An improved satellite tracking and big-data technology is
believed to limit Iranian attempts to smuggle crude oil in ships.
Tricks Iranian ships had used to avoid being detected due to Western sanctions, including switching off their radio signals, will not work under the US improved system, according to a Wall Street Journal's report.
Tel-Aviv-based Windward could earlier understand if the vessel had stopped broadcasting from its radio transmitter, by using machine learning. Ships send wireless automatic identification to help avoid collision. Subsequently, a ship that switches off raises suspicion.
The new US sanctions are set to start Monday, targeting Iran's oil sector in an attempt to force the mullah regime to end its pursuit of nuclear weapons and its support of terrorism.