"Smart Market Solutions to Help Your Business Gain Edge over Competitors"

Automatic Identification System Market Size, Share & COVID-19 Impact Analysis, By Class (Class A AIS, Class B AIS, and AIS-based Stations), By Platform (Shipborne, Airborne, and Offshore-based Platform), By Application (Fleet Management, Vessel Tracking, Maritime Security, Search and Rescue, and Other Application), By Component (Transmitter, Receivers, Central Processing Unit, Display, and Others), and Regional Forecast, 2021-2028

Region : Global | Format: PDF | Report ID: FBI106598



Play Audio Listen to Audio Version

The global automatic identification system market size was USD 242.2 million in 2020. The market is projected to grow from USD 250.3 million in 2021 to USD 374.8 million in 2028 at a CAGR of 5.94% during the 2021-2028 period. The global impact of COVID-19 has been unprecedented and staggering, with automatic identification systems witnessing a negative impact on demand across all the regions amid the pandemic. Based on our analysis, the global market exhibited a decline of 6.74% in 2020 as compared to the average year-on-year growth during 2017-2019. The rise in CAGR is attributable to this market’s growth and demand, returning to pre-pandemic levels once the pandemic is over.


Request Sample

An Automatic Identification System is a tracking system that shared the location of vessels in the vicinity. AIS, also known as the broadcast transponder system, operates in the VHF mobile maritime frequency band. This provides a terrestrial-based monitoring system of suitably equipped ships. This information is collected by shore stations, other vessels, and satellites, thus enabling other equipped vessels to identify other vessels in their area. Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) ashore use AIS to identify, locate and monitor vessels. An AIS transponder normally works in an autonomous and continuous mode, regardless of operating in the open seas or coastal or inland areas. AIS transponders use two different frequencies, VHF maritime channels 87B (161.975 MHz) and 88B (162.025 MHz). The Panama Canal uses the AIS to provide information about rain along the canal and wind in the locks.

The AIS is also being used for different applications, including the widespread transmission of critical environmental conditions information, such as sea state and weather, to mariners, forecasters, and emergency response providers. Several pilot projects are in the research & development phase that will demonstrate the capacity and promise of AIS data and the AIS platform to serve multiple purposes, providing overall maritime domain awareness while maintaining its most important objective of tracking vessels to aid safe, secure, efficient and environmentally sound maritime operations. Considering the above factors, the automatic identification system market is expected to witness substantial growth in revenue during the forecast period.


COVID-19 Pandemic Had Deep Impact on Naval and Shipbuilding Industry

The naval and shipbuilding industry has witnessed exceptional challenges amid the COVID-19 pandemic across the world. Manufacturing halt disrupted supply chain, and isolation periods for staff affected the market growth. Moreover, investments in the shipbuilding sector declined during the pandemic. The decline in shipbuilding services for different applications such as offshore service, maritime trade, maritime export, and others has impacted the demand for automatic Identification systems.

Furthermore, many small companies engaged in the maritime and shipping industry have gone bankrupt due to less demand for automatic marine systems and the inability to handle the company's finances during the pandemic.

  • According to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) 2020 report, global maritime trade was declined by 4.1% in 2020.

  • The UNCTAD Review of Maritime Transport 2020 report depicts that the pandemic affected the shipping networks and ports, plummeting cargo volumes, and foiling growth prospects.


Request a Free sample to learn more about this report.

Growing Trend of Space-Borne Automatic Identification System to Boost Market Growth

Space-borne SAR and AIS are complementary, and ship surveillance using an integrated combination has attracted much attention. At present, the demand for space-borne Identification Systems is increasing. Since more and more satellites are equipped with AIS payloads. Moreover, corresponding software and hardware are being designed to boost the market growth in forthcoming years. For instance,

  • ‘Ocean-2B’ satellite-based AIS payload is used to test the performance of the scene simulation system, which indicates that the method can simulate real scenes of receiving signals in orbit in a favorable manner.

  • In October 2021, ExactEarth Ltd., a leading provider of Satellite-AIS data services, announced a USD 1.5 million one-year Satellite-AIS services contract with Geospatial Intelligence Pty Ltd. Under the terms of the agreement, ExactEarth will provide GI with the Company's real-time exact AIS Platinum Plus product, its Ship view web-based analysis tool, certain historical Satellite-AIS data sets and its Position Anomaly analytics application.


