by Matthew Marshall
After years of battling temperamental lab equipment and cleaning what seemed like an endless supply of glassware, I was ready to try something a little different. When details of an internship at a geospatial maritime intelligence company, Geollect, were circulated by my PhD funders, I jumped at the chance. This wasn’t an industry that I knew much – if anything! – about and I wasn’t necessarily the sort of candidate that, on paper, they had had in mind. But its appeal for me was precisely because it was a completely unfamiliar field; something new for me to get stuck into. And much to my surprise, Geollect also looked upon the internship as an opportunity to experiment – they could gain a fresh perspective from someone with a completely different background (biogeochemistry, in case you’re interested!) and see what I could offer to them.
When I started at Geollect, I was very quickly welcomed into a growing team of programmers, front-end developers and GIS analysts. As with all new jobs, the first day involved learning new jargon and trying to understand the industry context for the business. In other settings I might have felt intimidated due to my different skill set and lack of experience, but this very friendly group were keen to welcome me and ensure that I felt part of the team. I was tasked with kick-starting the initial stage of a much longer-term project, which aims to develop new ways of flagging unusual shipping activity based on an analysis of historical trends. This really put my data-crunching skills to the test – analysing datasets that were far larger than anything I had previously handled. This presented its own difficulties but regular conservations with my team’s manager helped me to work out how to refine the focus of the research and keep making progress.
Two months isn’t very long but you can learn a lot in a such a short space of time. I am now aware of some of the challenges in the maritime industry related to vessel tracking and, in particular, the difficulties involved in filtering out suspicious shipping activity from a vast quantity of data. It also opened my eyes as to how one company can draw upon the skills of many individuals to create products that help to solve some of these challenges. A particular highlight of the internship for me was being surrounded by people who were working on so many different things, and different components of the same project which were all brought together into a single product – against challenging deadlines.
Overall I would say that internships are a great opportunity to experiment – experience working in an industry you’ve never heard of, test your skills in a completely new field and you may surprise yourself with what you’re able to do. I’d encourage any other PhD student (beleaguered or otherwise) to take advantage of similar opportunities that come their way. It may be start of something completely new.
North P&I Club has launched a new digital tool that will help shipowners and operators track the spread of the Coronavirus outbreak.
North P&I Club has developed its MyGlobeView platform (powered by Geollect) – an interactive map which Members use to identify commercial risks and physical threats to shipping around the world – so that it now can provide live updates as to the number of confirmed cases of the virus, countries at risk and what to look out for.
February 11–12, the Geollect team and over 5000 professionals will gather for the 2020 Esri Federal GIS Conference (#FedGIS) in Washington, DC. The conference allows attendees to explore the ground-breaking ways governments use geospatial technologies to solve the world’s greatest challenges. Join our community and Esri President, Jack Dangermond, to discuss the latest geospatial trends and opportunities shaping government and society!
Please do come and introduce yourselves to the Geollect team! We will be in the 'Exhibitors Startup Zone FedGIS Expo'.
Find out more about the Esri conference here
North P&I Club has announced details of its new digital resource, MyGlobalView, an interactive geographical information portal. The portal was developed in partnership with geospatial intelligence company Geollect.
MyGlobalView is available exclusively to North’s members and correspondents, and enables access to a broad range of data relating to commercial and trading risk, port infrastructure, and meteorological and travel advice. It also includes a news feed featuring updates from trade news outlets.
MyGlobalConnect also includes commercial and risk security information provided by maritime consulting group Gray Page, which has wide-ranging expertise in providing intelligence services, investigating cargo theft, losses, damage and fraud.
“Together with our partners Geollect, we have developed a really useful digital resource to assist those involved in shipping,” said Rob McInally, director of marketing and communications at North. “This new portal builds on the success of our popular GlobalView platform, launched in September 2019. With access to 30 regularly updated data sources, and more to follow in the coming months, members and correspondents will benefit from greater personalisation and advice.”
North P&I Club has announced details of its new digital resource, MyGlobeView, which is an advanced, interactive geographical information portal, developed in partnership with innovative geospatial intelligence company – Geollect.
Exclusively for North’s Members and Correspondents, the launch of MyGlobeView enables access to a broader range of data relating to commercial and trading risk, port infrastructure, meteorological and travel advice. The portal also includes a news feed detailing updates from reputable trade news outlets.
Geollect and North are working together to provide information, analysis and assessments relating to the commercial risks and threats faced by the shipping industry and seafarers, around the world. This is complemented by commercial and security risk information provided by Gray Page, a specialist maritime consulting group, with wide-ranging expertise in providing intelligence services, investigating cargo theft, losses, damage and fraud.
Rob McInally, Director of Marketing & Communications at North said, “Together with our partners Geollect, we have developed a really useful digital resource to assist those involved in shipping. This new portal builds on the success of our popular GlobeView platform, launched in September 2019. With access to 30 regularly updated data sources, and more to follow in the coming months, Members and Correspondents will benefit from greater personalisation and advice.”
Members and Correspondents can access MyGlobeView through their MyNorth accounts.
Source: North P&I Club
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."
Read the full Remembrance Day article on Business Live here
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.
Read full press release here
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