Our oceans play a key role in climate regulation; harbour more than half of all life on Earth; provide us with food and employment; and are at the center of the global trading system.

Created in 2015 by brothers Clement and Jonathan Galic in their homeland of Britanny (France), UNSEENLABS intends to be a tool to better serve the oceans.

WATERTODAY spoke with both Clement and Jonathan Galic about the passion that fuels their primary goal – taking care of the oceans.

With more than 90,000 ships in the world’s commercial fleet, the lack of precise and up-to-date location of ships leads to environmental and security issues for both public and private sectors.

UNSEENLAB’S proprietary technology ensures the safety of ships while assisting in the prevention of criminal and anti-environmental acts. Sensitive sea areas are controlled precisely and in near real-time. Seeing the Unseen.

“In 2015 we were convinced that private companies should serve the rising opportunities to access space, and realized that the three of us combined (our older brother Benjamin is a business lawyer) had all the qualities required to create our own company,” Clement told WT.

Jonathan Galic (left), CTO & Co-founder is a software and hardware engineer specializing in satellite Earth Observation; & Clement Galic CEO & Co-founder is a software, functional engineer specializing in high-capacity systems both in space and air traffic.

“We have always been passionate about space (as children we read a lot of science fiction) so naturally we came to choose career paths that would allow us to work in that area,” Clement said.

Given the increase in commercial traffic, the stakes involved in protecting the oceans from illegal fishing and other unscrupulous activities has become urgently necessary.

“We had an idea for a satellite payload that would provide a new kind of data with a huge potential market. We really had to start from scratch. In the beginning it was just two brothers with an expensive project.”

“The technology we developed allows us to detect all vessels, even those who turn off their transponders: they can’t go ‘dark’ anymore,” Jonathan Galic

“Once ships enter international waters there is very little we can know about what they do precisely. They are required to signal their position at all times with mandatory equipment, but it’s very easy for a captain to turn it off.

“That’s when he goes ‘dark’ and vanishes from the surveillance screens if he intends to fish in a restricted area or dump waste where he’s not supposed to.”

90% of goods are transported by sea. Pirate ships and illegal vessels are ever-present. All a ship has to do is cut its embedded active beacon to vanish from surveillance screens UNSEENLABS innovative electromagnetic technology enables it to track any vessel, anywhere and at any time when other systems can’t.

“Of course, our technology has many other potential applications…but one step at a time!

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