Adoption of IoT in Automatic Identification System to Boost Market Growth

The key players involved in the evolution of vessel tracking and monitoring technology are looking forward to the future of smart global ocean trade and supply chains, harnessing satellite AIS, Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity, and Big Data to deliver unprecedented levels of visibility and control. The IoT is the next generation of internet-based Internet Protocol (IP). It facilitates end-point devices by allowing the automated use of data generated by sensors or devices that are connected to wired communication networks. AIS will have a vital role in marine IoT in general due to the growing need for more effective decision-making systems as to what course of action to take in any given situation. Thus, higher growth numbers are expected during the forecast period. For instance,

  • BigOceanData has taken the lead in enabling AIS transmissions to carry data from more than one source, and with its ability to fuse data from other systems, such as SSAS and Inmarsat-C that transmit data via low-orbit satellites, AIS as a critical system onboard any IoT vessel, and manned or autonomous, will be at the core of the IoT network.

Growth in International Seaborne Trade to Propel Market Growth

UNCTAD’s Maritime Transport Report 2020 projected that maritime trade growth would expand by 4.8% in 2021. The merchant ships are majorly used for seaborne trade. Asia Pacific is the largest seaborne trading region. In 2019, Asian seaports handled 6.9 billion tons of goods unloaded and 4.5 billion tons of goods loaded. Asian countries, such as China, Japan, and South Korea, have emerged as the leading countries in the shipbuilding sector. The automatic Identification system is the essential system of the naval ships. Thus, the expansion of naval sector due to growing international seaborne trade activities propels the market's growth during the forecast period.

  • In November 2021, UNCTAD predicted that annual growth in maritime trade between 2022 and 2026 would slow to 2.4%, compared to 2.9% over the past two decades. The COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on maritime trade volumes in 2020 was less than initially expected, but its knock-on effects will be far-reaching and could transform maritime transport.


Cybersecurity Threats to Hamper the Market Growth

The maritime sector has faced constant vessel alteration owing to the rising automation and digitization. Autonomous vessel infrastructure comprises a combination of highly integrated software & hardware and electromechanical systems forming computer networks. The publication AIS data is one of the major cyber threats on the world-wide-web, or elsewhere, subject to the provisions of their national laws and might create ships that may be more vulnerable to terror acts via piracy and cyber-attacks. These leaks in AIS data e could be detrimental to the safety and security of ships and port facilities, thus hindering the market development.


By Class Analysis

Class A AIS Segment Dominated Market in 2020

Based on class, the automatic Identification system market is segmented into class A AIS, class B AIS, and AIS-based stations. Class A AIS dominated the market in 2020 as it has been mandated by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) for vessels of 300 gross tonnages and upwards engaged in international voyages, cargo ships of 500 gross tonnages and upwards not engaged on international voyages. The growing international maritime trade and cargo delivery services have boosted the segment growth. Class B AIS is one of the emerging segments as class B AIS transponders are mainly used by recreational vessels and smaller commercial vessels. Moreover, class B transponders also receive all class A and class B AIS transmissions. Thus, higher growth numbers are expected shortly.

By Component Analysis

Transmitter Segment to Dominate Market during 2021 -2028

Based on components, this market is segmented into transmitters, receivers, central processing units, displays, and others. The receiver segment grows at a higher pace, owing to advancements in radars and satellite communication services. Moreover, the growing adoption of satellite-based automatic identification systems (SAT-AIS) is a crucial factor responsible for segment growth during the forecast period. Furthermore, the demand for GNSS products and solutions has created a surge in demand for receivers operating at a very high frequency. The central processing unit is one of the major segments in the market. The fast, efficient, and real-time data is the need of the hour by naval and offshore service providers.

By Platform Analysis

To know how our report can help streamline your business, Speak to Analyst

Shipborne Segment to Witness Highest CAGR During Forecast Period

Based on platform, this market is segmented into airborne, shipborne, and offshore-based platforms. The shipborne platform to witness higher CAGR owing to increased naval and maritime activities. Moreover, the development of autonomous ships is one of the major factors driving the segment growth. These ships include the latest technology, such as data analysis technology, Internet of Things (IoT), and onshore monitoring bases connected by broadband communication. The airborne segment is expected to be the emerging market as an increase in patrol activities by navy and coast guard across international sea borders and international ports around the world.

By Application Analysis

Vessel Tracking Segment Witnessed Highest Market Share in 2020

Based on application, the automatic identification system market is segmented into fleet management, vessel tracking, maritime security, search and rescue, and other applications. The main purpose of the system is vessel tracking. This application helps border control agencies with better handling capabilities on maritime traffic. The growing maritime traffic worldwide due to increased trade activities is one of the major factors responsible for the segment during the forecast period. Maritime security and surveillance were two of the major drivers for the uptake of AIS technology. Maritime transportation was identified as a major threat vector and was one of the drivers behind the push from the coast guard and navy to have greater visibility and efficient security aid. Thus, higher growth of the maritime security segment is anticipated in revenue soon.


Asia Pacific Automatic Identification System Market Size, 2020 (USD Million)

To get more information on the regional analysis of this market, Request a Free sample

The market is segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, and Latin America.

