What we do
Spire Maritime uses satellite AIS data and sophisticated APIs to provide maritime awareness solutions for vessel tracking, ship monitoring, and for viewing historic AIS data and predicted positions.
Most importantly, we are revolutionizing how maritime data is collected, analyzed, and delivered. We are doing more with the data you already use (like AIS). We are building intelligent machine-learning algorithms that predict vessel locations and ETAs. And we are finding new sources of useful maritime data (like advanced weather prediction methods).
Keep reading to see why Spire is the future of maritime data.
Augmented maritime data and flexible APIS
As you likely already know, AIS data can be messy. From unreliable vessel data to crowded ports that cause signal loss, there are many reasons why AIS can be hard to make use of.
That’s why Spire cleans and augments our AIS data in various ways, including:
- Emphasizing the most reliable sources of AIS data
- Reducing the noise and unreliable signals that often affect AIS data
- Augmenting AIS data with fleet/vessel data sets (IMO, call sign, name, tonnage, etc.)
- Separating AIS data streams that originate from ports and other high-traffic areas (i.e., decollisioning)
And Spire delivers that data in the form of an intelligent and easy-to-use API, which lets you use it in customized and creative ways to solve your unique business problems, or the problems of your customers.
Leaders in satellite technology
Spire was launched in 2012 and already we have more satellites in place than our maritime data competitors. In fact, even outside the maritime industry, we have one of the largest satellite constellations in the world.
And unlike our competitors, we build and own our satellites. This is very important to us: the ability to upgrade the hardware (we’re currently on third-generation satellites and working on fourth-generation) and the ability to quickly send software updates to those satellites. More ground stations and smarter satellites give us the agility to constantly improve all aspects of our services, especially latency.
Continuous research, development, and improvement
Spire is at its core a science and technology company. We are pioneering entirely new technologies that are already changing the way maritime data is collected and analyzed. Some examples of our groundbreaking R&D:
- Predictive machine-learning algorithms that aid in forecasting ship locations, estimating ETAs, and improving shipping routes. This is unique, first-in-market technology and is constantly improving.
- Decollisioning. The use of our own dedicated satellites allows us to start separating jumbled AIS signals in high-traffic areas directly from space, improving speed and allowing for more real-time analysis.
- Weather forecasting with GPS radio occultation (GPS-RO) data: still in its infancy, but widely seen as being the future of weather prediction science. Our weather data APIs augment our AIS data. We are also aiding the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration with their research.
These are just a few of the areas where Spire is leading the way in revolutionizing maritime domain awareness.
A greater mission
With our extensive satellite constellation and operations all over the world, Spire maintains 24/7 coverage of the entire Earth. Our greater mission is to revolutionize the way that humans gather data about our planet, and to empower people and organizations who want to use that data for the greater good.
Our philosophy is that greater visibility of the Earth leads to better outcomes for everyone. Some examples of how “big Earth data” is already helping:
- Improved policing of illegal fishing
- Aiding in fighting piracy and other security initiatives
- Helping predict weather-related disasters and aiding in relief efforts
Learn more about the origins of Spire and its non-maritime work.
End to end Container visibility
“We needed end-to-end visibility of our container movements to optimize management of our warehouses, drayage, and operations teams. Spire gave us that advantage.” – Louis, Global Supply Chain Manager at a large U.S. based retailer
Powering machine learning
“Our data science team needed to identify berth calls much earlier. By using Spire’s APIs to accurately map the berths at every port around the world, we significantly reduced latency.” – Tyler Holmes, Senior Director of Marketing at ClearMetal Inc.
Anticipating future demand for vessels
“Within the chemical, LPG, and LNG tanker markets, we use Spire to track and forecast future vessel positions of both our fleet and our competitors. This lets us be more competitive, which is critical in today’s market.” – George, European tanker operations