Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has inaugurated the Information Management and Analysis Centre (IMAC) located in Gurgaon. It is a joint initiative of Indian Navy, Coast Guard and Bharat Electronics Ltd to improve coastal surveillance and to provide coastal security to avert incidents like the 26/11 terror attack on Mumbai.
Key facts about Information Management and Analysis Centre (IMAC)
- IMAC will be the single point centre interlinking the newly formed coastal radar chain of India. It will be manned by the Navy and function under the National Security Adviser (NSA).
- It is the nodal centre of the National Command Control Communications and Intelligence Network (NC3I Network) and National Maritime Domain Awareness (NMDA).
- The NC3I will link 20 naval and 31 Coast Guard monitoring stations with IMAC to generate a real-time picture of the nearly 7,500-km long coastline.
- The system currently comprises 46 radars and 30 additional radars are planned to fill all the gaps in coastline security.
- In this system the remote hubs are linked with the centre by high speed optical fibre networks and satellite links- for backup in case of emergency.
- Apart from coastal radars and optical sensors, it also draws information from automatic identification systems fitted on merchant ships and has a comprehensive shipping database of world registers of shipping for analysis of traffic.
- The software on which the coastal surveillance will be carried out incorporates hi-tech features like data fusion, correlation and decision support features thus facilitating better decision making.
Thus, Information Management and Analysis Centre (IMAC) project would go a long way in beefing up the maritime surveillance, thereby, enhancing the National Maritime Domain Awareness Project.