The Asia Pacific held the dominant market position in 2020 and the regional market is valued at USD 72.9 million. The progress is expected due to the rapidly increasing maritime trade and economic development in the region. The UNCTAD Review of Maritime Transport 2020 states, that Asia contributed about 65% of global container port traffic and persisted in a prominent position in container port cargo handling. The Asia Pacific dominated the market in 2020. The growth is attributed to the well-developed shipbuilding industry involved in the development of complex naval vessels, such as ferries, cruise ships, mega yachts, and submarines. Furthermore, the demand for the system in the defense sector increases due to ongoing territorial conflicts among countries such as China, India, and Pakistan.

Europe is expected to witness significant growth during the forecast period. The growth attributed to the rising investments in autonomous development of progressive ship projects from various European countries drive the automatic Identification system market growth. The rise in the number of ships due to growing international seaborne trade has led to rising demand for the systems across Europe.

The market in North America is projected to grow moderately during the forecast period. Increasing procurement contracts of naval vessels from the U.S Navy and rising demand for dry cargo and maritime tourism across the region propel the market's growth. For instance, market players such as L3Hariss Technologies Inc., Exact Earth, and Garmin Ltd are responsible for market growth in this region.

The rest of the world market stood at increasing maritime trade in the Middle East & Africa, and Latin American countries to drive the market growth during the forecast period. The Unique Group in the UAE introduced a UnI-Cat vessel for unmanned surveys in shallow waters in the year 2019. The organization designed and integrated autonomous sensors, communications technology, and AIS in naval ships. Thus higher growth numbers are anticipated in this region.


Technological Advancements in Automatic Identification System to Boost Market Growth

The competitive landscape of the AIS market depicts the domination of selected players such as ExactEarth Ltd, Orbcomm Inc., and Gramin. These companies focus on designing and developing advanced maritime traffic solutions. Moreover, these companies are expanding their geographic reach all over the world in the forthcoming years. For Instance, In May 2021, Unseen labs partner with ORBCOMM to provide maritime surveillance services for government and commercial AIS customers.


  • Furuno Electric Co. Ltd (Japan)

  • Japan Radio Co. Ltd. (Japan)

  • Saab AB (Sweden)

  • ExactEarth Ltd (Canada)

  • Orbcomm Inc. (U.S.)

  • Garmin Ltd (U.S.)

  • Kongsberg Gruppen ASA (Norway)

  • True Heading AB (Sweden)

  • C.N.S. Systems AB (Sweden)

  • Wartsila OYJ Abp (Finland)

  • ComNav Marine Ltd (Canada)

  • L3Hariss Technologies Inc. (U.S.)


  • September 2021 – Spire Global, Inc. and ExactEarth Ltd. entered into a definitive arrangement agreement under which Spire will acquire ExactEarth for approximately USD 161.2 million. Once completed, ExactEarth will become a fully owned subsidiary of Spire and continue to operate from Cambridge, Ontario, Canada.

  • September 2021 – MOL enhanced AR navigation system to support safe navigation. The system integrates information from the AIS and radar with real-time video images from the bridge camera in collaboration with Furuno Electric's Electric Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS).


An Infographic Representation of Automatic Identification System Market

To get information on various segments, share your queries with us

The global automatic identification system market report provides detailed market analysis and focuses on key aspects, such as renowned manufacturers, products, demanding technologies, and end-users. Moreover, it offers insights into the trends and highlights key industry developments. In addition to the factors mentioned above, the market report encompasses several direct and indirect factors that have contributed to the market's growth over recent years.

Report Scope & Segmentation



Study Period


Base Year


Estimated Year


Forecast Period


Historical Period



Value (USD Million)


By Class, Platform, Application, Component, and Geography

By Class

  • Class A AIS

  • Class B AIS

  • AIS-based Stations

By Platform

  • Shipborne

  • Airborne

  • Offshore-based Platform

By Application

  • Fleet Management

  • Vessel Tracking

  • Maritime Security

  • Search and Rescue

  • Other Application


By Component

  • Transmitter

  • Receivers

  • Central Processing Unit

  • Display

  • Others

By Geography


  • North America (By Class, Platform, Application, Component, and Country)

    • U.S. (By Platform)

    • Canada (By Platform)

  • Europe (By Class, Platform, Application, Component, and Country)

    • U.K. (By Platform)

    • Germany (By Platform)

    • France (By Platform)

    • Russia (By Platform)

    • Rest of Europe (By Platform)

  • Asia Pacific (By Class, Platform, Application, Component, and Country)

    • China (By Platform)

    • India (By Platform)

    • Japan (By Platform)

    • Rest of Asia Pacific (By Platform)

  • Middle East & Africa (By Class, Platform, Application, Component, and Sub-Region)

    • GCC (By Platform)

    • South Africa (By Platform)

    • Rest of Middle East & Africa (By Platform)

  • Latin America (By Class, Platform, Application, Component, and Sub-Region)

    • Brazil (By Platform)

    • Mexico (By Platform)

    • Rest of Latin America (By Platform)

Frequently Asked Questions

Fortune Business Insights says that the global market size was USD 242.2 million in 2020 and is projected to reach USD 374.8 million by 2028.

