Big data is stopping pirates

Nano satellites keep track of shipping.

Big Data Is Stopping Maritime Pirates … From Space

Robert Vamosi

Somali pirates, made famous in a recent Tom Hanks film, are the scourge of the oceans. Maritime pirates typically board a commercial tanker and disable the Automatic Identification System (AIS) tracking system, causing the boat to “disappear” for several days. But a new company says it can keep track of these floating assets, despite the pirates.

Spire is a San Francisco-based global startup with offices in Singapore that is in the business of launching into Low Earth Orbit a constellation of shoebox-sized satellites. Right now Spire focuses on covering the 75 percent of the earth that doesn’t have satellite coverage—namely the maritime areas.

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