The future of AIS? What’s coming next?

AIS vessel tracking has been around for more than a decade and in that time has seen rapid advances in both its global reach and the accessibility of the technology. Yet the future of AIS promises that the pace of change will only increase over the next few years thanks to developments both in the … Continued

Asset tracking – is there a role for AIS?

AIS Asset Tracking Asset tracking, also known as asset monitoring, covers everything from a package brought to the door by a postman to monitoring the movements of ships and aircraft. These days almost anything that moves around is tracked one way or another. To meet these diverse needs there is a wide range of asset … Continued

AIS and anti-piracy maritime security

AIS and Anti-Piracy Maritime Security Articles and TV news reports on piracy has dropped off of late, and this is not surprising given that the annual number of pirate attacks is now at its lowest level for 21 years. Attacks off the coasts of east Africa (Somalia in particular) and Southeast Asia have fallen sharply … Continued

AIS and the Internet of Things

It is widely accepted that when the Internet of Things (IoT) finally goes mainstream it will have huge implications for all aspects of commercial life. The maritime sector is likely to be no exception. To reprise on what the Internet of Things (IoT) actually promises, the concept is based on the realisation that almost any … Continued

AIS and security

AIS and Security AIS is a vessel tracking and monitoring system that uses a combination of two, free-to-air communications networks; VHF radio and GPS. Both the position and vessel information is broadcast on the public airwaves and is free to everyone with the capability to receive it. So when it comes to a ship’s AIS … Continued

A brief history of AIS

History of AIS It’s not entirely clear who it was that came up with the first AIS vessel tracking and identification system, but like so much other technology that we take for granted these days, it came out of the introduction of GPS for civilian purposes, which achieved global coverage in the early 1990s. It … Continued

A guide to AIS acronyms

AIS acronyms The global AIS vessel tracking and vessel identification system comes with its own set of technical terms and acronyms. Many people are probably asking “what is AIS” and “what’s live ship tracking”. To the non-professional user these can require time-consuming interpretation and online searches. Below is a cut-out-and-keep guide to those that we … Continued

Satellite AIS – addressing some misconceptions

Two types of AIS:The confusion arises from the fact that while there is a single standard for the transmission of AIS data, there are two very different ways in which the VHF signals can be intercepted and processed. The one which most people are familiar with is the standard, horizontal line-of-sight interception where the signals … Continued

Satellites CAN pick up and relay sea-level AIS transmissions!

Yet for many in the maritime industry, this goes against what they know about the capabilities of AIS. For a long time now, AIS has been understood to be a short range, ground-based, line-of-sight, radio system that works in coastal areas with shore-mounted receivers and between individual vessels at sea. And that is indeed how … Continued

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