"exactAIS Archive represents the most complete record of Satellite AIS vessel movements on a global scale as a direct result of our long and continuous operational capability. With access to this Archive, customers can exploit the rich exactAIS data set to gain improved historical insight and knowledge for their maritime areas of interest." - David Martin, VP Product Management
exactEarth has been collecting operational AIS data from the exactAIS® service since July 2010. All of this data is stored in an archive at our Toronto-based Data Processing Centre.
Customers may now purchase this historical data, which includes all AIS messages processed by the exactAIS service dating from July 5, 2010 up to 30 days prior to the current date and time.
An example of tracking a cruise ship for nine weeks, using archived data: (if your browser is not displaying the image, please check your settings)
- Allows for comprehensive vessel tracking on a global scale
- Provides a basis for analysis of global ship movements
- Validation of a ship’s log
- exactAIS Archive data can establish patterns of vessel behaviour allowing for prosecution of illegal movements or actions e.g. illegal discharging, encroachment into protected areas
- The ability to see vessel traffic patterns as well as seasonal traffic changes provides critical information for planning and decision-making to allow authorities to establish the safest routes preventing the risk of accident
- Archive data can aid in anti-piracy operations by identifying suspicious vessel behaviour or deviations in course
- The exactAIS archive allows for in depth analysis into Marine Protected Area violations improving efforts in environmental protection
- Archive data allows authorities to create improved ship modeling for behaviour prediction reducing the risk of incident if a vessel strays off course