Compared to other marine navigation technology, AIS is a relatively new innovation. However, in little over ten years, the technology has come a long way including international mandates, technological developments and international standards.
Historically, other forms of marine navigation had been effective in navigating from one place to another; but, with safety in mind, further enhancements were needed. The lack of vessel identification, coupled with time delays and the inability to see headings and speeds led to the development of AIS and the increase in safety especially in busy waterways.
Scroll along the below timeline to view key dates in the development of AIS.