11
Aug

news

China publishes AIS Data for free

A couple of month ago, China MSA (China Maritime Safety Administration) has launched a national AIS portal. The platform also integrates port information, tides forecast and meteorological information.

You can get acces to it by using this link: China MSA AIS

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China MSA says that they have established the world’s largest shore-based AIS network, with more than 400 AIS stations.

07
Aug

news

Spacequest offers AIS datastream via DataX

SpaceQuest distributes real-time, streaming satellite AIS data online through the DataStreamX data marketplace.

DataStreamX was founded by Mike Davie, a man who has been leading the commercialisation of disruptive mobile technology and ICT infrastructure for a decade with leading global technology firms in Asia, Middle East and North America.

DataStreamX’s platform enables data sellers to stream their data to global buyers across various industries in real time, multiplying their data revenue without having to invest in costly infrastructure and sales teams.

09
Jun

news

Exact Earth plans to put AIS payloads on Iridium constellation

Exact Earth has announced to put AIS payloads on the next Generation of the Iridium Satellite constellation.

The satellites will be built and deployed by Iridium Communications, with the first one to be launched in March 2016. The full constellation of communications satellites, known as Iridium Next, is scheduled to be in orbit by 2018 at a cost of $3 billion US.

Copyright Exact Earth

Exact Earth representative thinks that the Iridium satellite constellation will make the information available immediately. At the moment satellite AIS has always a time delay up to 2-3 hours.

“We will have real time capability everywhere on the globe with no delay,” Mabson said. “With this system it is literally continuous coverage.”

So, the battle between Orbcomm and Exact Earth continues. With this smart move Exact Earth could be the winner of this race between the Canadian and the US company.

07
Feb

news

US Coast Guard to test AIS Aids to Navigation (ATON)

The United States Coast Guards anounced to start with an official test of Automatic Identification System (AIS) Aids to Navigation (ATON). In the near future the USCG will start transmitting AIS ATON signals for evaluation purposes at selected locations.

With the majority of vessels being equipped with AIS receivers, AIS ATONs are a good way to extend the existing network of physical ATONs and to improve visibility aof ATONs especially in low visibility situations.

However, with the recent news about possible vulnerabilities of the AIS standard in mind, the reliability of AIS based ATON has to be questioned. In this context, especially the use of virtual AIS ATONs without the relation to any physical counterpart seems inappropriate.
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23
Jan

news

Future Trends in AIS Ship Tracking

Portvision, the Huston, TX, based provider of AIS data and ship tracking solutions, has released their prediction of the top 10 trends in the AIS business for 2014. Their top 3 trends are:

  1. Improving real-time visibility and decision-making
  2. Improving marine terminal efficiencies
  3. Handling the flood of waterway traffic hitting the U.S. Gulf Coast

Being a US based company with a string background in port/terminal/waterway management, their trends are slightly biased to their core market. The list is missing hot topics like global illegal fishery law enforcement and global waterway security. Nonetheless the list shows the general trend away from the dots on a map to more intelligent and integrated AIS products and solutions.

Find the complete list of the top 10 trends after the jump.
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06
Jan

news

Satellite AIS show icebreakers stuck in Antarctica

Exact Earth has published an impressive overview of the events happening in Antarctica around the research and cruise vessel Akademik Shokalskiy. On 25th of december the russian vessel got stuck in the thick ice in Commonwealth-bay. The Chinese icebreaker Xue Long which came for assistance got also stuck only 6 nautical miles from the Akademik Shokalskiy. ExactEarth’s space-based AIS (Automatic Identification System) detection technology enables to keep track of vessels all around the globe, even the arctic regions.
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18
Dec

news

Maritime Security Market Worth $19.48 Billion by 2018

According to market research company MarketsandMarkets, vessel security will lead the maritime security market in 2018. The maritime security market is worth $12.55 billion in 2013 and is estimated to grow to $19.48 Billion in 2018.

Within the market the vessel security remains the segment largest segment. This segment is backed by surveillance and tracking technologies like the Automatic Identification System (AIS) and Long-Range Identification and Tracking (LRIT). However, other segments like smart container solutions and scanning and screening systems will gain significance until 2018.
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17
Dec

news

Geroge Best (ORBCOMMM) @ AIS SUMMIT 2013

George Best from ORBCOMMM talks about “ORBCOMM’s Satellite AIS with M2M” at AIS Summit 2013.
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25
Nov

news

ExactEarth: New satellite launched

On Thursday 21 November, ExactEarth sucessfully added one more satellite to their fleet. This will be the sixth satellite contributing to the ExactEarth satellite based AIS data stream.

The satellite was part of a record breaking payload of in total 32 satellites which got lifted into space by a Dnepr rocket out of Yasny, Russia.

A video of the spectacular launch can be found after the break.
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11
Nov

news

Charles Riley (ShipTracks) @ AIS Summit 2013

Charles Riley from ShipTracks talks about “AIS Critical Systems Integration” at AIS Summit 2013.
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