Field experiments in a Dutch harbor test acoustic maritime security methods.

Stevens Institute of Technology and the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) have recently conducted joint experiments in the Dutch Navy Harbor of Den Helder, where passive acoustic systems from both parties were combined. Initial experimental results are presented at the Waterside Security (WSS) 2010 conference. This important experimental campaign was financed by the Netherlands Ministry of Defence.

Dutch Harbor Research ImageThe collaboration between Stevens and TNO was initiated in early 2010 after recognizing a strategic opportunity to form a long-term research relationship and become recognized research leaders in the underwater sciences and engineering and port and maritime security. Among other goals, Stevens and TNO hope to increase the level of readiness against underwater threats in harbors by developing an integrated system that can be used to protect harbors from both surface and underwater intruders.

Michael Bruno, Dean of the Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering and Science at Stevens said of the partnership: "Stevens Institute of Technology and TNO each have extraordinary technical expertise and experience in dealing with the numerous challenges facing our maritime community. The partnership also brings together organizations that work closely with two of the most important ports in the world - Stevens with the Port of New York and New Jersey, and TNO with the Port of Rotterdam. My colleagues and I look forward to the challenging work that lies ahead."

Dutch Harbor Research ImageKoos Verolme, manager of the Sonar Department at TNO said "We are excited about the unique collaboration between a US and Dutch institute. With these experiments the potential of passive acoustic detection of underwater intruders has been established. The next step will be testing of the technology in the Rotterdam Harbor".

The WSS 2010 conference brought together professionals from a variety of disciplines all with a common interest in waterside security. Protecting ports, harbors, coastal waters, and inland waters from the threats of terrorism and criminal activity requires innovative thinking in areas as diverse as technology, operations, policy, human factors, risk analysis, international law, and economics.

The paper detailing the initial experimental results was authored by both Stevens and TNO. From Stevens the contributors were Alexander Sutin, Hady Salloum, Nikolay Sedunov and Alexander Sedunov. Laurent Fillinger, Pascal de Theije and Mario Zampolli contributed from TNO.

TNO Defence, Security and Safety

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We focus on Defence in the broadest sense of the word and our involvement covers a range of activities: military operations, military equipment, command & control and operational decision making, threat and protection, instruction and training. In the area of Security and Safety, the emphasis lies on combating crime, calamity and terrorism. TNO also works for the aviation and maritime sectors, markets in which our knowledge can be of good use. In terms of aviation, we concentrate largely on improving safety while for the maritime sector we focus on naval architecture. We collaborate with the defence industry and with small and medium-sized enterprises to develop innovative solutions.

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