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The Challenge

A need was identified for a more robust and sophisticated AI system to help inform human decision making in real-time complex environments. We were tasked to create a system that could help solve complex problems around threat monitoring in a maritime environment.

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The Approach

We developed STARTLE®, a biologically-inspired threat monitoring system that detects anomalous or threatening conditions by emulating the mammalian conditioned-fear response mechanism.

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STARTLE® detects and characterises threats autonomously, using multiple sensor modalities. It automatically directs sensor assets to enhance threat assessment. This early recognition of threats enables quick response from human operators. The system focuses on explainability so that human operators can gain confidence in the recommendations being made by STARTLE®.