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BAE SYSTEMS Receives U.S. Coast Guard Contract For Port Security Demonstration System

02 May 2005

BURLINGTON, Mass. -- BAE Systems has received a contract from the U.S. Coast Guards Research and Development Center to build the SeeCoast Port and Coastal Scene Awareness Prototype and Demonstration System. The program, valued at $3.3 million including options, is part of the Department of Homeland Securitys (DHS) Advanced Research Projects Agency (HSARPA) Automated Scene Understanding program.

The SeeCoast system will integrate radar track data, video image streams, positioning information from an Automatic Identification System (AIS), and other data inputs, to provide machine understanding of the coastal and port security scene and enhance vessel detection, evaluation, and tracking in support of tactical analysis and intercept decisions. SeeCoast will leverage existing BAE Systems capabilities in video processing, track correlation and fusion, rule-based alerting, and visualization. It will use advanced learning methods based on human cognitive processing models to enable continuous, on-the-fly learning of anomalous activities.

SeeCoast will provide a critical capability for helping to secure our ports and harbors, said Dr. Nils R. Sandell, Jr., BAE Systems vice president and general manager for Advanced Information Technologies in Burlington, Mass. The system will build upon capabilities developed across the company under a number of Department of Defense research projects. We appreciate HSARPA and the Coast Guards confidence in the BAE Systems team and are looking forward to working with them to prototype and demonstrate this important capability.

SeeCoast will be installed in the DHS Hawkeye test bed at the Portsmouth, Va., and Miami Coast Guard Sector Command Centers during the first 12 months of the contract.


BAE Systems is an international company engaged in the development, delivery and support of advanced defence and aerospace systems in the air, on land, at sea and in space. The company designs, manufactures and supports military aircraft, surface ships, submarines, fighting vehicles, radar, avionics, communications, electronics and guided weapon systems. It is a pioneer in technology with a heritage stretching back hundreds of years. It is at the forefront of innovation, working to develop the next generation of intelligent defence systems.

BAE Systems has major operations across five continents and customers in some 130 countries. The company has more than 90,000 people and generates annual sales of over 13 billion through its wholly-owned and joint venture operations.

For further information, please contact:

Ed Langmaid, BAE Systems
Tel: +1 858 675 5995 Cell: +1 858 449 5520

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