Expand Your Horizon

Enhanced Monitoring & Surveillance

The principle behind the Aeolus platform is to extend the visible and radio horizon around a vessel. Current ship based monitoring systems can typically see out to 8-10 nautical miles (nm) and can cover an area of circa 300 to 470nm2. At that point, the curvature of the Earth begins to hide objects over the horizon.


The primary objective of the Aeolus project is to develop an effective, flexible, configurable, low power and cost effective maritime monitoring and surveillance platform that can be operated above a seagoing vessel at an altitude of 50 to 300 metres thereby increasing a large vessel’s monitoring and surveillance area by up to 10 times. For smaller vessels, the increase is even greater, up to 20 times.

Mid – Altitude Surveillance Platform System

The Aeolus Project was born from an objective in the Irish Naval Service and the Irish Maritime and Energy Resource Cluster to increase operational efficiency through the integration and development of innovative technologies and practices. Together with key stakeholders (Irish Defence Forces, Cork Institute of Technology (which comprises the Nimbus Centre & the Halpin Centre), University of Limerick, Enterprise Ireland, Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland and Irish Maritime & Energy Research Cluster), a programme of research and development was undertaken focused on fuel reduction through increased monitoring & surveillance capabilities. The outcome of this programme of works is the Aeolus platform.

The Aeolus platform is designed to be lift system agnostic and can be easily used with kites, drones, UAVs or extended masts.

The new Aeolus technology will be sold into civilian and defence markets as an enhanced monitoring and surveillance system. Cork Institute of Technology intends to set up a spin-out company to take full advantage of the work done to date and lead to further high tech and employment opportunities in Ireland.

The project is looking for organisations to start trials across the globe with Defence Forces, Coast Guards, shipping fleets and super yachts.

"For the Naval Service to be able to see over the horizon to the extent that these electronic sensors could provide us with, is potentially a game changer for us."
Captain Brian Fitzgerald
Irish Naval Service

The Aeolus Team

Richard Linger

Richard Linger is a serial entrepreneur and is currently the Industry Director and TEC Gateway Manager of Nimbus Research Centre, overseeing a portfolio of over 40 projects in the Internet of things space. He has worked across the globe in the technology, energy and maritime sectors.

Cormac Gebruers

Cormac is the founding Manager of the HALPIN Centre. He specialised Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) in coastal monitoring and surveillance in a maritime navigation systems in a multinational company. He began his career in the merchant navy and while still at sea, became very involved in maritime IT and radio communications related work. After coming ashore, he set up and ran a maritime transport and logistics research and innovation company. Cormac also heads up HALPIN’s Mechatronics Team.

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