Why: The US shoreline along the Great Lakes covers nearly 6,000 miles, much of which provides direct access to the US-Canadian border. This region is important to the national economy given its historical manufacturing industry and therefore, several stakeholder share responsibility to improve security, safety, commerce and environmental protection. The Tribal Nations are one such stakeholder with significant waterfront presence.
What: Technical Assent supported an analysis and feasibility study to partner with Tribal Nations along the shoreline to deploy a federally sponsored Automated Identification System (AIS) tracking system. The project was envisioned to as a win-win from the start – Tribal Nations would improve their awareness of shipping activity in waterways contribute to regional situational awareness with other public safety and law enforcement groups.