The Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen (IPSC) of the Joint Research Centre (JRC) does policy-support R&D on security matters. Its Maritime Affairs (G03) unit works on maritime security and surveillance. One of the tools for the work in the Maritime Affairs unit is the Blue Hub, which is a platform for R&D, pilots and demos for maritime data fusion and maritime awareness for decision support. The Blue Hub is a platform for R&D and technical pilots/demos, not for operational use; and its external users are never more than a handful. In the Blue Hub, many streams of ship reporting data are ingested, from which maritime situational pictures are created that show the ship traffic. This comprises data from nautical, hydrographic, oceanographic and similar nature: base maps, coastline maps, wind fields, wave fields, etc. Some of these data are vector, others are raster. Some data are public / open source, others are commercially obtained. The purpose of the research is to find new ways of combining all these data for better decision support to policy makers and operational authorities.
The purpose of this procurement is the purchase of a set of commercial digital nautical data, that is not available by public access and that is relevant for the analysis and interpretation of ship traffic data. This data set will be used for R&D and pilot purposes in the Blue Hub.
Last Update: 24-09-2015