BrainCreators’ SEAGULL harbor surveillance combines vision with cleverness

BrainCreators launched SEAGULL, a digital inspector that tracks all incoming and outgoing harbor traffic 24/7, delivering analytics and actionable alerts. Seagull is accessible Software as a Service that uses existing camera infrastructure.

According to research by Ainsworth, security officers miss 95% of all visible activity after watching monitor screens for 20 minutes. Unfortunately, this allows undesirable activities to occur in international ports of all sizes.

Seagulls have excellent vision and are incredibly clever. Our digital Seagull recognizes many different vessel types, measures the speed of passing vessels, and records entry and exit times. Thanks to its clear dashboard, operators get a total overview of activities with detailed views of vessel types, dates, times, directions, and speeds. In case of violations, SEAGULL alerts operators to allow for immediate action, triggering early intervention and ensuring maritime safety. In addition, SEAGULL enables users to easily observe and analyze trends, allowing them to take preventative measures. Finally, SEAGULL automatically keeps a logbook for future evaluation.

SEAGULL is made with domain experts
The Netherlands is a European country with a long coastline. To enhance safety in the port of Scheveningen (part of The Hague municipality), the municipality will use an innovative registration system from January 2023. This new system will automatically recognise and register boating traffic entering and leaving the port.

The municipality of The Hague considers it important to gain more insight into the shipping traffic in the port of Scheveningen. Until now, only commercial shipping has been registered. As there is no standard system for this like there is for car license plate registration, this year the municipality developed a new innovative system together with external parties. It should strengthen port management and help the municipality in its information position. This registration system has been extensively tested by Port Authority employees.

The registration system deployed by Scheveningen Port automatically recognises and records shipping traffic in the port. This is done by an intelligent video system that works with artificial intelligence. The artificial intelligence recognises the vessel type and the system also records the date/time and sailing direction at the same time. The Port Authority staff keep a total record of activities in the port in a dashboard. The registration system safeguards the privacy of port visitors. The system does not record any personal data and sailors are not visibly displayed.

SEAGULL was built by merging Scheveningen Port’s domain knowledge and data with BrainCreators’ technology. This created a scalable digital port inspector that meets the requirements of any modern port. Bosch Energy & Building Solutions acted as the system integrator, developing a complete solution suitable for any port and video management system. The Scheveningen Port is, therefore, the first to use SEAGULL.

“The port of Scheveningen is located directly on the North Sea and centrally on the Dutch coast, allowing for quick entry and exit. In less than an hour, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht, and the ports of Hoek van Holland and IJmuiden can be reached by cargo ships. As a result, there is always movement in the port and a constant flow of incoming and outgoing ships,” said Cees Duvekot, Port Authority and head of Traffic, (State) Harbourmaster of The Hague. “Previously, our operators had to register  all ships manually. We, therefore, needed a robust system to monitor our port, and with SEAGULL, we have achieved this. Thanks to SEAGULL, we are taking a future-proof and innovative step, allowing us to observe and register the entry and exit of all types of vessels more efficiently, save costs, and better identify risks.”

“The Netherlands is a global forerunner in the port-maritime domain. However, to maintain this leading position in the future,  considerable acceleration is still needed in the field of digitalization. The deployment of Artificial Intelligence (AI) plays a very important role in this,” said Roos Janssen, Product Manager at BrainCreators. “We are therefore proud that together with Scheveningen Port and Bosch Energy & Building Solutions we have been able to realize a solution that takes us a step forward to better monitor maritime areas.”

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