Kleos Space has entered into a channel partner and data integrator agreement with UK geospatial intelligence and analysis company Geollect.
Under the agreement, Geollect will procure and integrate data from Kleos’ satellites as it becomes a global leader in dark vessel tracking capability. Kleos data will be used by Geollect to generate analytical intelligence output and/or resold by them under the Channel Partner element of the agreement.
Kleos’ Scouting Mission satellites detect and geolocate maritime radio frequency transmissions, and when compared with other data sources such as Automatic Identification System (AIS) the data can be used to highlight ‘dark’ maritime activity.
Geollect provides near real-time geospatial maritime intelligence collection and analytics for the defence, security, global cruise line and insurance sectors that is used by leading maritime organisations. Comprehensive real-time vessel tracking is central to its extensive contracts with the UK’s Royal Navy and within the Global P&I Maritime insurance sector, using its intelligence capabilities to support global maritime operations.
The agreement specifies guide pricing in line with Kleos data integrator partner pricing for a team of EUR 300,000 per annum, actual revenues are dependent on agreed licencing terms that are variable depending on data access and number of users required. Resale pricing will be negotiated on a case-by-case basis and is not fixed.
Kleos Space Chairman, Air Commodore (rtd) Peter Round who is a respected figure in the UK defence community said, “This is a great example of implementation of a key business strategy for Kleos: we can provide defence, security and commercial users with access to cost-effective geolocation intelligence data to provide a value added tipping and cueing capability to their current capability. Kleos’ independent maritime intelligence data complements and enhances Geollect’s existing datasets. Using our satellites
flown in clusters of four, our technology geolocates all RF (Radio Frequency) transmissions without relying on them actively broadcasting their locations. Thus, Kleos can offer unprecedented situational awareness at sea with optimised revisit rates over key regions of maritime interest for the UK, including the Straits of Hormuz, the South China Sea and the coast of Africa.
This agreement with an international leader in geospatial intelligence supports our long-term strategy within the UK defence and security markets, where our commercial satellites improve and verify intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) data to support maritime operations.”
Geollect co-founder and Chief Operating Officer Richard Gwilliam, himself a highly experienced ex-Royal Navy intelligence officer said, “Our maritime defence and security customers, such as the Royal Navy, are increasingly requesting tracking of dark activity, facilitating improved detection and interdiction of illegal activity such as piracy and drug smuggling.
Kleos’ data will improve our location of dark vessels, enabling us to identify anomalous activity and corroborate reports from disparate sources in near real-time. Our geospatial intelligence data and analysis allows our customers to understand regional threats as they occur and use that information to mitigate risks.”
Kleos’ Scouting Mission satellites are awaiting launch from Chennai, India, and after commissioning will commence data delivery.