Networks: Satellite AIS

Satellite AIS

Satellite-Based AIS Services 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. Satellite AIS 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-only AIS systems.

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

Satellite AIS Q&A: Maritime IoT Leadership Series

Watch the full Satellite AIS Q&A with Andrew Loretta, ORBCOMM Senior Director of Maritime Business Development

Satellite AIS: The ORBCOMM Advantage

  1. The Most Comprehensive Global AIS Service
    One-stop shopping for reliable satellite and terrestrial AIS data.

  2. Committed to Helping our Partners
    We don’t compete with our partners. We enable them to succeed.

  3. Established and Financially Stable
    A publicly-traded AIS technology pioneer with over 2 million subscribers.

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ORBCOMM AIS data services combines multiple sources for maximum coverage.

ORBCOMM OG2: A Game Changer for Satellite AIS

The launch of ORBCOMM’s next generation, AIS-equipped OG2 satellites opened up even greater possibilities for satellite AIS data, namely:

  • Proven
    With the launch of next generation OG2 satellites and our network of 16 global gateways, along with the widest source of global terrestrial AIS data, ORBCOMM is now processing 30 million messages daily, from over 240,000 unique vessels.
  • Established Performance Benchmarks
    ORBCOMM's OG2 satellite constellation was the first to deliver Satellite AIS data in minutes. Future AIS satellite deployments will continue to provide low latency, higher revisit rates, and better quality AIS data collection per satellite pass. ORBCOMM has and will continue to be committed to providing high quality satellite AIS data for the long term.
  • Cost-Effective
    Since satellite AIS is just one of the services offered by the ORBCOMM constellation, we are able to offer more flexibility in our plans and services compared to other satellite AIS providers.


5 Reasons to Choose ORBCOMM Satellite and Terrestrial AIS Data

1. The Most Comprehensive AIS Service
ORBCOMM offers the most complete and cost-effective global AIS coverage, offering a one-stop shop for both terrestrial AIS from leading partners and satellite AIS data from our own constellation.

2. Unmatched Satellite AIS Reliability
Proven reliability in congested waterways, ports and open ocean waters. We process 30 million messages daily, from over 240,000 unique vessels.

3. Robust Space and Ground Infrastructure
ORBCOMM operates a fully populated, AIS-enabled satellite constellation, and 16 gateways around the world with 24/7 operational support.

4. Committed to Our Partners
We don’t compete with our partners—we empower them to succeed. We understand AIS data services and share our knowledge to help our partners enhance their business.

5. A Financially Stable Industry Pioneer
ORBCOMM pioneered space-based AIS technology in 2004 and is still the leader. We are a publicly traded company with over 2 million subscribers, 800 employees and 100+ patents.

“In partnership with ORBCOMM, we are able to deliver a comprehensive, tamper-proof maritime surveillance service to ORBCOMM’s customers, which is essential in ensuring maritime safety and creating a sustainable future for our oceans.”

Clement Galic, CEO and Founder, Unseenlabs

Satellite AIS Resources

Dark Vessel Detection Portecting our Oceans

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Satellite AIS: A Digital Revolution at Sea

Learn all about novel use cases for AIS data, and the game-changing impact of satellite AIS in this new maritime IoT leadership video series.

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The Suez Canal Incident and the Vital Role of AIS Data

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