Orbcomm, exactEarth report increased satellite-AIS revenue, target larger small-vessel market

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — Two companies offering satellite-based AIS tracking of maritime traffic reported revenue and said the market is about to expand — perhaps quadrupling in size — with new sensors capturing smaller vessels including leisure craft fitted with lower-cost transponders.

The companies, Orbcomm Inc. and exactEarth Ltd., are far from the only ones providing commercial satellite Automatic Identification System (AIS) data to corporate and government customers. But they are the only two publicly traded for which satellite AIS is a large enough piece of the business to feature in their . . .

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