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Networks: Satellite AIS

Satellite AIS Vessel Tracking

AIS Data 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. AIS data 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.

AIS Data: The ORBCOMM Advantage

  1. The Most Comprehensive Global AIS Service
    One-stop shopping for reliable terrestrial and satellite 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 1.8 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:

  • Lower Latency
    With the launch of 16 next generation OG2 satellites and our network of 16 global gateways, ORBCOMM is now processing 28 million messages daily, 86% with an average latency of less than one minute.
  • Increased Detection Rate
    ORBCOMM's OG2 satellites pass over vessels more frequently and for longer periods of time, increasing the probability of detecting a satellite AIS signal.
  • 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.
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5 Reasons to Choose ORBCOMM Terrestrial and Satellite AIS Data

1. The Most Comprehensive AIS Data 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 AIS Data Reliability
Proven reliability in congested waterways, ports and open ocean waters. We process 28 million messages daily from 300,000 AIS transponders, 86% with an average latency of less than one minute.

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 1.8 million subscribers, 700 employees and 100+ patents.

Satellite AIS Resources

AIS: The Largest Paradigm Shift in 150 Years

Satellite AIS is an ubiquitous tool for an ever-increasing array of maritime applications...

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AIS Data Shines Light on Global Fishing Activity

Oceana, Google and SkyTruth launch collaboration to end Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing...

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AIS Protects Lives in High Seas and Altitudes

How AIS is used to help pilots navigate emergency situations over the world's oceans...


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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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“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.”

Julian Longson, Managing Director, Pole Star