April 21, 2014 zoom Liquid Robotics and Ultra Electronics USSI have announced the joint development of a revolutionary and cost effective surveillance system for the global maritime security market.This new product leverages the Liquid Robotics Wave Glider, the world’s first wave powered ocean robot, with Ultra Electronics USSI’s state of the art acoustic sensing and signal processing to provide a persistent, best-of-breed, surveillance capability. This solution helps address the critical need for affordable, long duration, maritime surveillance of the world’s Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), Exclusion Economic Zones (EEZs), ports and coastlines.“Countries around the globe are losing valuable natural resources and economic opportunity without the ability to persistently patrol their coastlines, MPAs and EEZs,” said Bill Vass, CEO of Liquid Robotics. “This strategic partnership will bring to market a powerful solution with the ability to help close this gap globally.”The Sentinel Passive Acoustic Sensor, designed and manufactured by Ultra Electronics USSI, will be scalable and configurable to meet the end user’s operational requirements covering a broad range of mission applications. The sensor/software suite is designed to acoustically detect, track and form contact reports on waterborne targets that are transmitted to a command and control node on shore, ship or aircraft platform.Contact reports will contain spatial information that allows for data fusion with other sensor sources to achieve an affordable common operational picture that will provide the user maximum situational awareness.Applications for this product are vast and include area surveillance, perimeter trip wire notification, marine mammal monitoring and data collection, environmental data collection and defense and military mission capability sets.Liquid Robotics’ Wave Gliders will host the Sentinel Passive Acoustic Sensors in conjunction with additional weather, optical, communications and computing resources to provide real time maritime domain awareness. Able to operate 24×7, through all weather conditions, the Wave Glider reduces the risk and costs to long duration maritime security.Both Liquid Robotics and Ultra Electronics USSI’s combined engineering excellence have resulted in an integrated system that brings a disruptive persistent platform surveillance capability to a host of water surface security applications.
Partners for Human Rights and the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission are looking for nominations for the 2009 Human Rights Award. The award recognizes an individual or organization that demonstrates a significant contribution to advancing or protecting human rights. “Protecting and promoting human rights is not just the job of the commission, but a shared responsibility of all Nova Scotians,” said Krista Daley, director and CEO of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission. “There are people throughout the province that have really embraced this notion because they care about their communities and want to make the province a better place. The award is about recognizing their contribution and thanking them for it.” African Nova Scotian Affairs Minister Percy Paris received the award in 2005, in recognition of his work promoting respect for difference in sports and adult education and efforts to eliminate barriers to participation in communities for persons with disabilities in sport, learning and creating businesses. “It was a proud moment for me to realize my contributions to Human Rights were recognized and appreciated,” said Mr. Paris. “Everyone should consider individuals they know in their community who have made a contribution and nominate them.” Nominations should relate to this year’s International Human Rights Day event theme Stand Up for Hope. The deadline for nominations is Friday, Oct. 30. For nomination forms, visit the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission website at www.gov.ns.ca/humanrights/ . Nominations can be forwarded by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or faxed to 902-424-0596, attention Linda Nicholl. Partners for Human Rights members will consider the nominations and forward recommendations to the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission. The award will be presented at the International Human Rights Day event, Wednesday, Dec. 10, at Indian Brook School, near Shubenacadie.