Israel's DSIT providing diver detection sonar system to NATO country 

The fully automatic PointShield system is designed for underwater protection of ships and sites 

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Israeli company DSIT Solutions, which specializes in underwater defense and security solutions based on advanced sonar and acoustics technologies, announced Thursday that it will supply an unidentified NATO country with its PointShield Portable Diver Detection Sonar (PDDS) system. The fully automatic system is designed for underwater protection of sites and ships. 

According to the company's statement, the sophisticated, cost-effective system secures nuclear power facilities, underwater pipelines and cables, naval bases, ports, offshore platforms, and oil and gas terminals as well as ships of all sizes and displacements.

Capable of continuously monitoring over 1,000 sonar contacts simultaneously in real time, PointShield enables rapid detection of underwater threat locations, providing a short- and medium-range tactical picture. Modular with flexible architecture, its sensors can cover any required sector from 0 to 360 degrees. Multiple units can work simultaneously, controlled from a single command and display unit that provides intuitive displays and menus. The system’s open architecture supports the easy interface with any sensor and command & control system, according to DSIT. 

Lightweight, compact and portable, PointShield can be rapidly deployed and easily moved between sites. Especially robust, it is designed for long-term operation, 24/7/365, in all weather and water conditions. The system can be easily installed using seabed, pier, tripod, mooring pile and other methods. Providing fully automatic detection, tracking, classification and alerts, PointShield can be operated by security personnel with no special knowledge of sonar systems. For this reason, and due to its minimal maintenance requirements, the system has a very low cost of ownership, the company said. 

Hanan Marom, DSIT’s VP Business Development and Marketing said, "We are proud that after an extensive and rigorous testing process, the customer chose to purchase our product, which demonstrated performance superior to all other systems tested. The PointShield system, like all DSIT systems, delivers a high level of precision and reliability, with a minimum false alarm rate, due to the smart built-in algorithms. Our systems consistently meet global customer needs for advanced underwater threat detection. About 100 systems of this type are in use around the world."

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