level of information in real-time, creating an efficient and detailed monitoring capability through a structured and coordinated approach.

SAMS provides situational awareness through the integration of multiple sensors and sensor sites within a Command & Control (C2) environment to deliver actionable, real-time information to decision makers at all levels.  The main functional areas of SAMS are:

  • Sensor integration, management and control
  • Radar tracker processing
  • AIS, ADS-B and other transponder tracks
  • Integration and control of electro-optic systems
  • Blue force tracking
  • Sensor track data correlation and fusion
  • Threat evaluation (video analytics, track analytics, pattern of life)
  • Data recording and replay
  • Data partitioning and user access rights
  • Data presentation
  • System configuration
  • System health monitoring