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Sonardyne’s Intruder Detection System deployed at offshore oil field in the Middle East

Published on 19 December, 2013
Sentinel’s autonomous monitoring capabilities, provide a rapidly deployable, 360° underwater security solution for any application

The system detects and tracks divers and small underwater vehicles and alerts security personnel to the potential threat

Maritime security company, Sonardyne International Ltd. has successfully completed the installation of a Sentinel Intruder Detection System (IDS) onboard a drilling rig operating in an undisclosed offshore oil field in the Middle East. The system has been deployed to protect the platform against the threat of attack from underwater intruders.

Sentinel is the world’s most widely deployed intruder detection sonar, developed to meet the underwater security requirements of private, commercial, government and naval end users. The system reliably detects, tracks and classifies divers and small underwater vehicles approaching a protected asset from any direction and alerts security personnel to the potential threat. Whether it is protecting a critical infrastructure facility, offshore platform, sea port or superyacht at anchor, Sentinel’s autonomous monitoring capabilities, long range detection and proven low false alarm rates provide a rapidly deployable, 360° underwater security solution for any application.

“Attacks on offshore oil and gas installations are becoming a significant threat and we’re seeing an increasing requirement for our diver detection technology to be deployed to protect these vulnerable facilities. Each one faces different security threats depending on the region in which they are operating, and we work closely with customers and users to ensure the systems we deliver fulfil their requirements for underwater surveillance,” said Nick Swift, Sonardyne’s Business Manager for Maritime Security. “Our customer has been very impressed with the system and is expected to place further orders for additional systems for vessel operations in the same vicinity. These latest installations not only increase our presence in this significant market but also help maintain our position as the leading supplier of diver detection systems.”

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