Press release on Forbes website. Contributor - Elizabeth Howell
With so much ocean to cover, another satellite company has brokered an agreement to keep track of large ships sailing around the world.
Luxembourg-based data service company Kleos and Geollect, a geospatial intelligence and analysis company in the United Kingdom, signed an agreement to use Kleos' data for a new tool. What’s even more interesting is the pact (whose dollar amount was not disclosed) was signed before Kleos’ satellites begin operations.
Geollect plans to use the data from Kleos forthcoming satellites for "dark vessel tracking capability" using radio frequency transmissions from ships. These transmissions include both the automatic transmissions that all ships must use to show their port of origin and destination (among other pieces of data), and other radio frequency communications emanating from vessels.
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Kleos Space (ASX:KSS) a space-powered Radio Frequency Reconnaissance data-as-a-service (DaaS) company, and UK geospatial intelligence and analysis company Geollect, have entered into a channel partner and data integrator agreement.
Geollect will procure and integrate data from Kleos satellites for its dark vessel tracking capability. Geollect will use the Kleos data to generate analytical intelligence output that may also be resold by them under the Channel Partner element of the agreement.
Kleos Scouting Mission satellites detect and geolocate maritime radio frequency transmissions, and when compared with other data sources such as Automatic Identification System (AIS) the data can be used to highlight ‘dark’ maritime activity.
Geollect is a leader in geospatial intelligence and analysis and provides near real-time geospatial maritime intelligence collection and analytics for maritime organisations across the defence, security, global cruise line and insurance sectors. Comprehensive real-time vessel tracking is central to its extensive contracts with the UK’s Royal Navy and within the Global P&I Maritime insurance sector, using its intelligence capabilities to support global maritime operations.
The Agreement specifies guide pricing in line with Kleos data integrator partner pricing for a team of EUR 300,000 per annum. Actual revenues are dependent on agreed licencing terms that are variable depending on data access and number of users required. Resale pricing will be negotiated on a case-by-case basis and is not fixed.
Kleos Space Chairman, Air Commodore (rtd) Peter Round who is a respected figure in the UK defence community said, “This is a great example of implementation of a key business strategy for Kleos: we can provide defence, security and commercial users with access to cost-effective geolocation intelligence data to provide a value-added tipping and cueing capability to their current capability.
"Kleos’ independent maritime intelligence data complements and enhances Geollect’s existing datasets. Using our satellites flown in clusters of four, our technology geolocates all RF (Radio Frequency) transmissions without relying on them actively broadcasting their locations. Thus, Kleos can offer unprecedented situational awareness at sea with optimised revisit rates over key regions of maritime interest for the UK, including the Straits of Hormuz, the South China Sea and the coast of Africa.
This agreement with an international leader in geospatial intelligence supports our long-term strategy within the UK defence and security markets, where our commercial satellites improve and verify intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) data to support maritime operations.”
Geollect co-founder and Chief Operating Officer Richard Gwilliam, himself a highly experienced ex-Royal Navy intelligence officer said, “Our maritime defence and security customers, such as the Royal Navy, are increasingly requesting tracking of dark activity, facilitating improved detection and interdiction of illegal activity such as piracy and drug smuggling.
Kleos’ data will improve our location of dark vessels, enabling us to identify anomalous activity and corroborate reports from disparate sources in near real-time. Our geospatial intelligence data and analysis allows our customers to understand regional threats as they occur and use that information to mitigate risks.”
This latest agreement follows the establishment in October last year of a wholly-owned Kleos Space US subsidiary to integrate and sell its maritime ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) data into US defence and security government departments, agencies and industries.
The US subsidiary, Kleos Space Inc, enables Kleos to access US government funding and projects which are otherwise restricted to US entities, such as the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) funding, US Air Force Accelerator program and other federal defence projects.
Kleos Scouting Mission satellites are awaiting launch confirmation with ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) on a PSLV rocket from Chennai, India, and after commissioning will commence data delivery.
It’s been five years since the UK withdrew its last troops from operations in Afghanistan and since then thousands of servicemen and women have left the Armed Forces and transitioned back into civilian life.
