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The amount of data available in shipping has increased tremendously in recent years.

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Terrestrial antenna networks have been spreading over the world covering even the most remote ports. A modern AIS antenna network provider nowadays processes up to 12 million messages per hour. Adding up to more than 24GB of data per day and around 8TB of data per year.

Satellite based AIS receivers allow to receive tracking signals even when vessels are operating off shore and out of the reach of terrestrial antennas, adding considerably to the overall amount of processed information. Meanwhile the historical base of tracking data is getting larger and larger, waiting to be analysed.

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However, vessel tracking is not the only source of data. Equipment manufacturers fit an ever increasing number of sensors to their products. Theses sensor networks span a whole ship from the pressure in the engine’s combustion chambers to the quality of bilge water. The network allows to closely monitor the overall functioning and the performance of vessels.

Logistics companies, authorities and other organisations add their share to the mix of available data.

The presence of all that data promises new insights on market developments, vessel operations and security and environmental issues.

The huge amount of data is by far excessing traditional methods of storing and analyzing.

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New technologies emerging under the umbrella of “Big Data” make it possible to handle large volumes of data in real time and at a high level of detail.

Being able to analyse the world wide vessel traffic and related information in real time and with high granularity offer a wide range of new applications. The new technologies have the potential to bring new, as yet unknown insights and to open up new opportunities.

The conference will offer a wide range of talks on the topic, covering technological background, success stories from the industry and new or future use cases.