TimeCaster - SpaceQuest

TimeCaster, Maerospace, Marine, SpaceQuest, AIS

The GeoService TimeCaster - SpaceQuest provides a real-time feed of enhanced AIS satellite data. The default AIS source are data from Spacequest. If you need historical data sets, choose our unique Global AIS Archive.

This reliable real-time maritime information gives commodity traders in the oil and gas business, fleet owners and operators, environmental agencies, finance industry and marine insurance companies piece of mind with accurate location of highly valuable assets and cargo on the sea.

Get ahead of your competition by using the most current and accurate information (up to 14 fold improvement) about the movements of ships, or ship traffic within a port or region. The Service also gives you future location prediction several hours into the future. Our flexible pricing scheme makes the service affordable for businesses of any size. You can maximize flexibility by booking monthly or minimize cost by purchasing a yearly subscription.

Your benefits 

Basic configuration

  • Know ship arrivals in advance and verify other sources such as crew reporting
  • Predict where a ship will be in the near future
  • Discover if a ship is making unauthorized port calls
  • Maintain compliance with Marine Insurance covenant
  • Track in real-time own and/or competitor’s fleet
  • Identify when a ship is attempting to hide by disabling its AIS

Advanced configurations

We are happy to provide more info on advanced configurations and help you in your use of AIS data. For example,

  • If you do not want to deal with cryptic AIS messages, ask us about subscriptions to customized reports.
  • Optional alerts: You can receive alerts for ships that stop transmitting for an unusually long time.

Product description 

Based on raw AIS data the TimeCaster service predicts the current and future positions of all ships globally as of a common time (“now” or in the near future).

  • Improved accuracy:
    TimeCaster improves accuracy of the actual and predicted ship positions by 4- to 14-fold compared to raw satellite and terrestrial AIS data. Raw AIS data position errors range from 75 - 160 nmi, while TimeCaster increases the accuracy to 10-30 nmi through the predictive analytics algorithms.
  • 10-Minute position updates on all ships globally:
    The service updates every ship position every 10 minutes. Other technologies only provide positions with an average age of 2+ hours and with age spreads ranging 10 minutes to more than 24 hours. TimeCaster also predicts all ship positions several hours into the future.
  • Less ambiguous:
    The service automatically detects, tracks and predicts locations for Doppelgangers. Doppelgangers present a significant issue: 9,000+ MMSI’s (i.e. ship identity numbers) are used by more than one ship every day. The existence of a Doppelganger can cause a ship to disappear from a display, makes the static (e.g. name, IMO number) and voyage (e.g. destination) data ambiguous and makes track histories unreliable.
  • Easy to integrate:
    TimeCaster provides a data stream that can directly feed your existing display and analytics systems. It supports NMEA4, OTH-Gold or customized data interface standards.

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Start date
E.g., 2018-04-21
TimeCaster - SpaceQuest



Powered by 

SpaceQuest satellite AIS data

Off the shelf 


Update frequency 

Real time service, all vessel messages w/o satellite delay

Position update 

Every 10 min

Position accuracy 

4x better than raw AIS data

Access mode 

Filetransfer, API

Setup time 

2 weeks



Configure and order 

  • Live feed packages: Select the number of ships you want to track around the globe. Alternatively you can select an area within you like monitor all ships.
  • Configuration: The standard configuration grants access to one named user and is valid for internal usage.
  • Start date: Select the date when your service shall start.
  • Subscription period: Select how long you like to have access to your service
  • Remarks: Insert any questions or comments here.

Please note 

Beyond the standard options individual product configurations are possible. Our GeoExperts are standing by to optimize the product configuration according to your needs. Just contact us.

  • Daily reports instead of live streams
  • Fleet reports and alerts can be configured to simplify the usage of this advanced AIS data
  • Special services designed for oil trading are available
  • External usage can be granted at additional costs
  • TimeCaster AIS data can be combined with optical or SAR satellite imagery from CloudEO for increased maritime situation awareness

Pricing / Licensing