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Satellite AIS: Unmatched Global Coverage

AIS Ship Tracking for Improved Navigation and Maritime Safety

Satellite AIS (Automatic Identification System) is a vessel identification system that is used for collision avoidance, identification and location information. AIS ship tracking is also used for maritime domain awareness, search and rescue, environmental monitoring and maritime intelligence applications.

Satellite AIS (S-AIS) tracks the location of vessels in the most remote areas of the world, especially over open oceans and beyond the reach of terrestrial-based AIS monitoring systems.

Satellite AIS from the Leading Provider

ORBCOMM’s unique satellite AIS data service overcomes the limitations of terrestrial-based systems by cost-effectively tracking vessels well beyond coastal regions, often in near real-time. We were the first commercial satellite network with AIS data services and are now tracking over 150,000 vessels daily for over 100 customers in a variety of government and commercial organizations.

By partnering with some of the most trusted maritime information providers in the world, in addition to its own satellite monitoring capability, ORBCOMM offers the most complete situational picture of global vessel activity available today.

ORBCOMM OG2: A Game Changer for Satellite AIS

The launch of ORBCOMM’s next generation, AIS-equipped OG2 satellites opens up even greater possibilities for AIS ship tracking, namely:

Lower Latency
With the launch of 16 next generation OG2 satellites and ORBCOMM’s existing network of 16 ground stations, AIS data latency for some areas is expected to be as low as one minute for detected vessels, enabling advanced alerting and reporting features.

Increased Detection Rate
ORBCOMM's OG2 satellites pass over vessels more frequently and for longer periods of time, increasing the probability of detecting an AIS signal.

Cost-Effective
Since AIS is just one of the services offered by the ORBCOMM satellite constellation, we are able to offer more flexibility in our plans and services compared to other satellite AIS providers.


“The addition of ORBCOMM’s proven and reliable satellite-based AIS service will enhance our already strong value proposition and commitment to our customers by providing the most complete situational picture of worldwide vessel activity.”

Peter Davies, Chief Technology Officer, Pole Star


Satellite AIS Resources

New OG2 Satellites Enable Near Real-Time Vessel Monitoring

ORBCOMM now operates the largest space-based AIS network, with 18 total AIS-enabled satellites...

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Satellite AIS: Thinking Beyond Collision Avoidance

Satellite AIS provides insight into the whereabouts and status of vessels as they move from one port or terminal to the next.

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The Ins and Outs of AIS Vessel Tracking

If you are new to AIS and want to learn a bit more about this technology and its applications, here's a good primer...


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How Satellite AIS Illuminates Global Fishing Activity

Learn how satellite AIS has evolved from simple collision avoidance and tracking to more novel applications.

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