Kleos and Geollect sign channel partner and integrator agreement
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.