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MAR 2017

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Page 19 of 68 March 2017 / st 19 onboard C&C systems. The U.S. Navy's experimental autonomous warship Sea Hunter already uses AIS as a core sys- tem for position •xing and collision avoidance, and when real-time AIS goes live, that onboard role is bound to expand. Commercial developers of autonomous vessels are likely to draw conclusions similar to those of the U.S. Navy and seek to optimize AIS for the new, robotic world. With luck, a future that offers a new, more accurate and more secure AIS will also have bene•ts beyond the im- mediate world of ships and shipping. A cleaner atmosphere could be one of those, as real-time AIS vessel tracking will make a signi•cant contribution to the general move to decarbonization. Better performance management via onshore systems with access to ever larger data sets will deliver greater ef•ciencies and more ef•cient rout- ing, and so lower emissions. The •ght against illegal •shing should also ben- e•t as real-time AIS makes it easier to spot vessels engaged in maneuvers that indicate •shing in areas where they should not be. This will bene•t poorer countries where •shing is important yet the government cannot protect or pa- trol their waters, as well as boost the •ght to manage •sh stocks in a sustain- able way. Even more applications will no doubt be developed as more orga- nizations and businesses •nd ways to apply the new data. Of course, AIS isn't perfect. One major drawback is that any vessel can disable its AIS transmissions at any time if, for some reason, it does not wish to be seen. This means that alternative, dedicated vessel tracking devices will continue to have a vital role to play, particularly when it comes to enforc- ing laws and regulations. There is much work to be done before they can pro- vide a comprehensive and dependable service, but whatever lies ahead, one thing is for sure: For those involved in the development of AIS-based vessel tracking platforms, there are exciting times ahead. ST Here, the user has accessed detailed information on a particular vessel, including a list with dates of its 10 most recent port calls. At the same time, the user is viewing its cur- rent position and trail on the mapping interface. Steve Jones is the founder and chairman of BigOce- anData. He has been involved in the marine tracking and telematics industry in various roles since the mid-1990s. With a strong technical sales background gained in the defense industry, he has played key roles in a number of key asset management companies. He has particularly extensive experience of the com- mercial vessel management and •sheries vessel monitoring industries. Mark Hewish is the man- aging director (MD) of BigOceanData. Before being appointed as MD in 2013, he was the operations director. A seasoned project direc- tor with a background in very large projects in the defense industry, Hewish has been in the ma- rine telematics business since the late 1990s. He has been delivering complex marine asset management business solutions to governments and large organi- zations since then. Kevin Jones is the client services director of Big- OceanData. With more than 15 years' experience in senior sales positions within the vessel ‹eet management industry, he has gained a thorough knowledge of all aspects of marine asset tracking and positioning technolo- gies and has built up a wealth of contacts industry- wide. He has global experience of B2G and large B2B sales; more recently, he has concentrated on selling SaaS solutions to the maritime industry. USA 1.508.291.0057 Clearly Superior Imaging SONAR SYSTEMS SUB-BOTTOM PROFILERS BATHYMETRY SYSTEMS SIDE SCAN SONARS The Leader in Underwater Technology

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