Artificial intelligence to improve Caribbean maritime security

The Caribbean Community Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (CARICOM IMPACS) has agreed a deal to implement artificial intelligence analytics from Windward to improve maritime security in the Caribbean, providing real-time risk assessment of vessels, companies, shipowners, and other stakeholders.

CARICOM IMPACS is made up of fifteen Member States and five Associate Members in the Caribbean as well as CARICOM’s Regional Security System (RSS), a treaty organisation comprising of Barbados and other countries in the Eastern Caribbean.

Windward’s AI-powered maritime intelligence platform will be used to support the group in their fight against drug trafficking and other illegal activities in the Caribbean’s exclusive economic zones.

“Windward’s solution is key in our fight against illegal activities,” said Lieutenant Colonel Michael Jones, Executive Director (Ag) of CARICOM.

“As illegal shipping methods are becoming more advanced, we turned to Windward’s industry-leading maritime AI solution to assist in detecting these activities and flagging vessels that are suspicious, enabling us to assist CARICOM Member States to crack down on illicit trade, minimise and/or prevent illegal fishing, and surveil the maritime domain, beyond AIS monitoring.”

Windward’s Maritime AI is powered by hundreds of behavioural analytics models and over 10 billion data points, analysing existing behaviours to predict in real-time which entities are likely to be involved in illicit activities.

“We are thrilled that CARICOM has chosen Windward to help protect its territorial waters throughout the Caribbean,” said Ami Daniel, CEO and Co-Founder of Windward.

“The Caribbean Sea is a major point in the trade route of illegal substances leaving South America and of sanctioned oil leaving Venezuela. Using Windward’s Maritime AI technology and real-time insights, CARICOM is strengthening its defences against these activities and enhancing the transparency needed into the global maritime domain to protect its borders.”

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