Ten AIS technology myths busted

Ten AIS technology myths busted

Ten AIS technology myths busted

by 1 May 2017

Lloyd’s List Intelligence AIS experts take a look at the truth behind the myths surrounding the vessel tracking technology.

It is time to set the record straight about AIS — what it is, what it is not, and whether it can deliver a full or reliable picture of global vessel movements. Here are some of the common myths around AIS, and the realities behind them:

 

  1. AIS was designed for vessel tracking
  2. AIS is the same as GPS
  3. AIS can pick up any vessel, anywhere
  4. The addition of satellite AIS must mean I can see all vessels, all of the time
  5. AIS accurately shows one vessel, with one signal
  6. An AIS network should have 100% coverage of the global fleet at all times
  7. “Going dark” means the vessel is acting illicitly
  8. AIS is a true indication of a vessel’s position
  9. AIS provides constant information on cargo and vessel draft
  10. AIS is the only way to view global fleet movements

Read the responses of Llyod’s AIS experts in the original article published by Lloyd’s List

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