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Automatic Identification System

Automatic Identification System (AIS) is a vessel tracking system and was originally developed to help vessels avoid collisions. AIS is installed on a vessel to transmit vessel information as well as receive vessel information from other parties. At its most basic level, AIS sends and receives, via transponder, GPS location, heading, speed, ship identity and other information. This information can be received by other ships, aircraft or base stations. The International Maritime Organization's International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) requires AIS for all international voyaging ships with a gross tonnage of 300 or more and all passenger ships regardless of size. There are two types of AIS transponders, Class A and Class B. Class A transponders are required on all vessels 300 gross tons or more and Class B transponders are for smaller vessels. Class B transponders transmit less information but still maintain identification, position, speed and heading. Although AIS was originally intended for navigation and safety, increasingly, it is being used develop worldwide vessel monitoring and tracking platforms.

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AIS 100

The AIS 100 is a professional-grade, class A AIS transceiver.

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AIS I100 Identifier

The AIS I100 Identifier is a compact, battery powered AIS transceiver that can be deployed on the smallest vessels.

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AMEC CAMINO 108 - Class B

The CAMINO-108 is a class B AIS transponder produced by AMEC and a great choice for its lower price point.

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Simrad V5035

The Simrad V5035 is a Class-A AIS transponder system approved for Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) vessels.

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XB-8000 Class B AIS Transponder

The XB-8000 Class B AIS Transponder is the world's first Class B transponder with WiFi capabilities.

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