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Satellite AIS: Novel Data Uses and the Year that Was

2016 was a historic year for ORBCOMM’s satellite AIS data business, and started in the glow of the successful launch of our new OG2 satellites, which have continued to improve our industry-leading Automatic Identification System (AIS) service. We’re now able to process

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AIS Data Shines a Light on Global Commercial Fishing Activity

September 15, 2016 marks the beginning of a new era for ocean resource conservation. Oceana, Google and SkyTruth have launched their collaboration to end Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing. Global Fishing Watch is a public platform that identifies fishing vessels and

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Mandatory AIS for All Vessels?

A study was published recently in the magazine Science calling for wider usage of Automatic Identification System (AIS) to track fishing activity. Governments are attempting to manage global fishing resources in a sustainable fashion, but these resources are in fact being

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AIS: New OG2 Satellites Enable Near Real-Time Vessel Monitoring

On December 21, 2015, ORBCOMM launched the second satellite installment of our next generation OG2 constellation. Eyes from all over the world witnessed the historic SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch (and subsequent landing), and the successful placement of 11 additional

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Satellite AIS: Thinking Beyond Collision Avoidance

As we get ready to attend C-Sigma VI in London, I am reminded that we are often asked how satellite AIS fits into ORBCOMM’s portfolio of asset tracking solutions. That is a very good question! For the maritime market and

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How AIS is Used to Save Lives and Improve Maritime Safety

Automatic Identification System (AIS) is a technology that has been adopted by vessels for collision avoidance. Broadcasted AIS messages are captured by other vessels, satellites or terrestrial-based radios, and this location and course information can be mapped and used to

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ORBCOMM Partner Portvision Wins ‘Best Satellite AIS Solution’

As part of the ‘2015 Annual Airport, Seaport, Border Security Awards’, Government Security News recognized companies for their scientific achievements and dedication to homeland security, and the Portvision AIS service once again stood out above the competition. Unlike traditional VTS

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Satellite AIS, Big Data & Geospatial Intelligence: Looking Back at GEOINT 2015

After three days of exhibits, sessions and discussions, GEOINT 2015 is now behind us. Put on by the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF), this was truly an event that highlighted all of the latest commercial geospatial capabilities available today

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Maritime Domain Awareness: Turning Data into Action with Satellite AIS

Thanks to the launch of a number of commercial and unclassified earth observation and sensor satellites over the last few years, coupled with the advancement of software and data analytics to work with the data they collect, the use of

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AIS, Maritime Risk-Management and Ebola

AIS (Automatic Identification System) was first developed as a means to provide collision avoidance between nearby vessels. Any vessel larger than a certain size is required to transmit information such as speed, direction and position in order to provide situational awareness

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