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AIS Data: Advocating for our Oceans with 22 Million Points Per Day

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In May, Reuters reported that authorities in West Africa detained seven Chinese vessels for fishing illegally. In Guinea, Sierra Leone and Guinea-Bissau, inspectors boarded the ships to find violations of regulations relating to catching protected fish and using nets with small holes

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New in Vessel Tracking – Introducing Hali: Terrestrial AIS + Satellite AIS + Satellite M2M

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This week we’re proud to launch our latest innovation delivering small craft safety, security and compliance. An initiative between ORBCOMM, Pole Star and Weatherdock, Hali is a tri-mode Class B AIS transponder that delivers reliable vessel locations to ensure full

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Satellite AIS: The Largest Maritime Paradigm Shift in Over a Century

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Satellite AIS has created possibly the largest paradigm shift in the maritime world since the introduction of the  steam engine and the screw propeller over 100 years ago.  The first six satellites in ORBCOMM’s AIS-enabled constellation were launched for the US

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AIS Data Shines a Light on Global Commercial Fishing Activity

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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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AIS Augments Big Data for Enhanced Maritime Surveillance: Making Waves at GEOINT 2016

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GEOINT 2016 was a fantastic geospatial data focused three days hosted by the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF). With more than 260 exhibitors, the show paired the interests of government and commercial stakeholders, highlighting emerging geospatial technologies and solutions. Whether

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Mandatory AIS for All Vessels?

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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

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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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How AIS is Used to Save Lives and Improve Maritime Safety

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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’

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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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Charting the Course for AIS and Big Data

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I recently had the opportunity to attend the AIS Summit in Hamburg, Germany and I made some interesting observations about this maritime technology. Automatic Identification System (AIS) may have been originally designed for collision avoidance but of the over twenty

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