Information Fusion Centre

Information Fusion Centre

Navy to operate information fusion centre to boost Indian Ocean security.

About:
• The Indian Navy will formally inaugurate the Information Fusion Centre (IFC) for the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) at the Navy’s Information Management and Analysis Centre (IMAC) in Gurugram.

About IFC:
• Through this Centre, information on “white shipping”, or commercial shipping, will be exchanged with countries in the region to improve maritime domain awareness in the Indian Ocean.

Do You Know?
White-shipping refers to commercial shipping information about movement of cargo ships.
About IMAC: This is the single point centre linking all the coastal radar chains to generate a seamless real-time picture of the nearly 7,500 km coastline.

Benefit: Entire region will be benefited by mutual collaboration and exchange of information and understanding the concerns and threats which are prevalent in the region.
Vision: Strengthening maritime security in the region and beyond, by building a common coherent maritime situation picture and acting as a maritime information hub for the region.

Need of Such multilateral agreements are necessitated due to the large traffic in the Indian Ocean which cannot be entirely monitored by any one nation.

Trans Regional Maritime Network (T-RMN)
• In a related development, India has signed the ascension agreement to the Trans Regional Maritime Network (T-RMN) which facilitates information exchange on the movement of commercial traffic on the high seas.
• The multilateral construct comprises of 30 countries and is steered by Italy.