New Opportunity from the CSA – RFI for a Space-Based Automated Identification System

csaPublic Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC), on behalf of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), has released a new Request for Information for Space-Based Automated Identification System (SB-AIS) data services.

The RFI deadline is March 16, 2015.


The Automated Identification System (AIS) is an automatic Very High Frequency (VHF) broadcast capability used by ships and Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) primarily for collision avoidance. The types of information available include: ship identification, tonnage, position, destination, course and speed. The International Maritime Organization (IMO)’s International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) requires AIS equipment to be fitted aboard all internationally voyaging ships with gross tonnage of 300 tons or more. Collecting AIS data from space overcomes range limitations inherent in traditional terrestrial AIS. As a result, SB-AIS has become an increasingly important tool for Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) for the Government of Canada (GoC).

The Government of Canada has a requirement for SB-AIS data services for near-real-time monitoring of global maritime traffic that can also be queried for historical tracking purposes. These services will support the operational needs of numerous government departments, as well as Research and Development (R&D) activities.

Full details available here.

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