Automatic Identification System (AIS) is a short range coastal tracking system that is used on ships and leisure boats for identifying and locating vessels automatically by exchanging electronic data with other nearby ships and vessel traffic stations. AIS information supplements, but does not replace, marine radar, which continues to be the primary method of collision avoidance for water transport. For more information visit: www.allaboutais.com
AIS products are split in to two different classes:
Class A products are for ships over 300 tonnes or which are SOLAS vessels and are required to meet the guidelines set out in the Marine Equipment Directive.
Information provided by AIS equipment, such as unique identification, position, course, and speed, can be displayed on a screen or an Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS). AIS is intended to assist a vessel's officers and allow maritime authorities to track and monitor vessel movements. The system integrates standardised VHF transceiver systems and Global Positioning System receivers, with other electronic navigation sensors, such as a gyrocompass or rate of turn indicator.
AIS Testing from TÜV SÜD
TÜV SÜD can complete type testing on behalf of AIS equipment manufacturers worldwide to ensure that the products are able to communicate with any other AIS equipment in use and that the system integrates with marine products such as the communications and navigation systems.
Our comprehensive testing laboratory, based in Fareham, Hampshire is fully equipped to conduct all the testing required by IEC61993-2 (Class A), IEC62287-1 (Class B), IEC62320-2 (A to N) etc, which includes EMC, Environmental, Safety, RF and Protocol testing all under one roof.
AIS Certification from TÜV SÜD BABT
TÜV SÜD's certification body, TÜV SÜD BABT, is a Notified Body under the Marine Equipment Directive 2014/90/EU. For certification to the Marine Equipment Directive, TÜV SÜD BABT can carry out conformity assessment procedures for Modules B, D, E, F and G.
Once a technical file has been compiled, TÜV SÜD BABT can certify your products, the assessment consists of Type Examination and Product Control. A successful certification assessment from TÜV SÜD BABT will result in your products gaining the Marine Equipment Directive Wheel Mark.
Although TÜV SÜD BABT provides certification for the Marine Equipment Directive, it is not mandatory to get your products tested by TÜV SÜD. Any 17025 accredited test house can be used. However, TÜV SÜD is the UK's leading Environmental, Radio Frequency, EMC and Safety testing laboratory, offering all these services under one roof.
If you choose to use TÜV SÜD and TÜV SÜD BABT respectively for testing and certification of your products, you will receive a one-stop service enabling you faster market access, provided from one location with one project manager as your single point of contact – making testing and certification a simple process.
How can you get your Class B AIS product approved?
TÜV SÜD can offer a complete test service for AIS Class B devices and TÜV SÜD BABT has certified many of these devices under the RED Directive. If the Class B device is for sale in the USA and/or Canada, we can provide a test and certification service for both countries.
Your benefits at a glance:
We can conduct in-house testing for AIS equipment
Testing and certification is provided under one roof at our comprehensive laboratory in Fareham, Hampshire
Short lead times enabling quicker time to market
Locally based auditors for factory audits
A team of technical certifiers
We can perform testing at manufacturers premises if required
USCG (US Coast Guard) certification under the EU/US MRA