Published December 23, 2022 | Version v1
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Maritime information sharing environment deployment using the advanced multilayered Data Lake capabilities: EFFECTOR project case study

  • 1. Administration for Maritime Safety and Port Management of Montenegro
  • 2. Engineering I.I., S.p.A., ENG
  • 3. Institute of Communication and Computer Systems (ICCS)
  • 4. Collecte Localisation Satellites (CLS)
  • 5. SATWAYS Ltd.
  • 6. Center of Security Studies (KEMEA)


Establishing an efficient information-sharing network among national agencies in the maritime domain is of essential importance in enhancing operational performance, increasing situational awareness, and enabling interoperability among all involved maritime surveillance assets. Based on various data-driven technologies and sources, the EU initiative of Common Information Sharing Environment (CISE), enables the networked participants to timely exchange information concerning vessel traffic, joint SAR & operational missions, emergency situations, and other events at sea. In order to host and process vast amounts of vessels and related maritime data consumed from heterogeneous sources (e.g. SAT-AIS, UAV, radar, METOC), the deployment of big data repositories in the form of Data Lakes is of great added value. The different layers in the Data Lakes with capabilities for aggregating, fusing, routing, and harmonizing data are assisted by decision support tools with combined reasoning modules with semantics aiming at providing a more accurate Common Operational Picture (COP) among maritime agencies. Based on these technologies, the aim of this paper is to present an end-to-end interoperability framework for maritime situational awareness in strategic and tactical operations at sea, developed in EFFECTOR EU-funded project, focusing on the multilayered Data Lake capabilities. Specifically, a case study presents the important sources and processing blocks, such as the SAT-AIS, CMEMS, and UAV components, enabling maritime information exchange in CISE format and communication patterns. Finally, the technical solution is validated in the project’s recently implemented maritime operational trials and the respective results are documented.


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EFFECTOR – An End to end Interoperability Framework For MaritimE Situational Awareness at StrategiC and TacTical OpeRations 883374
European Commission