Automatic Identification System (AIS) is a shipboard broadcast system that transmits a vessel's identification, position and other critical data that can be used to assist in navigation and improve maritime safety.
Most current terrestrial-based AIS systems provide only limited coverage nearby shorelines and are not able to provide global open ocean coverage. ORBCOMM overcomes many of these issues thanks to a fully satellite-based AIS data service, which is able to monitor maritime vessels well beyond coastal regions in a cost-effective and timely fashion.
ORBCOMM was the first commercial satellite network with AIS Data Service.
In 2008, ORBCOMM launched low-earth orbit satellites specially equipped with the capability to collect AIS data, and has plans to include these capabilities on all future satellites for ongoing support of global maritime safety and security initiatives.
ORBCOMM has recently launched two dedicated AIS microsatellites, one in an equatorial orbit and the other in a polar orbit, which allows ORBCOMM to provide complete global AIS coverage. ORBCOMM will be launching 17 additional AIS-equipped next generation satellites beginning in late 2013.
Annual subscription service agreements and user applications for global, regional and filtered satellite AIS data are available to both qualified government and commercial customers. Simply contact ORBCOMM to gain access to global AIS vessel data.
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