Industries: Maritime

AIS Data Services

ORBCOMM is the global market leader in terrestrial and satellite AIS (Automatic Identification System) data services, used by ships and vessel traffic services for identification, location information and much more.

Our industry-leading AIS data service delivers the most complete situational picture of global vessel activity by drawing data from both satellite and terrestrial AIS receivers.

Satellite AIS Data Q&A: Maritime IoT Leadership Series

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

AIS Data: The ORBCOMM Advantage

  1. The Most Comprehensive Global AIS Service
    One-stop shopping for reliable satellite and terrestrial AIS data. Widest source of global terrestrial AIS data available.

  2. Easy to Work With
    Flexible APIs and AIS data sets available. No hard upsell on other value-added services.

  3. Committed to Helping our Partners
    We don't compete with our partners. We enable them to succeed.

  4. Established and Financially Stable
    A proven AIS technology pioneer with over 2 million subscribers.

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ORBCOMM AIS data services combines multiple sources for maximum coverage.

AIS Data Applications

AIS data is used mainly for location information and collision avoidance, but is increasingly being used in other novel applications:

  • Enhance Surveillance and Security
    AIS data enables complete vessel visibility and quick reaction to anomalies at sea.
  • Counter Piracy Attacks
    Locate suspicious movements, identify vessels of interest and send alerts of a potential threat.
  • Improve Search and Rescue
    First responders and coast guards trust AIS data for improving maritime safety and global search and rescue.
  • Support Fisheries and Environmental Monitoring
    AIS data provides a full picture of vessel traffic for ocean protection and compliance programs.

5 Reasons to Choose ORBCOMM Satellite and Terrestrial 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 satellite AIS data from our own constellation and terrestrial AIS from leading partners.

2. Unmatched AIS Data 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 proven industry leader with over 2 million subscribers, 800 employees and 100+ patents.

"Using the ORBCOMM AIS data, we have consistent (historical) measurements so that ... we can provide a uniform data layer to researchers that want to study fisheries."

Paul Woods, Chief Technical Officer, SkyTruth

AIS Data Resources

What is AIS?

Learn all about satellite AIS data and its role in digitizing maritime trade supply chains...

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Satellite AIS 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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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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