Securing the Seas: A Conversation with the Global Maritime Domain Awareness Program


Thursday, November 19, 2009 (All day)


124 Mt. Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

Bryan Long, Volpe Center, United States Department of Transportation

About the Seminar
The Global Maritime Domain Awareness Program is an initiative of the U.S. Department of Transportation's Volpe Center, which developed the technology to track vessel movement on the seas much more effectively.

The Volpe Center staff built the Maritime Security and Safety Information System (MSSIS), a freely-shared, unclassified, near real-time data collection and distribution network. Its member countries share data from Automatic Identification Systems (AIS), coastal radar, and other maritime-related systems.

MSSIS is intended to promote multilateral collaboration and data-sharing among international participants, with a primary goal of increasing maritime security and safety. Data sources may range from a single sensor to an entire national vessel tracking network. MSSIS is perfectly suitable as a one-stop source for streaming global maritime data. Because the data distributed by MSSIS maintains its original, internationally recognized format and is delivered to users in near real-time, member organizations are able to utilize the feed to meet their specific mission requirements.

The program won the Innovations in American Government Award in 2008.

About the Innovations in Government Seminar Series
This event is part of the Innovations in Government Seminar Series, which explores various aspects and approaches to the study of government innovation. This year-long series seeks to educate and inform the next generation of government innovators.