TimeCaster web app, AIS, maritime awareness, ship tracking, Doppelgangers, cloudeo, Maerospace, Orbcomm

Knowing “when your ship comes in” can literally swing time-sensitive markets, with billions of Dollars’ worth of goods crossing the oceans at any time. Fleet operators, commodity investors, even insurance companies and regulators, need seamless updates about ship location and route forecasting.

TimeCaster™ is a significant step up from standard S-AIS data, using big data analysis for near real-time tracking that is ten times more accurate.


For detailed information on the advantages of AIS, visit our "Realities of S-AIS" blog series:

Product description 

With modern navigation and communication technology, fleet owners and brokers, as well as logistics companies and regulators, are no longer “at sea” about a ship’s location and movements. But even with widely deployed satellite navigation and Automatic Information Systems (AIS), vessels can “go dark” for some periods of time. And knowing current positions of neighboring vessels is not sufficient in crowded shipping lanes: to reliably avoid collisions, the ships’ routes need to be forecast for several hours, depending on their size and speed.

TimeCaster™ harnesses the information of Orbcomm’s over 300.000 transponders, and uses big data analysis to process millions of messages per day. TimeCaster™ updates a vessels location every ten minutes; the analytical software not only keeps track of a ship’s movements (and can fill in “dark” times, when satellite signals were to weak or otherwise unavailable), but it can also forecast, with high accuracy, its future movements within the next 12 hours.

TimeCaster™ empowers fleet owners and operators, commodity traders in oil and gas, environmental protection agencies, marine insurance companies, and the finance industry with actionable information about location and suspicious ship behaviors; allowing them the time and foresight to plan and act accordingly.

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Start date
E.g., 2019-10-23



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Orbcomm AIS data

Off the shelf 


Update frequency 

Every 10 minutes

Average position accuracy 

13 NM (>10x better than raw AIS data)


Message queueing service (full data access)

Setup time 

1 day (web app), 14 days (message queue)


Configure and order 

  • Transactions: Select the maximum number of vessels you want to track at the same time.
  • Configuration: Select the configuration that best suits your needs - see product description.
  • License: The license restricts the usage to internal use only and does not allow to sell these information.
  • Start date: Select the date you’d like the service to start.
  • Subscription period: Select how long you like to have access to the service.
  • Remarks: Insert any questions or comments here.

Please note 

Beyond the standard options individual product configurations are possible. Our GeoExperts are standing by to optimize the product configuration according to your needs. Just contact us.

  • Daily reports instead of live streams.
  • Fleet reports and alerts can be configured to simplify the usage of this advanced AIS data.
  • Special services designed for oil trading are available.
  • External usage can be granted at additional costs
  • A user is defined by a unique email address used by only one staff member. If more users from your company want to access the service, please select the appropriate option and provide us a list of emails. The use is limited to internal use. External usage can be granted at additional costs and on revenue share basis.
  • TimeCaster™ AIS data can be combined with optical or SAR satellite imagery from cloudeo for increased maritime situation awareness.

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