Vessel Owners and Shipping Companies

The digitalization of the maritime industry is happening and VDES, the extension of AIS, will bring a wealth of opportunities for shipping companies to improve its operations through new digital services.

Vessel Owners and Shipping Companies​

AIS 2.0 (VDES) can be seen as a maritime Internet-of-Things (IoT) technology which is both affordable and extremely flexible.

AIS 2.0 adds real data channels to AIS and it combines coastal VHF radio and satellite connectivity into one global system working over the onboard VHF antenna. This means that providers of AIS 2.0-based services can push information to your ship anywhere in the world, even in the Arctics.

Contact Sternula to learn about opportunities for better sailing operations based on the AIS 2.0 technology.

How AIS 2.0 Works

AIS 2.0 is the combination of current AIS, which is a carriage requirement under the IMO SOLAS (Safety-of- Life-at-Sea) convention, and the new VDES (VHF Data Exchange System) standard.

AIS is deployed today in more than 200,000 vessels. VDES adds new secure data channels, significantly more capacity, and global two-way connectivity via satellite.

The satellite element, which is what Sternula offers, is known as VDE-SAT. AIS 2.0 works over the existing VHF antenna and a newer AIS terminal (no extra satellite antenna onboard!).

AIS 2.0 by design does not allow IP connections. This means that critical onboard systems, such as the ECDIS charting system, engines, and power systems, that could be the target of cybercrime, espionage, and terrorism may be connected securely to shore services via AIS 2.0.


Take part in the world’s most ambitious maritime digitalization project!

In 2023, Sternula will be conducting a worldwide demo project in collaboration with partners with an interest in utilizing the new AIS 2.0 technology.

You can sign up to be a Worldwide AIS 2.0 Demo partner. The sign-up is an indicative commitment only, since the the exact scope and costs for your involvement cannot be settled at the current stage.