An Automatic Identification System [AIS] allows the free electronic exchange of information between all AIS equipped vessels, and between AIS equipped vessels and AIS-enabled systems on the shore.
AIS is used as a vessel identification, safety and tracking system. It can be used as an anti-collision measure and for monitoring, control and surveillance.
National Authorities, NGO's and consultants tasked with choosing an effective, long-term solution for the protection and preservation of Marine Protected Areas [MPAs], local fishing activities and aquaculture are faced with a variety of potential solutions.
Many have already discovered the benefits of employing an Automatic Identification System [AIS], some of which are:
- An internationally standardised method of transmitting information
- Very low or non-existent operating costs
- Global coverage with AIS Satellites
- Easy installation and maintenance
- A significant feature set
- Ease of adoption and multiple benefits perceived by local communities
SeaTraq has written a brief entitled 'An Introduction to AIS and its applications'.
This is available for free download in the link section to the left and by clicking here.
For our Spanish speakers, please click here for the Spanish version entitled 'Introducción al AIS y su aplicación en la administración de AMP'.