The Satellite Applications Catapult has teamed up with exactEarth to make it easier for UK companies to prototype, demonstrate and take to market new applications that exploit satellite Automatic Identification System (AIS) data.
AIS is an automatic tracking system used on ships that allows for an exchange of information on marine traffic including vessel position, course, speed and identity. It deploys maritime technical standards developed by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). Ships engaged on international voyages over 300 gross tonnage, cargo ships over 500 gross tonnage (whether or not engaged on international voyages), and all passenger ships must be fitted with AIS transponders which combine GPS, VHF and data processing technologies.
Satellite AIS tracking involves detecting signals from sensors on satellites in low earth orbit working in tandem with terrestrial systems, extending the range of vessel detection capabilities and making it possible to build a complete picture of vessel activity in remote parts of the world’s seas and oceans.
Canada and UK based exactEarth is a leading provider of satellite AIS data, with the largest number of high performance real time AIS receivers in orbit. Under the proposal that has been drawn up by exactEarth and the Catapult, customers will be able to receive up to six months’ free access to a limited sample of exactEarth’s global exactAIS® product for prototyping, demonstration and the development of derived products.
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