About Safe Passage

Safe Passage is a marine mapping system and alert service that can aid commercial, leisure and rescue craft navigating treacherous waterways worldwide. Using up-to-date satellite data, Safe Passage maps dangerous estuaries and automatically detects changes in channel locations. This information is then shared with seafarers via Digital Navigation Charts.

Safe Passage is being developed by the University of Strathclyde and Creative Help Ltd in partnership with Nith Inshore Rescue, a volunteer lifeboat service based on the Solway Firth in the UK, to ensure it will immediately improve the safety of our coastal waters.

Watch our short video below, to find out more.

Team

Dr Ciara McGrath
Research Associate at the University of Strathclyde

Ciara is an expert in space mission analysis and astrodynamics. She is responsible for satellite data assessment and procurement, and for ensuring research impact through stakeholder engagement.

Dr Ruaridh Clark
Research Associate at the University of Strathclyde

Ruaridh is an expert in network systems. His novel change detection algorithm forms the basis of the Safe Passge change detection and alert service.

Mr Gwilym Gibbons
Founder of Creative Help Ltd
Member of Nith Inshore Rescue

Gwilym has extensive business experience, particularly in media and social enterprise. He has led projects worth >£30M in the past five years.

Prof Malcolm Macdonald
Professor and Chair of Applied Space Technology at the University of Strathclyde

Malcolm is an expert in space technology and satellite applications. He has supported numerous space-data start-ups and led projects worth >£5.5M in the past five years.

Dr Carmine Clemente
Senior Lecturer at the University of Strathclyde

Carmine is an expert in radar signal processing. He has received >£1M of support for research and knowledge exchange activities in the last five years.

Dr Christos Ilioudis
Research Fellow at the University of Strathclyde

Christos is an expert in signal processing, particularly as applied to radar. He is responsible for analysis and interpretation of the necessary satellite radar imagery.

Dr David McKee
Reader at the University of Strathclyde

David is an expert in ocean remote sensing. His knowledge of the maritime environment has guided the development of Safe Passage.

Copernicus Masters 2020

Safe Passage receives 2nd place in the BMVI Digital Transport Challenge.

Safe Passage has been awarded 2nd place in the BMVI Digital Transport Challenge of the prestigious Copernicus Masters! We were honoured to be competing alongside some fantastic innovations and delighted to secure 2nd place.


E&T Innovation Awards 2020

Safe Passage shortlisted for the Visionary Award for Protecting Society & Saving Lives.

We are thrilled to announce that Safe Passage has been shortlisted for the Visionary Award for Protecting Society & Saving Lives at the E&T Innovation Awards 2020! This award, sponsored by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has been designed to recognise the inherently innovative activity of emergency services, sailors, soldiers, aircrew and marines from around the world.

Winners will be announced on November 19th and you can register to attend for free.

Presentation at SPIE Remote Sensing Conference 2020

Mapping of shifting tidal estuaries to support inshore rescue.

Across the world, many coastal tidal regions are unsafe to navigate due to shifting mud and sand pushed by water currents. Ability to regularly map the current location of a channel will aid safe passage for commercial, leisure and rescue craft. This work investigates the use of synthetic aperture radar data derived from satellites to provide accurate mapping of moving channels in coastal regions. As images must be collected at low tide, data availability is assessed considering the relationship between the orbital motion of the satellites and the tides. Change detection methods are applied to suitable images to map changes in the location of navigable channels. Pixels that undergo similar changes over time (e.g. from water covered to exposed sand) are grouped together by examining the principal component of the covariance matrix, for a vector composed of pixel values from the same location at different times. The Solway Firth in Great Britain is selected as a trial site as it is exposed to some of Europe's fastest tidal movements and ranges, and hence is one of Great Britain's most treacherous stretches of coastline.

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