exactEarth and Harris Corporation form strategic alliance to provide real-time global maritime tracking and information solutions
Satellite Automatic Identification System (AIS) data services provider exactEarth Ltd.and space, geospatial and remote sensing solutions company Harris Corporation have formed an alliance to provide a new level of AIS data service that will deliver real-time global coverage for maritime vessel tracking.
The new service will leverage the persistent global coverage and real-time connectivity
of the Iridium NEXT constellation through the implementation of 58 hosted payloads covering the Maritime VHF frequency band.
Compatibility testing of the hosted payload with the Iridium satellites has been completed and the first launch is scheduled for early 2016 with the completed constellation expected in 2017. With revisit times and latency under one minute, the service expansion represents a leap forward in the ability for both Harris and exactEarth to offer global ship tracking and maritime information solutions.
The alliance leverages exactEarth’s patented signal de-collision detection technology and Harris’ expertise in satellite hosted payloads, advanced radio frequency technology
and antenna solutions
. Harris becomes the exclusive provider to the U.S. government of AIS products and services produced under the alliance, including exactEarth’s exactAIS product portfolio, while exactEarth continues to serve all other global markets.