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Gulf of Guinea Security

The term Gulf of Guinea Security unhelpfully conjures up negative images. This is of hostage taking and rampant crime linked to piracy and criminal acts at sea. Recent media attention, in the wake of a slow down since 2012 of the Somali High Risk Area (HRA) events, would have this belief stated as fact. The fact is, like many areas of the world, this region does have inherent security dynamics.

This guidance report will provide general analysis and contextual historical background for those tasked with operating or planning to operate offshore in this region. It should be appreciated that risk is dynamic within this complex environment. This document should be viewed as an enabler so as to facilitate an informed choice and seek where appropriate professional advice.

A copy of this document can be found under the members section.

SOLE Testing Launched

IAMSP is pleased to announce that the SOLE system is now in its second live testing phase. A true, community driven incident and notification system, the SOLE system combines the efforts and offerings of three companies to create a high-powered incident reporting, analysis and notification tool. The SOLE system consists of the efforts of three communities:

  • Solara Remote Data Delivery - the provider of the FT2100 handheld tracking device,
  • OceanusLive - the provider of the industry-leading incident notification and awareness portal, and
  • Evolutionary Security Management - providing trend and pattern analysis.

The SOLE project application is also overseen by the Association, particularly with respect to the system's ability to assist companies in reporting events covered under Section F of the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers.

Enabling the Industry

The SOLE system provides the following capabilities:

  • Companies can track their teams, based on set polling periods around the world (the FT2100 already having global coverage)
  • Team leaders can communicate back to their reporting center through the system's connection to the Iridium Satellite network,
  • Company officials can be notified of alerts or key messages through their own web portal, email, SMS or voice notification system,
  • Company officials can communicate with their teams securely, independently of the ship's infrastructure,
  • Company officials can, through the OceanusLive portal, receive an Operations center view, saving on time and effort within the operations center, and
  • The company can receive updates and assessments on events that take into account stratetic, operational, or even tactical views through the community-based approach.

These benefits are in addition to the company being able to demonstrate, through participation, that it is supporting efforts associated with human rights. The FT2100 comes pre-programmed with a series of notification alerts that allow the operator to communicate events associated with Section F of the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers quickly and consistently. Companies receiving this notification then have the ability of taking those steps that are built within their own Standing Operating Procedures (SOP). This is paired with the ability of the Company to use the features of the Solara system to retrieve logs (location and message) for a variety of uses, including being able to clearly demonstrate its compliance with a range of internationally driven best practices and emerging requirements.

This effort demonstrates the value of the one of the key elements of IAMSP - the ability to bring together members within the Association to provide significantly enhanced services or capabilities for the maritime security industry.

Contact

Initial questions regarding the SOLE project can be directed through the Association. Questions regarding any one of the three individual companies should be directed to each one individually. Contact details will be provided as part of the next testing benchmark.

New Solara Configuration

    IAMSP is pleased to announce that Solara Remote Data Delivery Systems of Winnipeg, Canada and in conjunction with Evolutionary Security Management of Arnprior, Canada has finished its validation of its new configuration package for security teams using the FT2100 handheld device. The new configuration includes pre-set notification messages for security incidents and has also integrated the reporting requirements based on Section F of the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers.
    As a result of this, field-deployed and ship-deployed personnel will have a simple, rapid means of sending initial notification messages back to their company headquarters. By using the pre-programmed messaging function within the FT2100, team leaders and companies will have a greater assurance that the message's date, time, location and content are accurate as intended. Similarly, the FT2100's 2-way texting capability will allow company headquarters to communicate quickly with the team leader who has sent the message. This allows the company to ensure that the team leader has the appropriate guidance and support in place quickly and concisely as the Solara system also maintains a log of messages sent.
    We are pleased to see this concrete progress being made towards the implementation of the International Code of Conduct and are proud to be part of the community that is bringing the intent of the Code of Conduct to fruition in complex environments. An official release regarding the specific configuration will be made shortly, as will an announcement regarding the upcoming testing of the SOLE system.

Solara FT2100 Passes Evaluation Process

IAMSP's Technical Evaluation Team (TET) is pleased to announce that the Solara Field Tracker 2100 has passed the technical vetting process with a score that allows for the Association to fully endorse its use. The fully endorsed status, very rarely achieved, indicates that the FT2100 and its supporting management infrastructure passed in all categories of the technical evaluation test.

This test considered the Field Tracker from the perspective of being able to provide two-way messaging and location monitoring for security teams without having to rely upon ship infrastructure. As has been reported by a significant number of security companies, some ship companies are either unwilling or unable to allow for continuous tracking or communication to security teams. Concurrently, the equipment also allows for command centers to communicate across their full accounts, greatly increasing the security teams' ability to receive warnings of changing threat conditions.

The testing also remarks upon two elements of the FT2100 and its management. These two elements involve a safety feature that allows the unit to be more appropriate for air travel and a refurbishment project that significantly reduces unnecessary waste and environmental impact. Further details regarding these measures are available through the company.

The FT2100 is a real-time GPS tracking system that allows for two-way messaging through the Iridium satellite network and ensuring a global coverage. The equipment is fully portable and ruggedized (MIL STANDARD 810G) for survival in a range of conditions, including the maritime environment.

The unit is also supported by a control panel that is internet enabled through a secured portal, allowing control centers or other monitoring bodies the ability to track multiple units on a single graphic user interface and to coordinate a range of automated or custom messages throughout their full account.

Those that wish further details regarding the SOLARA Field Tracker 2100 are invited to visit the Solara website.

Vetting-Technology and Services

This document describes the core policies, standards, procedures and guildelines associated with the vetting of technology or services on behalf of the organization. It requires that the process be clearly defined by the Association, the appropriate protection of Company proprietary data, the identification of standards in line with best practices (legal, regulatory and industry), and the overall requirements for the Technical Evaluation Team and overseeing member of the Executive to remain free of any financial tie or reward that could be associated with the evaluation.

This system is supported by Technical Evaluation Team working tool, incorporating the 168 contact points and Key Performance Indicators for evaluation.