Prowler Marine and Six Maritime, develop Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) program for port security

Prowler Marine and Six Maritime, develop Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) program for port security

Prowler Marine and Six Maritime, working in concert, have developed the first affordable Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) program designed to enhance port security.  John Watts, COO/Founder of Prowler Marine, has been working with private and military executives to develop problem-solving strategies over the last decade.  Mr. Watts and Six Maritime COO Paul Robinson collaborated to share information about industry needs and leverage relationships to ensure the success of this affordable and efficient international port security program.  Mr. Robinson is a true subject matter expert with a keen understanding of the security business and navigating its issues;  Prowler Founder, Garrett Moeller, is the CTO, specializing in geospatial technologies and asset management. Messer’s Moeller and Watts have worked together on projects for over a decade.  Watts stated, “Garrett’s knowledge of GIS (Geographic Information Systems) and business development are both strong, he was a natural choice to help develop Prowler.”

When asked about the importance of geospatial technologies to port security, Garrett Moeller commented, “the use of location-based solutions is essential to the future of managing security assets.  The patterns and relationships that are revealed when you understand their location and movement can help to fine-tune spatial awareness and prepare for potential vulnerabilities.”  Garrett is not new to security programs; he had previously coordinated the elevation of a private contracting firm’s security protocol and field operation workflow to support an asset management program for the Nuclear National Security Agency (NNSA).  “I feel excited and blessed to work with John (Watts) and Paul (Robinson) to combine port security and unmanned systems.  As soon as we all got together to discuss this opportunity, I instantly saw the benefit of our program on an international scale.” Mr. Moeller stated. Then he continued, “Research into international port security regulations showed us where our technology can meet regulatory controls, save port facility security management money, and reduce risk to human lives. Whenever business collaboration and knowhow produce a win-win-win scenario, that is something worth pursuing.”

Mr. Robinson had his own thoughts on the joint effort. He explained that Six Maritime had authored their slogan nearly five years ago, which reads, “Logistically simple technologically advanced.” The slogan stands as one of the company’s guiding principles.  He stated, “We at Six Maritime continually focus on new ways to transition emerging technologies for commercial use in our service offerings.” Mr. Robinson continued by saying, “unmanned technologies have and will continue to shape our futures and we, through our collaborative efforts, have positioned ourselves as industry leaders when it comes to applying these technologies to security.”


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Patrick Egan

Editor in Field, sUAS News Americas Desk | Patrick Egan is the editor of the Americas Desk at sUAS News and host and Executive Producer of the sUAS News Podcast Series, Drone TV and the Small Unmanned Systems Business Exposition. Experience in the field includes assignments with the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command Battle Lab investigating solutions on future warfare research projects. Instructor for LTA (Lighter Than Air) ISR systems deployment teams for an OSD, U.S. Special Operations Command, Special Surveillance Project. Built and operated commercial RPA prior to 2007 FAA policy clarification. On the airspace integration side, he serves as director of special programs for the RCAPA (Remote Control Aerial Photography Association).