As part of the global oceanic problem-solving community, we regularly look forward to see what’s coming, and measure success by the possibilities created by current accomplishments in ocean monitoring and sustainability. With the year coming to an end, it’s a great time to pause and celebrate present-day marine technology success, both from exactEarth, and the scientific community worldwide.
exactEarth technology works to enhance the safety and responsibility of maritime shipping and travel across each ocean, lake, and river. In January 2017, we embarked on our greatest feat yet, the first in a series of payload launches designed to cut our S-AIS coverage down from a 30-minute delay to less than one. Our real-time technology started to come online in May, when the first 4 of the second-generation payloads powered up. By early October, exactEarth is operating the single largest S-AIS constellation in Earth’s orbit. Armed with real-time data, authorities will have a leg up when it comes to mitigating environmental risk to our waterways.
Throughout the year exactEarth also announced partnerships with CML Microcircuits, Weatherdock AG, and Alltek Marine to enhance our exactTrax product offering that monitors small vessels across the world's waterways with satellite tracking, a measure that was previously economically prohibitive. exactTrax has been and is currently being trialled across Asia and Africa where authorities are taking steps forward in the battle against illegal fishing.
In October exactEarth Europe Ltd. in partnership with Satellite Applications Catapult, Pole Star Space Applications, TeamSurv and OceanWise, with partial funding from the European Space Agency’s Business Applications, successfully completed a demonstration of A-SeNS that uses AIS, M2M, and IoT technology to dynamically connect data resources on land and on water remotely in areas where other means of communication were cost-prohibitive.
Outside of our offices, the global maritime commerce community was united by Nor-Shipping 2017, June 4-7 in Oslo, Norway, during which international organizations met face-to-face to immerse in the bigger picture of corporate maritime use. From the future of maritime shipping to advanced vessel engineering, the conference and exhibition inspired and awed with possibility: autonomous ships and remote fleet operations are things of the very near future.
It’s a point of pride that maritime technology includes environmental preservation. Ship engineering includes forward-thinking design to continue to reduce maritime travel’s environmental footprint and to observe and protect aquatic ecology as the IMO moves ahead to push maritime-reliant corporations to exceed clean operation expectations. In 2017 alone IMO enforced both the Polar Code and the Ballast Water Management Convention, both of which had to be accounted for years ago for current ships to be properly outfitted. Ship engineering and data technology continue to dependably advance our community’s responsibility to the ecosystem, which is ours to both serve and protect. Happening today is the World Ocean Council’s Sustainable Ocean Summit in Halifax, Nova Scotia. exactEarth is pleased to be part of the tremendous group of summit sponsors.
The ultimate goals of maritime shipping and travel are to conduct business safely, securely, and with respect to the environment. Technology is on a rapid roll to make missing vessels, unexpected collisions, and irreversible ecological damage headlines of the past. 2017 has provided a great deal of support to evaluate and reduce risk on all sides, and the year isn’t quite over yet.