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2010

was a pivotal year in the maritime world

Then, Commercial satellites became available

While ships have been sailing the oceans for millennia, until very recently it was literally impossible to know a vessel’s location once it sailed past the range of the radar screen, about 30 miles off shores

Ships are now mandated to transmit their location and destination to satellites via the AIS system, making ships offshore ‘visible’ for the first time

But the AIS system has had two very significant unintended consequences:

Information Explosion:

The amount of data collected from ships each day – well over 100 million data points - amounts to Maritime Big Data

Corrupted Picture:

This data is increasingly unreliable and intentionally manipulated

our story

And so came another pivotal moment in 2010:

The founding of Windward

We bring big data analytics, powered by a deep understanding of the shipping domain, to the oceans. Our platform aggregates millions of data points per day, identifies and corrects AIS manipulation, and recognizes anomalies and uneconomic behavior.

The result? We provide our customers with real visibility into what’s at stake for them at sea, whether they are tracking single ships or global commodity, trade or shipping patterns.

AIS has created an ocean of data.
Windward is making sense of that ocean.

This is Oceans 2.0

Life at Windward

Windward’s secret sauce: our team

A core Windward principle is that our customers are only as good as the data they rely on. Another is that we are only as good as the people we rely on.

Our team is made up of smart, curious, creative, non-traditional thinkers. Our work environment is fast-paced, collaborative and, more often than not, a lot of fun. Everyone needs a job, but what people love about working at Windward is tackling intellectually challenging problems, being part of a team, and harnessing their smarts to solve a real world, global challenge: understanding what’s at sea.

Our Crew

Our team is our single greatest asset.
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Come Aboard

Our team brings its expertise, curiosity and desire to charter new waters, pun intended, to a little-understood but hugely important global challenge: understanding ship activity worldwide. Our work deals with real-world challenges and directly impacts decision makers across industries, with a focus on Intelligence and Finance.

Windward is only as good as its people, so we are always looking for good people.
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your oceans

Windward is revolutionizing our understanding of vessel activity across the oceans. We combine big data analytics and deep shipping expertise, resulting in unprecedented visibility and knowledge of what’s at sea

Why Windward?

Knowing what’s happening at sea – from tracking a single ship to understanding commodity trade flows - is essential for decision makers across industries. But despite the huge stakes involved, this world remains opaque, with unreliable, fragmented data. It is, in a way, the last ‘wild west’ frontier.

We believe that our customers have the right to know what’s at stake for them at sea - from revealing the real identity and destination of a single ship to uncovering global trading patterns – and we are empowering them with the data, analysis and predictive capabilities they need to solve problems, make decisions and monetize their interests at sea.

Welcome to your oceans, solved.

The Windward Edge

  • Windward was founded on a simple premise:

    Your decisions are only as good as the data you rely on.

    The Challenge: AIS data, the industry standard for anyone making decisions related to individual ships or larger shipping and commodity trends, is vast, with over 100 million data points generated by ships daily. Worse, the data is increasingly unreliable as intentional manipulation and hacking is on the rise given the massive financial and security stakes at sea. The ramifications of relying on inaccurate data, from security through finance and shipping, are truly staggering.

    The Solution: We bring two very distinct disciplines – big data analytics and deep shipping expertise - to bear on one of the world’s most intractable but least explored global challenges: understanding ship movement and activity worldwide.

  • Our solution is a powerful marriage of two very different, but highly complementary, perspectives:

    • BIG DATA
      Cutting edge analytical algorithms that fuse, analyze and integrate the data, cyber validate the information, and correct any hacking and manipulation
    • DEEP SHIPPING EXPERTISE
      An ‘old school’ discipline that gives us the insights key to powering our algorithms: deep understanding of shipping behavior and of regional and global shipping patterns.
  • This unique combination of old school shipping expertise with cutting edge data analytics is at the heart of Windward


    The result: unprecedented visibility on what’s at stake for YOU across the oceans.

  • Intelligence

    Know What’s Coming Your Way

    Windward Intelligence is transforming the ‘wild west’ of vessel activity into accurate and actionable intelligence. Our Intelligence customers - intelligence, security and law enforcement agencies - get the real-time alerts, predictive abilities and deep research tools they need to anticipate and proactively respond to threats heading to their shores.

    • Security agencies worldwide are facing an extraordinary challenge: the oceans are teeming with activity – resulting in over 100 million data points per day - and ships bearing criminal, terrorist or military-related threats can originate anywhere in the world.
    • However, the data is completely reliant on each ship’s self reporting. An honors system might work in some domains, but expecting all vessels worldwide to report their identity and destination honestly seems, from an Intelligence perspective, a bit naïve.
    • Windward Intelligence was developed to address these specific challenges. We are transforming the ‘wild west’ of vessel activity into accurate and actionable intelligence. Our Intelligence customers – navies, coast guards, intelligence communities, security and law enforcement agencies get the real-time alerts, predictive abilities and deep research tools they need to anticipate and proactively respond to threats heading to their shores.
    • Know: what is truly happening at sea
      • Integrate and analyze all vessel data worldwide from multiple maritime databases and open sources
      • Validate all AIS data, taking a ‘trust no one’ approach to ensure all data is accurate and reliable
      • Flag fraud using sophisticated countermeasure algorithms and fraud-detection analysis
    • Uncover: powerful insights on seemingly innocent vessels
      • Build comprehensive behavior profiles and patterns on each vessel and area worldwide
      • Map global trade by combining shipping expertise with pattern recognition algorithms
      • Identify behavioral anomalies, such as ship-to-ship activity, as indicators of suspicious vessels requiring closer scrutiny
    • Alert: early warning on emerging and imminent threats
      • Identify risk indicators among vessels worldwide
      • Alert in real-time on suspicious vessels entering an area of interest
      • Provide access to rich research and query tools for historic and predictive investigation
  • Finance

    Monetize the Oceans

    There are powerful economic implications to understanding – or misunderstanding - maritime trading worldwide. Commodity traders, hedge funds, private equity firms, banks, and shipping companies all make huge financial decisions related to worldwide shipping and commodity flows that are only as good as the data they rely on.

    • There are powerful economic implications to understanding – or misunderstanding - maritime trading worldwide. Commodity traders, hedge funds, private equity firms, banks, and shipping companies all make huge financial decisions related to worldwide shipping and commodity flows that are only as good as the data they rely on.
    • But there are two serious problems with AIS data, today’s industry standard: It is completely dependent on self-reporting, opening the door to rampant hacking and manipulation. Second, the satellites that receive ship transmissions are not ‘smart,’ as many people assume, and have no ability to verify the data.
    • If you stop to think about it, you realize something quite staggering: Huge financial decisions are made every day, unknowingly and unwittingly, based on flawed, and often intentionally manipulated, AIS data.
    • This is why Windward’s technology is a game changer: We employ cyber countermeasures to validate and correct all data and profile every ship worldwide based on its actual (vs. reported) behavior, allowing us to quickly identify who is ‘bluffing,’ which ships are displaying uneconomic behavior, and what the real global and regional trends are. The result: accurate, reliable, un-hacked data on vessel movements worldwide.

The Windward technology gives our customers an extraordinary advantage:

knowing what’s truly at sea

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