AIS and MXAK: lifesaving technology highlights changes to search and rescues

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An October 12th article in Juneau Empire reported on the public presentation given by the Marine Exchange of Alaska (MXAK) last week about AIS and the lifesaving technologies that have made Search and Rescue operations more precise and efficient.

Shine Micro is a proud partner of the MXAK, providing rugged, long-range AIS receivers for their mission-critical AIS network.

“We’re taking the search out of search and rescue and getting straight to the rescue,” said Matt York, former Coast Guardsman and network operations supervisor for MXAK.

From Juneau Empire:

The most modern technology available to ship crews is the AIS, which integrates location and radar data with the ship’s electronic chart system to give captains an accurate picture of what’s around them, York said. Ships of above a certain size, number of passengers, or fulfilling certain roles are required to carry an AIS system. The system also pings back to the MXAK operations center, so they can see the speed and location of every ship in the Pacific.

“That’s a big portion of funding through the Coast Guard,” York said. “The other portion is through the industry.”

MXAK maintains a network of 139 AIS stations on land to help fix the position of vessels with AIS systems at sea, York said. Many of those stations are also able to provide real time weather data. The AIS stations, constructed all over the coasts of Alaska, often in remote places, have to be powered and connected to the internet by a number of innovative means, York said.

Read the complete article here: What Alaska can learn from the sinking of the Essex

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The Marine Exchange of Alaska mission is “Providing services that aid safe, secure, efficient, and environmentally responsible maritime operations. MXAK has developed a comprehensive system throughout Alaska providing Maritime Domain Awareness for ports, regulatory agencies, vessel operators and maritime communities to enhance safe, efficient and environmentally sound maritime operations.

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