A real-time drone mapping platform for marine surveillance

I. Jeon, S. Ham, J. Cheon, A. M. Klimkowska, H. Kim, K. Choi, I. Lee

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Marine incidents have caused serious casualties and damaged on property, and situational awareness and actions are needed to reduce further extensive damage for marine surveillance. The importance of an attempt for maritime monitoring using UAV has been raised, and a platform should be prepared to respond immediately to urgent situations. In this research, a real-time drone image mapping platform is proposed for marine surveillance that receives marine images acquired and transmitted by drones and processes them in real time. The platform proposed in this study is divided into 1) UAV System, 2) Real-time image processing, 3) Visualization. UAV system transfers data from a drone to the ground stations. Real-time image processing module generates individual orthophotos followed by directly georeferencing in real time and detecting ships on the orthophotos. Visualization module enables to visualize the orthophotos. The overall mapping time of 3.26 seconds on average was verified for processing image mapping, and ship detection time for a single image was estimated to be within about 1 second, which corresponds to an environment in which an emergency must be handled. In conclusion, a real-time drone mapping platform that is introduced in this study can be evaluated as being available for maritime monitoring that requires swift responses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)385-391
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences - ISPRS Archives
Issue number2/W13
StatePublished - 4 Jun 2019
Event4th ISPRS Geospatial Week 2019 - Enschede, Netherlands
Duration: 10 Jun 201914 Jun 2019


  • Image Processing
  • Marine Surveillance
  • Real-Time Mapping
  • Ship Detection
  • UAV


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