Some of these individuals have chosen to leave the military to embark on new career paths while others have been medically discharged from service.
"Business is like taking a hill in the military - you have an objective and you keep going until you take that hill. " says, Richard Gwilliam, co-founder of Geollect,
"I joined the Royal Navy straight from school and served for 28 years. First I was an air engineer but I later became an intelligence officer. I worked in Bahrain for a while for the Americans, where I met my wife who was also an intelligence officer for the National Geospatial Agency."
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Geollect in Hamburg, with other global startups to solve the biggest challenges in maritime, trade & transport.
9 startup teams, from 8 different countries, are moving forward past the first check-point at the Trade & Transport Impact program. 18 projects have been identified and kick-off the six week innovation program together with corporate partners Inmarsat, Cargotec, Shell, HHLA and Wärtsilä.
This week, corporate business leaders from the Trade & Transport Impact program partners, met with 14 selected startups to kick off 3 days of closer project discussion. The startups, who range from port- and cyber security to energy-optimization and crew welfare, spent the days debating potential opportunities and project-fit.
Bristol-based specialist tech firm Geollect has secured a deal with an American cruise line that is projected to be worth £5.5m within five years.
Under the contract, Geollect – which specialises in innovative geospatial intelligence – will provide its bespoke global maritime operations portal as part of an initial six-month service trial with Miami-based cruise operator Carnival Corporation & plc.
Geollect’s service provides an overview of the security threats to vessels and passengers at sea and in port. It will then be rolled out across all nine of Carnival’s cruise lines next year, taking the deal’s projected value to £1.4m by the end of 2021.
It follows hot on the heels of four deals secured by Geollect in Zambia, Finland, Indonesia and Greece with a total value likely to reach £6.7m by 2024.
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We would like to congratulate Will Hillman, Geollect's Head of Geospatial Development, on the launch of Geollect's GlobeView product, which he developed for North P&I Club.
North P&I is a leading global marine insurer with over 150 years of history in the industry.
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Geollect has secured a deal with a US cruise line operator projected to be worth £5.5 million by the end of 2024.
Transatlantic export and investment deals expected to be worth over £85 million have been announced by the UK government as the UN General Assembly takes place in New York.
The UK government has announced a number of export wins to the United States from a range of British companies, all of which were achieved with support from the Department for International Trade, expected to be worth over £50 million.
Richard Gwilliam, our COO, won Business Leader of the year at the English Veterans Award. He also won a silver for Entrepreneur of the Year! Pictured above is Richard with CEO, Cate Gwilliam, Gregory Scovel, Chairman and Odette Scovel.
Richard Gwilliam is a highly experienced ex-Royal Navy intelligence officer. He has worked with a multitude of cross government agencies within the international intelligence community at all levels from the strategic to the tactical level. Find out more about Richard on our Team page
Geollect is very proud to announce that it has received a Bonze award in The Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS).
The ERS encourages employers to support defence and inspire others to do the same. The scheme encompasses bronze, silver and gold awards for employer organisations that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to defence and the armed forces community, and align their values with the Armed Forces Covenant.
The ERS is designed primarily to recognise private sector support although public sector organisations such as the emergency services, local authorities, NHS trusts and executive agencies are also eligible to be recognised.
We are very proud to announce that Richard Gwilliam, Chief Operating Officer, is a finalist in the Veterans Awards 2019!
Richard (Gwilly) is a finalist for Business Leader of the Year, sponsored by Venture Risks Ltd.
"The Veterans Awards are proud to announce our shortlisted Finalists for this years English Veterans Awards, due to be held at the Mercure Bristol Holland House on 25th September 2019. Sponsored by Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes and in Support of The ABF The Soldiers’ Charity!
Well done to everyone who has been shortlisted as finalists. We had 100’s of applications and the shortlisting process was extremely difficult. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who put forward nominations.
We want to Inspire our future service leavers that great things can happen. Its you who will act as role models and in some cases mentors, remember Positivity breeds Positivity."
You can find out more about the award here
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