Crow's Nest™

Vessel detection and critical insight for maritime security agencies

Detect and verify vessel activity

Maxar Intelligence’s Crow’s Nest Maritime Monitoring and Security capabilities leverage space-based optical and synthetic aperture radar (SAR) imagery and advanced machine learning to deliver critical information quickly—these actionable details save time, money and lives.

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Broad area coverage

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Near real-time delivery

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Detailed, reliable information

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Multisensor inputs

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Automated processes

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Dynamic collection planning

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Real-World Applications

Near real-time monitoring solutions for complex problems on the high seas

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Protecting Legal Fishing Operations

The world’s oceans are overfished at an alarming rate, threatening food security and long-term economic prosperity for many nations. Crow’s Nest uses SAR and optical satellite imagery, automation and customer input to allow maritime enforcement agencies to more effectively intervene and manage vulnerable fish populations.

Graphic of a Crow’s Nest analysis: The value of Maxar imagery in maritime monitoring and security. Two images with similar shape, draft and lifeboat arrangement.; but dissimilar deck structures. Conclusions: Same vessel class but different individual vessel.

Countering Illicit Trafficking

Because they are largely unmonitored, the world’s oceans are notorious for drug- and human-trafficking routes. Crow’s Nest detects ships of interest and then quickly tasks its constellation to collect the freshest high-resolution optical imagery, enabling agencies to identify vessels with confidence and provide evidence of activity. 

WorldView-3, Yulin Naval Base, China, December 7, 2019
RADARSAT-2, Yulin Naval Base, China, December 7, 2019

Monitoring Ports Remotely

Monitoring foreign naval installations and other points of interest is a high-stakes operation for many nations. Crow’s Nest simplifies remote monitoring with on-demand access to Maxar Intelligence’s 25-year image archive and built-in analysis tools, available via SecureWatch® online and offline, from anywhere in the world.

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