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Satellite AIS: Unmatched Global Coverage

AIS Ship Tracking for Improved Navigation and Maritime Safety

Satellite AIS (Automatic Identification System) is a vessel identification system that is used for collision avoidance, identification and location information. AIS ship tracking is also used for maritime domain awareness, search and rescue, environmental monitoring and maritime intelligence applications.

Satellite AIS (S-AIS) tracks the location of vessels in the most remote areas of the world, especially over open oceans and beyond the reach of terrestrial-based AIS monitoring systems.

Satellite AIS from the Leading Provider

ORBCOMM’s unique satellite AIS data service overcomes the limitations of terrestrial-based systems by cost-effectively tracking vessels well beyond coastal regions, often in near real-time. We were the first commercial satellite network with AIS data services and are now tracking over 150,000 vessels daily for over 100 customers in a variety of government and commercial organizations.

By partnering with some of the most trusted maritime information providers in the world, in addition to its own satellite monitoring capability, ORBCOMM offers the most complete situational picture of global vessel activity available today.

ORBCOMM OG2: A Game Changer for Satellite AIS

The launch of ORBCOMM’s next generation, AIS-equipped OG2 satellites opens up even greater possibilities for AIS ship tracking, namely:

Lower Latency

With the launch of 16 next generation OG2 satellites and ORBCOMM’s existing network of 16 ground stations, AIS data latency for some areas is expected to be as low as one minute for detected vessels, enabling advanced alerting and reporting features.

Increased Detection Rate

ORBCOMM's OG2 satellites pass over vessels more frequently and for longer periods of time, increasing the probability of detecting an AIS signal.


Since AIS is just one of the services offered by the ORBCOMM satellite constellation, we are able to offer more flexibility in our plans and services compared to other satellite AIS providers.