Coastal surveillance solutions designed with scalability on modular platforms for sophisticated applications

Elcome draws on technical expertise and engineering resources to offer future-proof coastal surveillance projects for a wide variety of applications. We provide a full range of turnkey services from initial specifications, product selection and system integration to installation and full life-cycle service, training and technical support.

Traffic applications

Elcome’s Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) solutions are designed to contribute to the safety of life at sea and navigational efficiency, protecting the marine environment, the adjacent shore area, worksites and offshore installations. Our solutions conform with applicable laws and guidelines for VTS, including Regulation 12, SOLAS Chapter V on Safety of Navigation, the framework set by The International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA), national legislative measures and Port State Control procedures.

Security applications

Vessel traffic management and information systems (VTMIS) build on the  basic VTS platform with enhanced architecture and integration of sensors and communication services for monitoring and surveillance. They enable inter-networking of multiple sites to provide a streamlined and cohesive situational view to enhance maritime domain awareness beyond territorial waters. It is also an important tool in operations for law enforcement, fishery control and monitoring, anti-piracy, environment protection, oil spill response, and search and rescue (SAR).

Coastal Surveillance Solutions

Types of surveillance solutions

Our port or harbour VTS monitors vessel traffic to ensure safety and efficiency for marine vessels. VTS in port areas may also be required to provide navigation assistance service (NAS).

Our coastal VTS assists the safe and expeditious passage of shipping through coastal waters. It may also be used in providing pilotage services. Our system also meets IALA guidelines when the VTS area covers an international strait or extends beyond territorial waters.

Our inland VTS improves the safety and efficiency of navigation, safety of life and the protection of the environment and/or the adjoining waterway banks, nearby residents and enterprises from possible adverse effects of vessel traffic.

Our offshore VTS is used for the collision avoidance as well as the protection of oil & gas platforms and other offshore assets. Target separation requirements may be relaxed for offshore VTS due to the lower traffic density.

Key functions of the fisheries vessel monitoring system (VMS) is the identification, monitoring and control of fishing vessels in the territorial waters or Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ) by the fisheries management center.

A vessel traffic management and information system (VTMIS) is an advanced scalable extension of VTS with interoperable surveillance and management information system (MIS) capabilities for defense and law enforcement agencies.

System specification and operational requirements

Design, specifications, functions, operations and upgrade of a coastal surveillance system depend on the risks associated with the waterway, improvement of safety and efficiency of navigation needed, and the protection of environment determined by the competent authority. A typical VTS or VTMIS solution includes the hardware, software and their behavior as a coherent entity, which typically comprise one or more of the following elements:

  • Radio communication
  • Sensors:
    • Radar
    • AIS
    • Environmental monitoring
    • Electro optical systems
    • Radio direction finder
    • Long range sensors
  • Database and processing
  • Human/machine interface (HMI) 
  • Decision support
  • External information exchange
ELCOME Vessel Traffic Service VTS VTMIS Control Room

Our partners

As a turnkey solutions provider, we pursue a hardware-agnostic approach for the benefits of end-users and draw on our expertise in deep integration of sensors from various OEMs making Elcome a strategic partner for various coastal surveillance projects worldwide.

Total solutions for maritime domain awareness and management

Our approach  provides multiple layers of information systems, allowing our customers to see the bigger picture required to monitor and protect assets and lives in coastal waters, in Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ) and across maritime borders. Our capability to provide seamless integration of sensors with life cycle support provides the clients with a higher operational availability with better total cost of ownership (TCO).

C2I and C4I solutions for effective operations and critical infrastructure protection

We can design, deploy and support advanced, multi-layer and integrated command, control and communication systems for the operation and protection of maritime and shore-based assets.

Scalable Command & Control systems for decision support and first responders.

Designed with interoperability to face emerging threats.

Engineered for preparedness, response and recovery.