Former Chief Minister of Goa and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar dedicated the National Command Control Communication and Intelligence Network (NC3I) & Information Management and Analysis Centre (IMAC) to strengthen the Indian Coastal Surveillance.
The NC3I network links 51 Naval and Coast Guard stations, located along the coast and on island territories.
The network provides these stations coastal surveillance information obtained from various sensors such as the coastal radar chain of the Indian Coast Guard and automatic tracking systems as well as electro-optical cameras.
The network rides on dedicated terrestrial data circuits, as well as, satellite communication, which helps the stations in remote locations to be networked.
The IMAC is the centre where data from various sensors and databases is aggregated, correlated and then disseminated to various stations for enhanced awareness.
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.
The entire NC3I Network has been integrated by Bharat Electronics Limited, Bangalore.
The NC3I network and IMAC are also linked with the prestigious National Maritime Domain Awareness (NMDA) project.
In the NMDA project, the NC3I network will function as the communication backbone and the IMAC will continue to be the nodal centre but will be rechristened as the NMDA Centre.