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Asset protection for wind farms

Proactive protection of your wind farms – and timely responses to potential threats.

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Designed for proactive protection

Asset Protection for wind farms is an automated surveillance and safety solution which minimizes the risk of ship collision and collateral damage on offshore wind turbines, transformer stations, and export cables. Compared to the conventional safety measures currently applied at wind farms, the solution is designed for proactive protection; for timely and precise responses to potential threats.

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The solution for your challenges

Alerts, notifications

Proactive and cost-effective security

Timely communication and warnings are effective preventive measures to protect costly assets from collateral damage, ensure uninterrupted operations, avoid environmental disasters and, ultimately, the loss of human lives.

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Reduced operational costs

24/7 automated surveillance reduces the requirements for inspections. Operators’ time is freed for other tasks, thereby reducing or optimizing operational costs. Efficient surveillance can also reduce unplanned downtime to a minimum.

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Identify and document perpetrators

All activity in the defined surveillance zones is logged which provides the best possible evidence for correlating the occurrence of damages with a perpetrator. In case of an incident, the perpetrating vessel can easily be identified and documented for compensational purposes.

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Continuous improvements

Advanced statistical analyses and reports of traffic patterns in and around the wind farm enables continuous risk assessment and a still better marking of the wind farm and its assets.

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Global offshore wind energy

The offshore-wind-farm production has doubled in recent years. In only a handful of decades, offshore wind has become one of the core power-generation technologies of Europe, according to McKinsey & Company. As the development paves the way for global adoption of offshore wind energy, it emphasizes the growing need for intelligent surveillance of offshore assets as a part of critical infrastructure.

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GateHouse Maritime to monitor Gas Pipeline in the Baltic Sea

As part of the increasing demand for offshore surveillance, GateHouse Maritime, has won a contract issued by gas transmission system operator, GAZ-SYSTEM. With the 5-year contract, GateHouse Maritime will provide data analytics to automate monitoring of a new gas pipeline in the Baltic Sea which will deliver Norwegian gas to Danish and Polish households.

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We can now identify and document perpetrators which is undeniable proof in insurance lawsuits. This has already resulted in compensations for millions.

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Shared operational picture

The system provides operators with a high performance display system for a common operational picture of all activities in and around the wind farm. Display of warnings and alarms, a powerful data repository for statistical analysis, replay and documentation. Effective automatic tagging, coloring, and removal of targets can be applied to minimize information overload and direct attention can be turned to unknown intruders. The system integrates, coordinates and combine information from main sources of maritime data.

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Ship information

When the user clicks on a target (e.g. an AIS-equipped ship, base station, virtual area, etc.) on the map, information about the target is displayed in the information window. All ship information can be displayed as labels on the map, attached to each ship. Historical tracks and projected heading can also be displayed for selected ships.

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Online or Replay mode

Switch between Online mode and Replay mode. Replay mode allows the user to display old AIS data stored in the database. Online mode shows data as they are received from the ships.

Zones and event triggers (WatchDogs)

Any number of zones around the wind farm can be defined along with event triggers which are activated when entering the zone or if zone regulations are violated, e.g. speed limits or anchoring restrictions.

All activities are logged, and depending on the type of event, operators as well as vessels can be notified by message on display, SMS, light and/or sound. All alerts are fully configurable. Zones can be defined down to circular zones around the individual turbines enabling the most accurate “near-miss” or collision registration. Examples of event triggers, also called ‘WatchDogs’, are:

  • The Region WatchDog will monitor vessel traffic within a specified area. The WatchDog is activated when a vessel enters the area and deactivated when it leaves the area.
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  • The Passage Line WatchDog will monitor a specified passage line for vessel crossings.
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  • CPA WatchDog: The Closest Point of Approach/Time to Closest Point of Approach WatchDog can be set up to trigger alarms if a ship gets too close to a fixed structure.
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  • WatchDog event notification: WatchDogs can be set up to detect important events (such as near-miss, collision course or if vessel enter/exit an area) and to notify users via e-mail or SMS.
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Filtering options

Adaptable filters enable minimizing false alarms, i.e. alarms caused by vessels with legitimate presence in the wind farm’s surveillance zones. In general, filtering can effectively be applied on all information and combinations of information from AIS and radar intelligence.

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Statistics and reports

Based on logged tracks and events, the system can automatically and on schedule, e.g. on a weekly or a monthly basis, generate advanced statistical reports. Changes in traffic patterns, traffic density plots and reports of “near miss” situations are examples of valuable intelligence. Various visualization and export options are supported.

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Surveillance of export cables

Cable zones can be defined covering export cables from the wind farm to shore. Exact mode of operation can be aligned with local/international rules and regulations for protection of export cables e.g. non-anchoring zones. Warnings will be given if…

  • a vessel crosses into the zone
  • a vessel stays within the zone for longer than anticipated with the given course/speed
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Technical description

The asset protection solution for offshore wind farms is based on our widely used and field-proven AIS software – implemented by coast guards and maritime administrations worldwide.

SaaS or DaaS solution

The solution can be provided as both SaaS (Software as a Service) or DaaS (Data as a Service). Our DaaS solution is perfect if your organization already has a solution in place but need to add more capabilities. Our SaaS solution includes a web-based display for operators and an event notification server hosted by GateHouse Maritime.

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