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Automatic Identification System Market Size, Share & Industry 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, 2024-2032

Last Updated: June 14, 2024 | Format: PDF | Report ID: FBI106598



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The global automatic identification system market size was USD 275.0 million in 2023. The market is projected to grow from USD 289.2 million in 2024 to USD 504.7 million in 2032 at a CAGR of 7.2% over 2024-2032.


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An Automatic Identification System is a tracking system shared the location of vessels in the vicinity. AIS, also known as 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 market is expected to witness substantial growth in revenue during the forecast period.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the naval and shipbuilding sectors experienced numerous difficulties, such as staff isolation, manufacturing halts, and disrupted supply chains. Shipbuilding investments decreased, which affected offshore operations and maritime trade services. There was less of a need for automatic identification systems as shipbuilding declined. A decline in demand and financial difficulties caused many small maritime businesses to fail. The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) 2020 report states that there was a 4.1% decline in global maritime trade, which had an impact on ports, shipping networks, cargo volumes, and growth prospects.

Automatic Identification System Market Trends

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 considerable attention. At present, there is a growing demand for space-borne identification systems. Since more and more satellites are equipped with an AIS payload, corresponding software and hardware are being designed to boost market growth over the 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.

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Automatic Identification System Market Growth Factors

Adoption of IoT in Automatic Identification System to Boost Market Growth

The key players involved in the advancement of vessel tracking and monitoring technology are anticipating the future of intelligent global ocean trade and supply chains, utilizing satellite AIS, Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity, and Big Data to provide unmatched levels of visibility and control. The Internet of Things (IoT) represents the upcoming era of internet connectivity based on the Internet Protocol (IP). It allows the automated use of data generated by sensors or devices that are connected to wired communication networks. Due to the growing need for more effective decision-making systems as to what course of action to take in any given situation, AIS will play a vital role in marine IoT in general. Therefore, 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 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.

Automatic Identification System Market Segmentation Analysis

By Class Analysis

Class A AIS Segment Dominated Market in 2023

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 2023 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 2024-2032

Based on component, this market is segmented into transmitter, receivers, central processing unit, display, 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 system (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

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.

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By Application Analysis

Vessel Tracking Segment Witnessed Highest Market Share in 2023

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.


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

Asia Pacific Automatic Identification System Market Size, 2023 (USD Million)

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Asia Pacific held the dominant market position in 2023 and the regional market is valued at USD 83.1 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, Asia contributed about 65% of global container port traffic and persisted the prominent position in container port cargo handling. The Asia Pacific dominated the market in 2023. The growth is attributed to the well-developed shipbuilding industry involved the development of complex naval vessels, such as ferries, cruise ships, mega yachts, and submarines. Furthermore, the demand for the system in 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 ships 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.

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 forecasts 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.

List of Key Companies in Automatic Identification System Market

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 service 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.)


  • April 2024 - The Maritime Rescue and Safety Society (SASEMAR) under the Spanish Ministry of Transport and Sustainable Mobility selected Cellnex Spain to ensure maritime safety in Spain. Furthermore, Cellnex  secured another contract with Maritime Rescue for the Automatic Identification System (AIS) data service.  The coverage areas for satellite AIS have been expanded with the addition of a new web map service offering global coverage. The contract, which is valued at nearly USD 6.4 million and spans five years, demonstrates Cellnex's pivotal role in enhancing maritime safety infrastructure in Spain.

  • February 2024 - Steadicopter, an Israeli company, added an automatic identification system to the payload of its Black Eagle 50H, a remotely unmanned air vehicle (RUAV) – the first hybrid-powered unmanned helicopter and the newest model in its RUAV family. The addition of the AIS enables maritime unmanned helicopter operators to identify ships better and focus on those that pose a threat. The AIS is carried by this advanced unmanned helicopter in addition to an electro-optic system and maritime radar.

  • February 2024 - Spire Global, Inc., a leading global provider of space-based data, analytics, and space services, has been awarded two framework contracts by the European Maritime Safety Agency with a maximum overall budget of USD 9 million. Spire would provide space-based automatic identification system (SAT-AIS) data services for ship tracking for four years, including real-time, standard, and high-density backup SAT-AIS.

  • June 2023 – Smart Eye, a company specializing in the development of Driver Monitoring System (DMS) technology for the automotive industry, entered into a contract with Linde, a German vehicle logistics company, for its AIS product, which comprises a comprehensive hardware and software DMS for aftermarket installation in vehicle fleets.

  • October 2022 - ORBCOMM Inc., a leading global provider of Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, has been granted a multi-year contract by a U.S. Government Agency for a competitive renewal of its global Automatic Identification System (AIS) data services, which are utilized for ship tracking and other maritime navigational and safety initiatives. Additionally, ORBCOMM was awarded a separate competitive contract to deliver AIS services to multiple other U.S. government users.


The global automatic identification system market report provides a 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.

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Report Scope & Segmentation



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CAGR of 7.2% from 2024 to 2032


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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 Application)

    • Canada (By  Application )

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

    • U.K. (By  Application )

    • Germany (By  Application )

    • France (By  Application )

    • Russia (By  Application )

    • Rest of Europe (By  Application )

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

    • China (By  Application )

    • India (By  Application )

    • Japan (By  Application )

    • Rest of Asia Pacific (By  Application )

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

    • GCC (By  Application )

    • South Africa (By  Application )

    • Rest of Middle East & Africa (By  Application )

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

    • Brazil (By  Application )

    • Mexico (By  Application )

    • Rest of Latin America (By  Application )

Frequently Asked Questions

Fortune Business Insights says that the global market size was USD 275.0 million in 2023 and is projected to reach USD 504.7 million by 2032.

Registering a CAGR of 7.2%, the market will exhibit steady growth over the forecast period (2024-2032).

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 2023.

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