The world’s oceans cover more than a 70% of the Earth’s surface, and while we know quite a bit about them, rely on them heavily for travel and shipping, and respect their ecological importance, we have yet to truly harness their powers for communication. For all that we have worldwide communications, there are still untapped resources and isolated areas that would benefit from oceanic communication technology. The tides may soon be changing as scientists shore-up surefire ways to integrate communication technology into the fathoms below.
Recently we announced two new product offerings into the exactEarth family- exactEarth ShipView™ and exactAIS Density Maps™. These new tools were built so that customers could see more and do more with our amazing exactAIS® data service.
ShipView was designed entirely with you in mind as great attention from our development team was paid to ensure the new platform performed at an exceptional level. As an eventual replacement to the existing exactAIS Viewer, we kept all the same features that you know and love but also added in tons of handy new tools like the ability to add external layers and download data. Customise away as the ShipView platform accepts map layers or base maps from OGC WMS or Esri Map, Feature, or Tiled Map Services.
We are delighted at exactEarth to see Esri’s efforts to advance the management and use of streaming data feeds into the GIS environment, which traditionally has been dominated by static maps. As a major supplier of near real-time geospatial data for maritime vessels, here at exactEarth we are committed to interoperability of our data with all platforms and as an Esri Business Partner we were closely involved in the ArcGIS® 10.2 GeoEvent™ Processor for Server beta program, working with Esri to ensure our exactAIS® global ship data can be ingested and processed easily by ArcGIS® 10.2 GeoEvent™ Processor for Server.
After my experience tracking my container, mentioned in my last blog, I started thinking about Location Based Services (LBS) in the Maritime World. In the worlds I’ve operated in to date (land-based) LBS is pretty common place – although I do wonder sometimes if we all mean the same thing when we use the term.
I’d like to claim credit for venturing into the Maritime world because I’m so plugged in that I recognised a trend (or wave if you’ll excuse the pun), but actually its mere coincidence! Deep down we probably are aware (or are we?) that the Oceans account for 70% of the earth’s surface and yet we know so little about them, certainly compared with the 30% that is land. I’ve heard it mentioned before that the world’s oceans are the new frontier.