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Technology's Answer to Maritime Piracy. It is a sophisticated software system that provides a non-lethal defense for ships.

  • Stage Product In Development
  • Industry Business Products
  • Location Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Founded January 2011
  • Employees 6
  • Website

Company Summary

International piracy is a $7 billion annual problem. WatchStander, in conjunction with Penn State University, has developed an automated system that uses conventional radar to identify potential aggressors and activate non-lethal countermeasures to disrupt hostile attacks. Target customers are major shipping lines, major oil transporters, and various US Government supply fleets.


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    G Robert Toney

    Founder of Toney Capital Holdings, a marine-related holding company with $15+ million annual sales. Provided financial backing for WatchStander's developement, enabling it to debut in commercial shipping sector. Exerience in ship finance, international vessel foreclosure and maritime legal matters. A frequent Lloyd's forum speaker, Toney is a member of the Southeast Admiralty Law Institute and the Maritime Law Association of the United States.

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    David Andrew Rigsby
    Founder & President

    A military non-lethal perimeter security expert with 30+ years experience providing integrated technology solutions for difficult problems in the area of force protection, perimeter defense, and command and control technology, both in the U.S. and overseas. He has developed a Concept of Operations (CONOPS) for the non-lethal weapons based Area Denial/Force Protection System for the United States Navy.

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    Paul Slater
    Chief Operating Officer

    A leading authority on international project finance and financial advisor to both the maritime and energy industries.
    Commercial Banker, Investment Banker and Principal Investment Manager with corporate and financial restructuring expertise.
    An accomplished public speaker and writer, Paul is a regular contributor to numerous international trade and finance conferences as well as press and television commentary.

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    Mark Fitzgerald
    Senior Vice President

    A retired US Navy Admiral with a distinguished military career. Fitzgerald had operational control over the 1st NATO anti-piracy deployment near Somalia as well as numerous US military deployments to the west coast of Africa. Experience developing tactics and procedures to counter the piracy threat in both the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Guinea.