AIS (Automatic Identification System)

Operating in the VHF maritime band, the AIS (Automatic Identification System) system enables the wireless exchange of navigation status between vessels and shore-side traffic monitoring centres. Commercial ships, ocean-going vessels and recreational boats equipped with AIS transceivers broadcast AIS messages that include the vessel’s name, course, speed and current navigation status.
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RAYMARINE

Fitting an AIS transceiver ensures that you are seen by other AIS equipped vessels. Raymarine offers three types of AIS products:

RECEIVE-ONLY AIS

  • Inexpensive and low-powered

  • Receive and see other vessels Class A and Class B data on Raymarine MFD radar and/or chartplotter

CLASS A AIS

  • Required for IMO/SOLAS commercial vessels

  • Class A transmits and receives the full set of AIS information

CLASS B AIS

  • For small commercial vessels and pleasure vessels that do not need to comply with IMO/SOLAS regulations

  • Transmits shortened/simplified AIS information at a slightly less frequent rate than Class A

  • Less AIS functionality than Class A

  • Uses lower transmission power

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ICOM

Icom has the broadest range of high quality radio equipment of any manufacturer including marine, air band, UHF CB, commercial land mobile, amateur and receivers.

FURUNO
  • Less AIS functionality than Class A

  • Uses lower transmission power

  • Class A AIS Transponder

  • Clear 4.3" color display

  • Displays information about the AIS-equipped ships, as well as, coastal stations and Aids to Navigations within VHF coverage

  • Outputs AIS data to ECDIS, radar and other navigational equipment for collision avoidance support

  • Sufficient output ports for dual configuration of ECDIS and radar system

  • LAN interface available for efficient network integration into a bridge system

  • BAM (Bridge Alert Management) ready

  • Receives AIS-SART signals for assisting in streamlining SAR activities