Automatic Identification System (AIS) solutions provider True Heading has delivered an AIS Aid to Navigation (ATON) beacon to the Port of Stockholm, Sweden.

This AIS transceiver is designed specifically for installation on marine navigation aids such as buoys and lighthouses.

As a result, the Swedish local authorities have launched a buoy equipped with the True Heading ATON transponder in order to assist commercial and recreational ships moving in and out of the harbour.

"AIS provides an incredible advantage when it comes to eliminating interpretation errors."

True Heading CEO Jens Johansson said: "AIS technology is designed to give mariners another tool in watch-keeping.

"The most important way to avoid maritime disasters is to have the best situational awareness. AIS provides an incredible advantage when it comes to eliminating interpretation errors."

The new solution’s transmitter will be able to send its position to AIS-equipped vessels, making the buoy more visible to mariners.

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"With our new transmitter, boaters can see on their displays that this buoy is marked and what its current status is, even at night or in bad conditions," Johansson added.

AIS transmitters aim to deliver increased awareness and safety when visibility is poor. The transponder will broadcast current position to warn mariners if the buoy becomes detached from the seafloor. The transponder can broadcast the changes in a buoy’s operational status.

In addition, they can also be interfaced to a wide range of sensors such as metrological and hydrological devices, along with the lantern and other equipment located at the point of installation.