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Geospatial Partnership to Target ‘Dark’ Maritime Activity

Kleos Space a space-powered Radio Frequency Reconnaissance data-as-a-service (DaaS) company, and U.K. geospatial intelligence and analysis company Geollect, have entered into a channel partner and data integrator agreement.

Geollect will procure and integrate data from Kleos satellites for its dark vessel tracking capability. Geollect will use the Kleos data to generate analytical intelligence output that may also be resold by them under the Channel Partner element of the agreement.

Kleos Scouting Mission satellites detect and geolocate maritime radio frequency transmissions, and when compared with other data sources such as Automatic Identification System (AIS) the data can be used to highlight ‘dark’ maritime activity.

Geollect provides near real-time geospatial maritime intelligence collection and analytics for maritime organizations across the defense, security, global cruise line and insurance sectors. Comprehensive real-time vessel tracking is central to its extensive contracts with the U.K.’s Royal Navy and within the Global P&I Maritime insurance sector.

The Agreement specifies guide pricing in line with Kleos data integrator partner pricing for a team of EUR 300,000 per annum. Actual revenues are dependent on agreed licensing terms that are variable depending on data access and number of users required. Resale pricing will be negotiated on a case-by-case basis and is not fixed.

Kleos Space Chairman, Air Commodore (rtd) Peter Round said Kleos’ independent maritime intelligence data complements and enhances Geollect’s existing datasets. “Using our satellites flown in clusters of four, our technology geolocates all RF transmissions without relying on them actively broadcasting their locations. Thus, Kleos can offer unprecedented situational awareness at sea with optimized revisit rates over key regions of maritime interest for the UK, including the Straits of Hormuz, the South China Sea and the coast of Africa.”

Geollect co-founder and Chief Operating Officer Richard Gwilliam said Geollect’s maritime defense and security customers, such as the Royal Navy, are increasingly requesting tracking of dark activity, facilitating improved detection and interdiction of illegal activity such as piracy and drug smuggling.

This latest agreement follows the establishment in October last year of a wholly-owned Kleos Space U.S. subsidiary to integrate and sell its maritime ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) data into U.S. defense and security government departments, agencies and industries.

The US subsidiary, Kleos Space Inc, enables Kleos to access U.S. government funding and projects which are otherwise restricted to U.S. entities, such as the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) funding, U.S. Air Force Accelerator program and other federal defense projects.

Kleos Scouting Mission satellites are awaiting launch confirmation with ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization) on a PSLV rocket from Chennai, India, and after commissioning will commence data delivery.

Read more at Geollect

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