Saab Technologies has developed an integrated command-and-control (C2) system that leverages Netherlands Coast Guard (Nederlandse Kustwacht: NCG) concept of operations, and showcased it at the 2017 International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) in Abu Dhabi.
The Saab CoastControl coastguard C2 system displayed at IDEX 2017, showing the common operational picture (right) and the incident control screen (left). In the left foreground is the communications control screen.
CoastControl was developed and as a Saab private venture in order to provide a proof of concept for a common operational picture (COP) of coastal maritime activity in the NCG area of responsibility, and to provide a decision support and crisis management tool. A number of different Saab software entities have been integrated into CoastControl, which has an open architecture.
The system combines data from the Vessel Tracking Services (VTS) of the major Dutch ports, the maritime Automatic Identification System (AIS), and the NCG's own sensors, including radar to provide the COP, which is displayed on an electronic chart. This dynamic data is integrated with information in the database that enables the operator to select a track and display additional vessel information from, for example, Lloyd's, as well as imagery.
When necessary the system can also exchange data with the command systems of the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) and Air Force, both of which could provide assets to assist in a maritime incident. Aircraft tracks can be displayed.
The situational awareness display also supports incident management, enabling the command centre to monitor reported incidents, track the NCG and other assets, and control and direct the response. The system includes integrated VHF and UHF communications, which can be secure if necessary. All actions and communications are recorded for legal purposes.
The system's design draws on that of the Coastguard Centre in the RNLN base at Den Helder, which is designated as the Dutch Maritime and Aeronautical Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre (JRCC).
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