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What Do We Mean by "Real-Time"?

Posted by Philip Miller on Jul 18, 2016 1:11:00 PM

One of the really cool things about exactViewRT powered by Harris is that it is a “Real-Time” system.  You might wonder what we mean by this and how it is accomplished. The best way to think about what we mean is to think of how the Internet works.

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Topics: Satellite AIS, real-ime Satellite AIS, exactView RT

Blazing a Path to Continuous Real-Time Global Ship Tracking

Posted by Graham Stickler on Jul 12, 2016 9:54:05 AM

We’re very excited at exactEarth as the countdown to the launch of our 2nd generation satellite constellation, exactViewRT powered by Harris, draws ever closer. Our maritime-focused payloads have now been delivered for installation on the first batch of the Iridium Next satellites, and we eagerly await confirmation of the first launch date later this summer.

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Topics: Satellite AIS, AIS, Satellite AIS data, Maritime Domain Awareness, Satellite AIS Vessel Tracking, data quality

US Raises Privacy Concerns Around AIS

Posted by Peggy Browning on Sep 29, 2015 11:31:31 AM

A recent lawsuit filed in the U.S. by the Electronic Privacy Information Center against the U.S. Coast Guard and Department of Homeland Security has sparked debate over the intrusiveness of AIS into personal privacy. The Nationwide Automatic Identification System used by the USCG and DHS collects, integrates and analyses information concerning vessels operation in waters subject to US jurisdiction. The complaints arise around the idea that AIS goes far beyond the collision avoidance mandate it was put in place for and instead collects personal information about boaters that is then shared between a variety of parties outside of just the Coast Guard.

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Topics: AIS

Catching Up with Deadliest Catch

Posted by Nicole Schill on Aug 13, 2015 10:30:06 AM

Summers in Canada conjure up images of sitting out on the dock of the bay, fishing pole cast into a serene lake while off in the distance a loon lets out its distinct call.

Over on the Discovery Channel, they are reminding us that all sorts of fishing activity is happening in some not so serene places. Deadliest Catch (airing Tuesday nights at 10 p.m.) follows the crews of fishing vessels in the Bering Sea during the Alaskan crab seasons. After a couple episodes you will quickly discover where the show gets its title when you see the high level of risk for the crew aboard these boats. Huge rogue waves and frigid waters combined with massive industrial fishing equipment being hurled around at breakneck speed makes for some extreme TV.

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Topics: AIS, tracking fishing boats, fishing

Should I Track Global Fishing Activity with VMS or AIS?

Posted by Nicole Schill on Aug 4, 2015 2:12:53 PM

 

The battle of the fishing boat monitoring acronyms rears its head yet again. Here at exactEarth we're asked often about how AIS compares to VMS and why to use one system over the other. We believe that although the systems are different, they can be quite complementary.

As the global illegal fishing crisis intensifies, it's important to look for the best tracking and monitoring system possible.

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Topics: Satellite AIS, AIS, Satellite AIS data, Vessel Monitoring, Illegal Fishing, Satellite AIS Vessel Tracking, Satellite AIS Tracking, AIS Vessel Tracking,, VMS, tracking fishing boats, Vessel Monitoring System

Satellite AIS Just Got Real

Posted by Nicole Schill on Jul 6, 2015 1:36:00 PM


In case you missed our big announcement, we wanted to fill you in.

exactEarth and Harris Corporation have partnered up to bring to you real-time Satellite AIS. That's right, real-time global ship tracking from space will soon be a reality. Through the new partnership, we're able to hitch a ride on 58 hosted payloads of the Iridium NEXT constellation.

These satellites are networked together with crosslinks and are in constant communication with multiple ground stations. This means you receive AIS data in real time!

We're all about taking giant strides forward to expand our services and the system that powers them. That's why we're also really excited about the 2 planned satellite launches in the fall of 2015, including an equatorial satellite that will significantly lower the current revisit times.

Satellite AIS is changing forever - Take a look at our latest infographic to learn more about our present system with a glimpse into the future as well with exactView RT!!


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Topics: Satellite AIS, AIS, Satellite AIS data, Maritime Domain Awareness, Satellite AIS Vessel Tracking

The Dirty Truth About Ballast Water Exchange

Posted by Nicole Schill on May 27, 2015 9:49:29 AM


The inadvertent transfer of harmful aquatic organisms in a vessel’s ballast water has been determined to have caused a significant adverse impact to many of the world’s coastal regions. Ballast water discharge typically contains a variety of biological materials, including plants, animals, viruses, and bacteria that can cause extensive ecological and economic damage to aquatic ecosystems.

The international maritime community, with the support of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has developed several new regulations to help prevent the introduction of unwanted organisms. However, competent maritime authorities have a very limited capability to monitor vessel’s compliance to this rule. Without Satellite AIS data, authorities are often left with little to no information to link a probable culprit to the incident.

We've put together an infographic that illustrates the impacts of ballast water discharge and why it's so important to monitor vessels' compliance to ballast water exchange in the designated areas for marine environment protection.
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Topics: Ballast Water Exchange, ocean environment, marine environment

The Filthy Facts About Shipping Pollution

Posted by Nicole Schill on May 19, 2015 1:26:16 PM


Our oceans are regularly victim to pollution caused by oil slicks and the dumping of rubbish resulting from accidents and illegal activities. Nearly half of the pollution at sea is caused by ships’ accidental or deliberate discharge of crude oil and other refined products.

Combining these traditional pollutants with the atmospheric effects of shipping emissions, vessels have a globally substantial impact on our ocean environment.

What role can Satellite AIS play in monitoring these pollution incidents or even better, preventing them from happening?

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Topics: Satellite AIS, Environmental Protection, Satellite AIS data, Ocean, Satellite AIS Vessel Tracking, Satellite AIS Tracking, AIS Vessel Tracking,, preserving oceans, ocean environment, protecting oceans, marine environment, ocean protection

Vessel Monitoring for Whale Ship Strike Risk

Posted by Nicole Schill on May 6, 2015 9:08:00 AM

Many species of whales and dolphins are vulnerable to collisions with vessels that can sustain serious damage to the ship and also injure or kill the animal. There is no universal solution to the problem of ship strikes but clearly the most effective way to reduce collision risk is to keep whales and ships apart. And that's exactly what the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is trying to do.

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Topics: Satellite AIS, AIS, Environmental Protection, Marine Mammology, Satellite AIS Vessel Tracking, Satellite AIS Tracking, ship strike risk, ship strike, whales

Fighting the Impacts of Global Shipping on our Oceans

Posted by Nicole Schill on Apr 22, 2015 9:20:00 AM

90% of world trade is carried across our oceans by over 150,000 ships.

Without ships the import and export of goods on the scale necessary for the modern world would not be possible. According to the International Chamber of Shipping there are over 50,000 merchant ships trading internationally, transporting every kind of cargo. The ebb and flow of goods in the world market mirrors the waves of the very waterways delivering them. But what does this increase in activity mean to the health of one of our greatest resources?

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Topics: Ballast Water Exchange, Environmental Protection, Marine Protected Areas, Mapping Oceans, Ship Tracking, Ocean, Vessel Monitoring, shipping data, Ship Monitoring, preserving oceans, ocean environment, protecting oceans, marine environment, ocean protection

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