The National Automatic Identification System was inaugurated by India’s Union Minister for Shipping, Thiru G K Vasan, at a formal ceremony in Chennai. NAIS provides coverage to the entire Indian Coast, with 74 lighthouses now fitted with the Saab systems.
Automatic Identification System (AIS) signals are used to provide real time merchant traffic information, with a web server allowing access to live data over the internet.
The project comprised installation of sensors and equipment along the Indian coast for regional and national control centres, with Saab managing installation, commissioning, training and support for the project, along with its Indian partner, Elcome Marine Services.
“We have been using the system as part of acceptance trials for the past six months and are very pleased with the performance,” said says P P Sinha, deputy director general and nodal officer (NAIS) at DGLL.
“The team of SAAB and Elcome have worked hard to complete the project well within the time period, which is an achievement by itself considering the large scale geographical and technical complexities. Our comments and suggestions during the implementation phase have been well received and have been implemented as the project went along. Overall it was a nice experience to work with the team.”
“The NAIS network has suitable interfaces that have already been incorporated for adding radar, cameras and other sensors. The system has already been integrated with existing radar and AIS in the country to provide a holistic overview of the coastal maritime domain. The NAIS network would thus play a vital role in meeting the long term coastal surveillance needs of India.”