Registering a CAGR of 5.94%, the market will exhibit steady growth over the forecast period (2021-2028).

The shipborne segment is the leading segment in the market.

Saab AB, ExactEarth, and L3Hariss Technologies Inc. are the leading players in the global market.

Asia Pacific dominated the market in terms of share in 2020.

Seeking Comprehensive Intelligence on Different Markets?
Get in Touch with Our Experts

Speak to an Expert
  • Apr, 2022
  • 2020
  • 2017-2019
  • 200


  • $4850

Personalize this Research

  • Granular Research on Specified Regions or Segments
  • Companies Profiled based on User Requirement
  • Broader Insights Pertaining to a Specific Segment or Region
  • Breaking Down Competitive Landscape as per Your Requirement
  • Other Specific Requirement on Customization
Request Customization Banner

Client Testimonials

“This report is really well done and we really appreciate it! Again, I may have questions as we dig in deeper. Thanks again for some really good work.”

- U.S.-based biotechnology company focussing on treatment of chronic pain.

“Kudos to your team. Thank you very much for your support and agility to answer our questions.”

- Europe-based provider of solutions to automate data centre operations.

“We appreciate you and your team taking out time to share the report and data file with us, and we are grateful for the flexibility provided to modify the document as per request. This does help us in our business decision making. We would be pleased to work with you again, and hope to continue our business relationship long into the future.”

- India-based manufacturer of industrial and specialty intermediates with a strong global presence.

“I want to first congratulate you on the great work done on the Medical Platforms project. Thank you so much for all your efforts.”

- One of the largest cosmetics company in the world.

“Thank you very much. I really appreciate the work your team has done. I feel very comfortable recommending your services to some of the other startups that I’m working with, and will likely establish a good long partnership with you.”

- U.S. based startup operating in the cultivated meat market.

“We received the below report on the U.S. market from you. We were very satisfied with the report.”

- UGlobal hearing aids manufacturer.

“I just finished my first pass-through of the report. Great work! Thank you!”

- U.S. based solar racking solutions provider.

“Thanks again for the great work on our last partnership. We are ramping up a new project to understand the imaging and imaging service and distribution market in the U.S.”

- World’s leading advisory firm.

“We feel positive about the results. Based on the presented results, we will do strategic review of this new information and might commission a detailed study on some of the modules included in the report after end of the year. Overall we are very satisfied and please pass on the praise to the team. Thank you for the co-operation!”

- Germany based machine construction company.

“Thank you very much for the very good report. I have another requirement on cutting tools, paper crafts and decorative items.”

- Japanese manufacturing company of stationery products.

“We are happy with the professionalism of your in-house research team as well as the quality of your research reports. Looking forward to work together on similar projects”

- One of the Leading Food Companies in Germany

“We appreciate the teamwork and efficiency for such an exhaustive and comprehensive report. The data offered to us was exactly what we were looking for. Thank you!”

- Intuitive Surgical

“I recommend Fortune Business Insights for their honesty and flexibility. Not only that they were very responsive and dealt with all my questions very quickly but they also responded honestly and flexibly to the detailed requests from us in preparing the research report. We value them as a research company worthy of building long-term relationships.”

- Major Food Company in Japan

“Well done Fortune Business Insights! The report covered all the points and was very detailed. Looking forward to work together in the future”

- Ziering Medical

“It has been a delightful experience working with you guys. Thank you Fortune Business Insights for your efforts and prompt response”

- Major Manufacturer of Precision Machine Parts in India

“I had a great experience working with Fortune Business Insights. The report was very accurate and as per my requirements. Very satisfied with the overall report as it has helped me to build strategies for my business”

- Hewlett-Packard

“This is regarding the recent report I bought from Fortune Business insights. Remarkable job and great efforts by your research team. I would also like to thank the back end team for offering a continuous support and stitching together a report that is so comprehensive and exhaustive”

- Global Management Consulting Firm

“Please pass on our sincere thanks to the whole team at Fortune Business Insights. This is a very good piece of work and will be very helpful to us going forward. We know where we will be getting business intelligence from in the future.”

- UK-based Start-up in the Medical Devices Sector

“Thank you for sending the market report and data. It looks quite comprehensive and the data is exactly what I was looking for. I appreciate the timeliness and responsiveness of you and your team.”

- One of the Largest Companies in the Defence Industry
We use cookies to enhance your experience. By continuing to visit this site you agree to our use of cookies . Privacy.