July 09, 2024

In 2014 Daronmont assumed responsibility for maintaining surveillance installations on Christmas and Cocos (Keeling) Islands under a contract to Australian Border Force (ABF). ABF wanted an early warning detection system for small marine craft approaching Christmas Island and Cocos (Keeling) Islands. Defence scientists designed and built a prototype surveillance system using COTS hardware and custom software. ABF initially engaged Daronmont to work with Defence to provide software engineering and general support of the system. The support contract initially included the maintenance of the software for Christmas Island. This was expanded to include the Cocos (Keeling) Islands site in late 2014 and support for the remainder of the system hardware and infrastructure over time. In 2019 ABF initiated a significant upgrade of the system under Daronmont’s management. Today, Daronmont continues to support all elements of the system as a vital link in surveilling Australia’s maritime approaches, ensuring real-time detections of every vessel within Australia’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). The relationship between Daronmont and ABF has delivered real benefits to the local economy on each island. Daronmont, based in Adelaide, relies on local contractors and trades personnel to provide onsite support and technical advice as needed.