Enhanced Situational Awareness to Improve Maritime Safety in the Baltic (ESABALT)
The ESABALT project is a feasibility study of an integrated system for enhancing maritime safety, which incorporates the latest technological advances in positioning, maritime e-Navigation, Earth observation systems, and multi-channel cooperative communications. The most novel part of the ESABALT concept, however, is a focus on user-driven crowdsourcing techniques for information gathering and integration. The system will consist of a situational awareness solution for real-time maritime traffic monitoring via utilizing various positioning technologies; an observation system of the marine environment relevant to transportation and accidents including assessing the sea ice, oil spread, waves, wind etc.; and a methodology for context-aware maritime communication with cooperative, multi-channel capabilities. The project will define an intelligent, novel, user-driven solution and associated services for enhancing the maritime safety in the whole Baltic area.
ESABALT is a Flagship Project under the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. Flagship status is awarded to those projects which are expected to have significant impact through international cooperation and scientific innovation for the benefit of Baltic Sea.