Harris Corporation and exactEarth are jointly developing new advanced data services to help track maritime vessels more quickly and accurately.

The automatic identification system (AIS) service will be capable of offering constant, real-time, global coverage of vessels.

These features will enable users to track the location of ships worldwide, enhancing their efficiency, safety and security.

Harris Government Communications Systems National Programs vice-president and general manager Bill Gattle said: "The solution’s real-time data will transform today’s concept of maritime domain awareness.

"The solution’s real-time data will transform today’s concept of maritime domain awareness."

"This alliance will expand our IntelliEarth family of innovative solutions, which take advantage of Harris’ world-class remote sensing capabilities to help customers around the globe make smarter operational and business decisions."

The new partnership will see the integration of exactEarth’s signal de-collision detection technology, and Harris’ capabilities in satellite-hosted payloads, advanced radio frequency communications, and satellite antenna solutions.

AIS data service operates with the support a sensor based on Harris’ AppSTAR reconfigurable payload technology, and hosted on the Iridium NEXT satellite constellation, the company stated.

exactEarth president Peter Mabson said: "We’re committed to providing the best maritime intelligence solutions to our customers worldwide.

"The new capabilities that we are building through our relationship with Harris will allow us to significantly expand the range of advanced value-added services and information solutions that we can bring to the global maritime market."

AIS-based data services are expected to be available in 2017, after the Iridium NEXT satellites are in orbit.

With this alliance, Harris will be the exclusive provider of AIS products and services to the US Government.