The use of the AIS in Academic Research

The Automatic Identification System (AIS) broadcasts high-speed, automatic and granular information from the activity of vessels at sea. It is a Very High Frequency (VHF) radio broadcasting system that enables AIS equipped vessels and shore-based stations to send and receive identifying information.

Over time, and since the regulation of its use on board vessels, the AIS has proved to improve safety navigation. It also provides a global picture of vessel motorways which can be accessed daily by the industry, governments, maritime authorities and a large community of people connected to the sea and the crew of vessels.

Awareness of the existence of the AIS, the IoT and broadcasted details, among others, from the logistic chain of goods, has led to the continuous growth of a global network of Academics and Researchers dedicated to knowledge and innovation.

Indeed, Partner Academic and Research Institutions cover a wide range of application areas to address a private and public interest on marine and maritime intelligence. Among others, and in addition to market research and the analysis of competition, a growing list of publications and reports, display descriptive and predictive analytics applied towards the efficient, transparent and green operations at sea (and in ports). Moreover, collision risks and environmental pressure modelling (air emissions, underwater noise, oil spills, migration route alterations, introduction of sea-region alien species) and the design of interactive systems to support social, economic, environmental and policy information needs are also commonly seen. At last, and without the intention of covering the overarching community interests within this post, radio propagation channel techniques, are also commonly studied to explore the AIS and the combined monitoring capabilities (TER-AIS, SAT-AIS, VMS and LRIT) on ship traffic detection and the safe navigation of Underwater Autonomous Vehicles (UAV).

Indeed, AIS-based research and the advance of science in many of the areas above, clearly allow unprecedented opportunities to a better understanding and the improvement of the blue territory and shipping.

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