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Partnership agreement for exactEarth and VesselTracker

VesselTracker GmbH, a provider of global coastal AIS data and maritime information, has agreed a partnership deal with space-AIS company exactEarth, under which VesselTracker will market services deploying exactAIS satellite data into the global commercial applications market through its web services platform.

VesselTracker's current customers include Port Authorities, fleet management operators, insurance companies and ship brokers. The new deal will enable VesselTracker to globalise its service and provide visibility into ship movements out of the range of existing coastal stations.

A new custom data solution will also be made available to provide solutions based on XML Web Service data delivery.

“We are excited to sign this deal with VesselTracker,” said Peter Mabson, president of exactEarth.

“This agreement is a great step forward for exactEarth and means a whole new set of customers worldwide will now have access to our exactAIS data and will see the value of truly global coverage of maritime traffic.”

“We see this as a new chapter in the evolution of satellite AIS and look forward to working even more closely with VesselTracker in the future to deliver premium services to our joint markets.”

In other news, exactEarth has also announced that it has been awarded a new multi-year contract by the Canadian Government for its exactAIS data service.

The initial $4.59 million order renews the current annual subscription and includes a licence for data usage throughout the whole of the Canadian Government.

exactAIS is already used by the country's Marine Security Operations Centre, which consists of multiple departments and agencies including the Department of National Defence, Transport Canada, the RCMP, the Canada Border Services Agency, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard.

The space-AIS data is typically used to enhance maritime security and surveillance, monitor and analyse arctic vessel traffic, and for Search and Rescue (SAR) support.

“This renewal order, won in a competitive bid environment, continues to demonstrate how exactAIS is gaining traction in many government departments with uses spreading beyond the traditional maritime agencies,” said Mr Mabson.

“It shows that the exactAIS data service is now being recognised as a vital part of mission-critical decision support systems.”

“We expect to gain further renewals and wider market penetration worldwide throughout 2012 as more and more customers realise the value of our service, and as we add to both our in-orbit and ground-based infrastructure.”

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