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The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic technology trials

In conjunction with the UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), and the Security Innovation & Technology Consortium (SITC), Over-C were provided with an opportunity to work alongside the Metropolitan Police Marine Unit during the 2012 Olympics and deliver bespoke software solutions.

The Metropolitan Police operate alongside Kent and Essex Police Marine Units to patrol and secure the 96 mile length of the River Thames. Traditional radio based marine tracking technologies can sometimes struggle to deliver accurate positioning for the fleet of 18 vessels on the river. In addition the Police need to ensure the safety of the Officers on and off board and to know which Officer is deployed on which vessel and their tactical capability.


Over-C deployed a real-time encrypted web based solution to track the vessels, using fixed IP68 GSM, GPRS, GPS, units and Sonim NFC, GPS mobile phone devices.

This enables the Police to switch off their AIS (Automatic Identification System), a legal transponding requirement for vessels on the river, and become covert whilst still receiving live positioning of every asset on the Thames in addition to the location of all the other marine Police resources.

With the ability to view situational data live over any encrypted mobile device or secure internet terminal, Over-C ensured that the decision making process for the Police was based on accurate real-time intelligence.