AIS transponders or receivers already installed on most vessels can be used as "roaming" AIS-receiving stations. If your vessel has a satellite Internet connection on board, then the collected signals can be easily sent to our central server, with no additional cost or equipment. This method will not only enable the position reporting of your own vessel but the reporting of any other vessels' positions near yours.
All you have to do is to connect the serial output of your AIS transponder/receiver to a computer with Internet connectivity and run a computer software program such as the "AIS Logger" or the "AIS Dispatcher" to forwarding the data to us. The bandwidth consumption is minimal and should not be of concern regarding the cost of your satellite Internet subscription.
Take a look at this article to learn more about enabling your AIS transponder to collect and report AIS-data at the same time!