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Spire Upgrades Maritime Data Platform with Open-Source Query Support

By Jeffrey Hill | October 20, 2021
Photo: Spire Global.

Photo: Spire Global.

Space-based data, analytics, and services provider Spire Global released an updated version of its maritime data service on Wednesday. The upgrade, “Maritime 2.0,” aims to improve Spire’s marine data capabilities, including vessel location, weather forecasting, Automatic Identification System (AIS) global shipping activity monitoring, and data processing to optimize real-time decision making.

Maritime 2.0 adds support for the GraphQL open-source query language, which is deployed at other enterprise technology platforms such as Atlassian, GitHub, New Relic, Intuit, and Shopify. Spire customers will be able to use GraphQL to query Spire data and integrate it with those platforms. The company also said that customers using the updated platform will see a 20% increase in daily messages from global terrestrial data.

“Our customers have asked for more coverage, precision at scale and even cleaner data delivery,” said Spire Senior Vice President John Lusk. “We are committed to providing continuous innovation across our maritime solutions. Maritime 2.0 delivers on this promise with the data and analytics needed to address port congestion, save fuel for maritime vessels and streamline today’s strained global supply chains.”

The Maritime 2.0 rollout announcement also came with an endorsement from a Spire end user. Ryan Lloyd, head of research and development of geospatial company Geollect, said that his organization had access to the beta release of Maritime 2.0 and has been using Spire’s AIS data to map vessel locations.

“As data volumes increase, customer requirements expand and diversify, and technology evolves, it is integral for data providers to continuously improve how they deliver their data. It is innovations such as the Maritime 2.0 GraphQL API that embody why Spire is a leader in AIS data and delivery,” said Lloyd.