LuxSpace finalises contract on AIS user requirements
LuxSpace has finalised a contract to evaluate European user requirements related to satellite AISLuxSpace, under the primeship of FFI of Norway and together with other partners from Norway and Greece has recently finalised an ESA funded study on the evaluation of European user requirements related to space borne AIS.
This project, which was carried out over nine months time in 2008 and 2009 included interviews and discussions with more then 100 possible future users of AIS data and services from the public and private sector across Europe.
LuxSpace was in charge of the requirements capture in central Europe as well as for the definition of a data policy. In addition, LuxSpace supported the team for the service definition based on its current activities in the distribution and value-add related to its existing satellite AIS distribution activities.
“During the interview phase, many users showed already a very high interest in satellite AIS and we are confident that this is a prospective emerging market” underlined Jochen Harms, managing director at LuxSpace.
LuxSpace is a Space System and Applications company, located at the Grand Duché of Luxembourg. LuxSpace is currently involved in various AIS related technology and application projects for EU, ESA and other clients. Moreover, LuxSpace is distribution partner of Orbcomm AIS satellite data to European customers.
AIS, or the “Automatic Identification System” is a technology embarked on all vessels above 299 GRT, which is used as anti-collision system. Many coastal countries have established shore based receiving stations to monitor the vessel traffic. However, the reach of these stations is limited to more or less 100 nautical miles.
Satellite AIS is a new emerging technology that provides a cost effective solution for monitoring vessel traffic and the individual positions of ships around the world. Such vessel monitoring information is of particular interest of ship owners and port authorities but raises also expectations to be useful for supporting maritime policy and the creation of maritime awareness information.
Satellite AIS is considered as an add-on to the coastal stations that extends the vessel monitoring capability for safety and security aspects to a global scale for both the institutional and private sector.