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What is AIS?

What is AIS?

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One of the most important safety features and fastest growth areas in marine Navigation is AIS - Automatic Identification System. This collision avoidance technology is particularly valuable to boaters who regularly travel or fish in busy waterways or near major shipping routes. Having an operating AIS transponder onboard will turn your boat into a visible radio beacon indicating your speed, course and identity to other AIS equipped vessels or base stations. An AIS receiver will allow you to track other AIS traffic in the area and identify ‘Aids to Navigation’ (AtoN) even when not visible by sight. You’ll no longer be inhibited by limitations like ‘in line-of-site’ radar. Unlike radar, AIS allows you to ‘see’ other AIS equipped craft behind obstructions like islands and land masses or hidden behind another vessel, and is equally effective in fog or darkness. AIS information is displayed on dedicated AIS screens or AIS compatible Chartplotters. 

AIS Transceivers:
AIS transceivers sometimes referred to as transponders automatically receives both static and dynamic data from other AIS equipped vessels, base stations and AtoN. At the same time your own vessels name, course, speed and much more is broadcast to all boats and base stations within range. All vessels over 300 gross tonnes and smaller passenger ships are required to have a Class A AIS transceiver fitted under Solas and GMDSS regulations. 

AIS receivers:
AIS receivers collect the transmissions from AIS transceivers, base stations and aids to navigation displaying them on compatible chartplotters or dedicated displays. An AIS receiver does not transmit information about your vessel and is used to provide you with situational awareness of other traffic and hazards in the area. 

AIS Base Stations:
AIS Base stations which are situated along the coast line and harbours are used to monitor traffic and enable ship to shore and shore to ship information.
Aids to Navigation (AtoN):
Aids to Navigation are transceivers mounted to buoys or other shipping hazards which continually transmit details of their ID and GPS location to AIS receivers. Dynamic data like weather, water temperature and current are also available from some AtoN.

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