Top 5 Things to Know About exactAIS Density Maps

Posted by Nicole Schill on Sep 29, 2014 10:18:00 AM

There’s a lot of buzz circulating about the latest and greatest product offering from exactEarth- our brand new Density Maps. So we thought it was high time to put together this handy list of the Top 5 Things You Need to Know About Density Maps, here we go:


1)      Density Maps are available with global data as well as data for smaller specific areas.

You can define your Area of Interest and we can provide just the data required or if you want to take a look at the entire world, we’ve got you covered there too. Some of our users map off a specific area like a Marine Protected Area where they want to look into the shipping traffic that has been in and around it.




2)      GIS platforms like Esri ArcMap or QGIS work great for analysing Density Maps

The possibilities are endless for in depth data analysis of a Density Map with GIS platforms like the ones over at Esri or at QGIS. 


3)      Density Map data goes back to 2010.

We’ve been collecting Satellite AIS shipping data since July 2010 in our exactAIS Archive and we’ve been storing it just for you. Whatever your time frame may be, we can go back into our extensive archive and pull out just the data you need for your shipping trend analysis.

4)      Density Maps use ship tracks, not individual points.

We have chosen to use tracks rather than points as they better identify trends for vessel pattern analysis. This way you can see patterns in ship traffic rather than just where the vessels were located when our satellite constellation detected the AIS messages transmitted by the vessel. 

5)      Density Maps data can be categorized by a number of factors.

We can make a Density Map to your specifications, whether it be broken down by vessel type, vessel speed even the ship’s flagged country. We have both pre-generated maps and a customizable option should you need something else.


For more information on our Density Maps, watch our webinar or:

Start Building My Density Map



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