exactEarth Ltd, a leading provider of Satellite AIS data services, announced the launch of exactView RT powered by Harris—the world's first global, persistent real-time Satellite AIS service. This capability is expected to enable a wide variety of new service capabilities for the global maritime community and to contribute over the next 20 years to the improvement of maritime safety, commerce, navigation, environmental management, and security.
exactView RT consists of a system of more than 60 maritime satellite payloads—designed, built, and operated by Harris Corporation—which are hosted onboard the Iridium NEXT constellation of satellites. These maritime payloads cover the entire maritime VHF radio band and leverage the cross-linked architecture of the global Iridium NEXT satellite constellation to deliver AIS and other vessel-based VHF data services from any vessel, anywhere on the globe, relaying that data securely to customers in real-time. The first four of these real-time maritime payloads are being put into service with the completion of full system deployment expected in 2018.
Initially, the system is tracking more than 250,000 AIS-equipped vessels around the world including Class B AIS device transmissions utilizing exactTrax technology. With the continued growth of the global AIS system, this tracked population is expected to grow to more than one million vessels worldwide in the next decade.