IMO (International Maritime Organization) requirements established that, starting in 2004, all SOLAS (Safety-of-Life-At-Sea) international traffic ships of gross registered tonnage equal to or greater than 300 tons must have built-in AIS (Automatic Identification System) mobile stations.
The AIS system provides a means to increase the safety of maritime traffic by way of data transmission flow. It is also a "black box" which stores relevant navigation data that will definitely contribute to clarify the cause of certain problems and, consequently, contribute to their future resolution.
GMV deploys coastal networks of AIS base stations. These systems make it possible to receive, process and distribute the tracking information that the boats transmit through their AIS terminals in accordance with requirements established by the International Marine Organization (IMO).
GMV's solution is comprised of base stations, navigation support devices, ship transmitters and control centers. Its functions include:
- Navigational support: reading of position, speed and direction of the ships; weather data; DGPS corrections; positioning of buoys and other existing navigational supports.
- Monitoring of traffic from the control centers or via Internet.
- Compliance with IMO standards and IALA recommendations.
- GMV is responsible for the deployment of AIS base station coastal networks for Puertos del Estado [government-owned ports] and Ports of the Regional Government of the Canary Islands in Spain as well as for the port authorities of the Azores and Madeira islands in Portugal.