Automatic Identification System (AIS)
What is Automatic Identification System?
Automatic Identification System is an integral part of the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS). AIS is a tool for transmitting data electronically between a vessel and the AIS receiving station. Data can be transmitted from vessel to vessel, vessel to ashore station or vessel to satellite. And all vessels navigating closely to each other, having AIS integration, can know the course and speed of each other vessel.
AIS had been a compulsory requirement since 2004 for all vessels weighing over 300 tons and travel internationally.