Make assets and hazards visible to marine vessels
Place “digital buoys” (virtual AtoNs) for enhanced safety and protection
What are Virtual AtoNs
Using the international AIS standard, our Virtual AIS Station allows you to remotely create electronic “marks”. These marks are called “Virtual Aids to Navigation” (VAtoN) or AIS marks or virtual buoys. They are visible on the navigation screens of any vessel with AIS enabled equipment.
Approaching vessels can clearly see that there is a hazard approaching and understand the nature of that hazard (the AIS mark can provide information about the hazard).
Uses for Virtual Aids to Navigation:
- Marking both visible and invisible hazards, including; cables, pipes, underwater equipment, bridges, offshore platforms, jackup rigs, marina/piers, wrecks, reefs or shellfish beds
- Marking shipping channels, used to “join the dots” between physical buoys to improve shipping lane visibility
- Marking areas where navigation conditions change frequently, including; overhead clearance, ice, tidal levels, weather, etc
- Marking moving hazards such as sand bars to regularly provide changes in location and provide alert warnings
- Create temporary cordons around events such as salvage, repairs, yacht races and swim courses or other exclusion areas such as hazardous spills, marine protected areas, etc
* Information displayed on board depends on type of equipment and/or navigation software being used.
Advantage of virtual AtoNs
- Mark hazards or protection zones providing visibility to vessels
- Place AIS marks (virtual buoys) in locations where it is impossible to install physical markers
- Add, remove or change positions of AIS marks (virtual buoys) according to changing conditions such as tide, wrecks or temporary safety areas
- Access from anywhere knowing your data and access is secure