Until recently, mankind could see only 30 miles from its shores, severely limiting the ability to monitor coastal waters. Imagine, to disappear from the earth you only needed to find a boat and paddle thirty miles from shore.
The inability to monitor these waters and limited government and international resources has resulted in abuses of protected fisheries and exploitation of national economic fishery resources.
The innovation of AIS payloads mounted on micro-satellites now permits global tracking of AIS transmitting vessels.
AIS Messages from Shore
Little had changed since Spain watched Christopher Columbus sail west over the horizon to discover India. Shore based AIS receivers are limited by the curvature of the earth's surface. As a general rule, this means that shore based receivers detect, at most, ships transmitting AIS messages within 30 nautical miles of the shore.
AIS Messages from Space
In 2007, Analyze's partner, SpaceQuest, led by Dino Lorenzini, launched the first satellite with an AIS payload. For the first time in history, mankind could watch a ship after it went over the horizon. The number of AIS messages is revolutionizing what governments, NGOs, private organizations, and you can do to protect the seas.