Research & Advice

Maritime Mission Systems

SEA specialises in acoustic processing together with underwater communications and underwater sensor networks research for the UK Royal Navy.


Acoustic Processing

SEA specialises in acoustic processing and we are currently developing Broadband, Narrowband, Detection of Modulation on Noise (DEMON), Active Multi-Static, Active intercept and auto detection processing to provide a full spectrum Anti-Submarine Warfare processing suite.  This suite will be associated with Human Computer Interfaces to optimise human interaction for use with ASW systems for smaller vessels, potentially without a sophisticated combat system.

Underwater Communications

Working in close cooperation with our RF communications specialists, the Maritime Missions System team has specialist capabilities in underwater communications including the development of a Through Water Acoustic Communications Channel Model.


Underwater Sensor Networks

SEA has extensive capabilities in sensor processing and the integration of active and passive sensors to form underwater communication networks and autonomous sensor fields.

We have conducted pioneering work during Exercise Unmanned Warrior 16 in ASW operations utilising unmanned and autonomous vehicles. 


Open Combat Systems Integration

SEA has developed an openness assessment tool that Dstl used in the development of OACS.

We initiated T23 CSH in Mid 1980s and since then has introduced mid life upgrades, Ethernet connectivity, graphical diagnostics, bridges and legacy interfaces.

SEA maintains a network lab which includes;

  • CSH reference site (test, trials and integration activities)
  • Commercial IP based Network (PV development)
  • Blade server (development of virtualisation)

Our considerable experience in Open Systems architectures, both in the land and maritime domains, is being used to develop a Semantic Web to provide an open, dynamic and extensible framework for the management and exploitation of sensor data. It will allow all sensors and related assets to be “self-describing” such that the framework is able to integrate a wide variety of assets.

SEA has Human Factors specialists integrated in all division who specialise in developing Human Computer Interfaces for effective integration of sensors and effectors, with particular consideration for the exploitation of autonomous systems.


Environmental Data Exploitation System

SEA has extensive capabilities in environmental modelling including pioneering work in 3D acoustic propagation and Maritime Environmental Information processing.

We have also developed a web application software architecture, which separates data access and manipulation from data visualisation. This software allows devices, running only a web browser, to rapidly interact with data handled on a server or desktop PC over a network.  This has been made available for innovation development at:

This application enables a user with only occasional access to the internet to draw on a wide variety of ‘big data’ and create bespoke visualixations of the data offline.

The application has the potential to allow autonomous systems to upload their sensor inform direct to a ‘cloud’ data repository, which can then be accessed by users at any time of their choosing and display the information in a format that enables decision makers to interpret the information.




For more information, please contact our Research & Advice division


Tel: +44 1373 852 000