Ladar Ltd seeks €3.5m in funding for situational awareness sensor system

UK-based sensor technology firm Ladar Ltd reports that it is seeking €3.5 million in private funding to complete the development of security capabilities for its Ladar Sensor Suite platform, as its EU-funded development project draws to a close.

Ladar’s portable hybrid detection unit features a combination of digital cameras, thermal cameras, and light detection and ranging (LiDAR) laser diodes whose sensor data is fused to generate an image of a vessel or floating infrastructure’s surroundings for situational awareness.

The fusion sensor technology system was first conceived in an earlier research project for on-the-surface detection and has evolved into the latest prototypes developed in-house as part of the EU-funded MARINA project.

AI and machine learning algorithms use combined sensor data to find, classify, and track targets on and above the surface up to a depth of six metres. Data is displayed on a graphical interface onboard and can be transmitted to control centres onshore if required.

The platform offers ‘near proximity’ situational awareness alerting with visual and audible warnings for collision avoidance to support navigators on the bridge, utilising a compact unit about 50cm in size that can be mounted on the vessel.

The MARINA project will be completed at the end of November 2023. The last three years have been spent focusing on the prototype for collision avoidance and detection on the surface, which is now being tested in the Mediterranean.

“Our Ladar technology is protected with patents in several countries and continents. Given the strong market demand we are looking for a private partner or partners to invest in developing the security and defence features and to take our technology to the next level, to play in a different league in the security domain,” said Ladar Ltd CEO Captain Jorgen Grindevoll.

“When the security and surveillance features are fully developed and commercialised, the system is an effective, autonomous and cost-effective way to lower the need for manned guard vessels around port and energy infrastructure.”

“This is an exciting opportunity for an investment with a direct and well-documented need. I invite interested parties, whether energy, sensor tech, or defence-related, to reach out to me so we can discuss our objectives in further detail.”

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