BAE Systems has received a new deal from DARPA to develop a cloud-based machine analytics as a service tool, the company said Tuesday.

Under DARPA’s Geospatial Cloud Analytics program, BAE Systems is tasked with delivering a multi-intelligence analytics “as a service” tool that is able to provide continuous worldwide situational awareness capabilities. 

“This new technology model seeks to provide an automated service that aims to leverage commercial and open source data, including satellite imagery, to deliver continuous worldwide situational awareness for a diverse range of challenges, including anomaly detection and prediction,” the company wrote in a statement.

The program will leverage BAE Systems FAST Labs’ Multi-INT Analytics for Pattern Learning and Exploitation (MAPLE) technology.

“Our technology can be used across a number of domains and can be leveraged in the cloud, making it an extremely flexible and easily scalable solution that provides operators with worldwide vigilance,” the company wrote. “Our goal is to automate analytics in a new way so that we can take the incredible capabilities of machine learning to discover nuanced patterns in both sparse and large data volumes to solve extremely complicated problems that could threaten our nation’s security.”

For development purposes, BAE Systems said DARPA will look to prove out MAPLE as a Service by applying the technology toward automatically detecting vessels engaged in illegal fishing.

“This approach seeks to apply automated analytics to a problem, freeing operators to query the data to answer specific questions about important mission issues at hand while removing the traditional need to conduct extensive manual analysis,” the company wrote.