Six saildrones were stationed off the coast of Hawaii for 30-day demonstration maritime domain awareness capabilities. Each week highlighted a real-world use case for persistent MDA: general traffic monitoring, illegal, unregulated, and unreported (IUU) fishing, search and patrol, and port security. The vehicles are equipped with an optical array with onboard GPU, and machine learning software that fuses the data from all sensors, recognizes targets of interest, and alerts the end-user in near real time.
Local boats were used as target vessels, sailing along and through the picket line of saildrones. The saildrones successfully detected and tracked the target vessels performing behaviors associated with IUU fishing, such as longline fishing at the edge of a restricted zone and turning off their automatic identification system (AIS), or going dark, while entering protected areas.