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.

There are many reasons to be excited about this new constellation including the capabilities to sense across the whole maritime radio frequency band, through to the instantaneous payload re-programming capabilities, but forefront in our minds right now is the delivery for the first time of a continuous, global, real-time ship tracking capability.

These satellites will carry specific advanced AIS sensors which when coupled with our patented world-leading detection technology will continue to deliver by far the quickest complete picture of ship movements.  Today, our advanced AIS satellites detect more ships in a single pass, enabling exactEarth to complete your maritime picture faster than any other provider. However, with a final constellation of 58 satellites in 2018 this complete picture of the maritime domain will be real-time and continuous across the whole globe.  Gone will be the days of waiting for a satellite pass as every square meter of the globe will be constantly in view of a satellite and with all the satellites linked by high-speed communication links the collected data will always have a direct and instant route to the ground.  The result is a new paradigm in maritime monitoring: global, continuous, persistent and real-time ship tracking.



Maritime authorities around the globe face critical operational decisions every day for protecting their waters, their borders and their people. Considering the magnitude of these decisions, authorities rely on the precision of their data and also the speed in which it's received. Real-time AIS data will allow decision-makers  to  respond faster to incidents in their maritime domain  but also provides information of sufficient detail to allow proactive analysis of emerging situations  to provide early-warnings and mitigation of potential maritime disasters and incidents..

Also, with the addition of accurate real-time data to the arsenal, operational decisions can be made faster with less need to second guess a vessel’s movements  or corroborate the data with other sources. 

With 58 hosted payloads aboard the Iridium NEXT constellation (check out their cool new video here), we are poised to move into a new stage in our growth and be able to continue to deliver the most accurate vessel movement information but at ever increasing speeds moving our users forward in their abilities to monitor and manage the maritime environment at levels never before possible.

As the world looks with increasing interest and detail at our oceans as a source of food, water, and energy, and grows in importance in terms of trade and border control and security, we look forward to engaging with maritime authorities and custodians in continuing to provide the most comprehensive and relevant information on vessel movements and behaviours.  Exciting times indeed!




Learn more about the exciting new exactView RT system 

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

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