Security continues to be of paramount importance and with piracy increasingly becoming more of a threat throughout the oceans, clients are investing in anti-attack systems, armored hidden chambers, escape vessels and tracking devices. NATO military equipment and NASA-developed satellite tracking are now being combined to deliver state of the art tracking technology that can detect small objects, such as people, from as far away as one km and quickly relay the information to onboard security personal, the crew or the clients on their smart-phones while the vessel is at sea.
On shore, as vessels are docked, many boats are now installing facial, voice and finger-print recognition technology for all guests and crew members to use as part of the counter intruder systems that prevent unwanted persons to enter the boats.
Adhering to security concerns, submersible powerboats are becoming more popular with the release of the Marion Hyper-Sub. With the capability to reach 40 knots with its hybrid technology, range over 500 nautical miles, tough design and a dive depth of 250m, it is obvious why this vessel is the market leader in its niche. But for us, the most intriguing development in the submersible market is the Virgin Oceanic luxury super-yacht submersible, capable of diving to a depth of 37,000 feet.