Formed over 25 years ago, Comar Systems Ltd manufacture a range of Marine Automatic Identification (AIS) products.
Comar Systems is the world leader in Automatic ship Identification. With a selection of Class A and Class B Transponders Comar is at the forefront of this cutting edge technology. Comar Systems also manufactures AIS receivers, splitters and antenna to suit all applications from large marine traffic and intelligence information providers to the work boat, fishing and private yacht industries. With a worldwide network of distributors and a manufacturing facility in the UK Comar is the go - to company for AIS equipment worldwide.
In 2015 Comar systems was acquired by the Katon Ingram group and joined its sister company, Marine Data Systems. This merger has gives Comar the advantage of an established R&D department with innovative design and engineering solutions and an enhanced manufacturing base with ISO 90001 approval and the testing facilities associated with this quality.
Latterly Comar systems have developed a range of bespoke land based intelligent receivers for global monitoring, security, environmental and asset protection.
Our equipment is being used for such diverse applications as Port monitoring, Wind farms protection, large Marine and terminal developments. Detecting and policing illegal fishing, critical pipe line location and strike avoidance as well as environmental conservation and wildlife control.
Automatic Identification System (AIS) is a system initially intended to help ships avoid collisions, as well as assisting port authorities to better control sea traffic. As from December 2004, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) requires all vessels over 299GT to carry an AIS transponder on board, which transmits their position, speed and course, among some other static information, such as vessel’s name, dimensions and voyage details.
AIS transponders on board vessels include a GPS (Global Positioning System) receiver, which collects position and movement details. It includes also a VHF transmitter, which transmits periodically this information on two VHF channels (frequencies 161.975 MHz and 162.025 MHz – old VHF channels 87 & 88) and make this data available to the public domain. Other vessels or base stations are able to receive this information, process it using special software and display vessels locations on a chart plotter or on a computer.