Fiber Optics and Maritime Security: Insights from Mark Jacobs

OptiArray and OptiBarrier underwater

In an era of escalating threats, the development of new detection technologies is crucial for safeguarding critical infrastructure. Mark Jacobs, CCO of Optics11, highlights our company’s advancements and collaboration with the military to ensure maritime security in the North Sea. Recently he gave an interview to “Follow the Money” magazine.

Fiber optic sensing technology is a core of our solutions, and it has found significant applications in national defense. Fiber optic sensors detect underwater vibrations, which can indicate the presence of spy ships, drones, etc. This capability has drawn the attention of defense agencies since 2016. The interest has grown over the last years, as more concerns are rising around maritime security.

Recently, Optics11 has made substantial progress, collaborating intensively with defense forces. Our compact and lightweight towed array OptiArray operates in an extended range and provides enhanced sensitivity by identifying objects underwater based on their unique acoustic signatures. It employs advanced vibration sensors in a thin, garden-hose-like cable, and is more sensitive than traditional methods. These fiber optic hydrophones have been successfully tested with the navy, demonstrating their capability to monitor underwater infrastructure.

OptiArray and OptiBarrier - early warning solutions from Optics11 to ensure maritime security

For those interested in a deeper dive into the topic, the full version of the article is available in Dutch at the link below:

Read the full article on Follow the Money

The importance of these advancements is crucial, especially given how critical infrastructure in the North Sea. As nations seek to enhance their maritime security, the innovative solutions provided by companies like Optics11 will play a pivotal role in deterring and detecting potential threats.

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