exactEarth Supports the United States Coast Guard with Satellite AIS Data

Cambridge, ON – October 9, 2013– In September 2013, the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Command, Control, and Communications Engineering Center awarded a contract to the Marine Exchange of Alaska (MXAK) to provide exactEarth Satellite AIS data for the USCG Nationwide AIS Program.  The purpose of this contract is for the USCG to obtain Satellite AIS data and maintenance support services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  

This effort entails providing the USCG with Satellite AIS data in near real time, stored and forwarded, and archived from a constellation of multiple satellites that cover the entire Alaska District of the USCG, including the polar region, with AIS collection capability.   The USCG Command, Control and Communications Engineering Center in support of the USCG Nationwide Automatic Identification System (NAIS) program will conduct a project to provide/evaluate Satellite AIS data in USCG District 17 (Alaska).  The Marine Exchange of Alaska currently contracts with exactEarth for Alaska Satellite AIS Data, and will provide the exactEarth data to the USCG in addition to the coastal AIS data for Alaska from over 100 terrestrial AIS receiver sites that it already provides under a separate USCG contract.   The contract period of performance is 12 months.

“We appreciate the opportunity to continue providing Satellite AIS data to the USCG”, stated Chan Smith, Regional Sales Director for exactEarth-USA.  “By providing the data through the Marine Exchange of Alaska (MXAK), we can capitalize on their expertise in providing data for the Nationwide AIS program.  We will also build on the existing agreement to supply Satellite AIS data to authorized users of the MXAK PacTracs system.  We look forward to close collaboration with MXAK and the USCG throughout the next 12 months.”

“In working with exactEarth, it has become evident combining Terrestrial and Satellite AIS data provides both tactical and strategic information that is invaluable to the Coast Guard and other agencies as well as to the entire maritime community in aiding safe, secure, efficient and environmentally sound maritime operations”, stated Captain Ed Page, a retired Coast Guard officer and Executive Director of the MXAK.

About exactEarth

exactEarth, based in Cambridge, Ontario, is a data services company providing the most advanced information on global maritime traffic available today.  Our premium service, exactAIS®, delivers an unrivalled view of the recognized maritime picture at a global scale. Offering fully secure data in a variety of industry standard formats and delivery methods, exactEarth’s data provides real value for a wide range of operational maritime applications delivering operational efficiencies, enhancing security, safeguarding the environment, and assisting in saving lives.  For more information, visit our website at  www.exactearth.com.

About the Marine Exchange of Alaska

The Marine Exchange of Alaska (MXAK) was established in 2000 to bring the far flung Alaska maritime community together with the common goal of providing information, communications and services that aid safe, secure, efficient and environmentally responsible maritime operations. MXAK is applying 21st Century technologies of satellite and Automatic Identification Systems (AIS) to provide valuable safety, navigational and logistics information to the maritime community and to provide a virtual “Safety Net” that also contributes daily to the efficiency of maritime operations. 


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