Aerospace solutions provider Airbus Defence and Space has upgraded its digital maritime service to detect and track vessels around the globe.
First launched in 2018, the OceanFinder application combines a constellation of optical and radar satellites, combined with real-time global Automatic Identification System (AIS) data to support a range of applications.
The company said the application’s latest updates will allow users to benefit from enhanced imagery and AIS data correlation to identify the precise location of a non-responding vessel in near real-time.
New tools have also been incorporated that would allow vessels’ routes and projected locations to be predicted, based on last position, date, trajectory and speed.
Airbus added that several of the features have been made possible through a multi-year partnership with exactEarth, a provider of satellite-AIS data services. The agreement, which provides OceanFinder with access to exactView RT – exactEarth’s second-generation real-time satellite-AIS data platform – includes all live and archived data.
“Automation and near real-time are the two pillars through which we will provide our customers with the insights they need to make decisions faster, whether for real-time situational awareness, Search and Rescue operations or location and tracking of illegal maritime activities,” François Lombard, Director of the Intelligence Business for Airbus Defence and Space, said.