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
The amount of data collected from ships each day – well over 100 million data points - amounts to Maritime Big Data
This data is increasingly unreliable and intentionally manipulated
And so came another pivotal moment in 2010:
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.
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 team is our single greatest asset.
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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 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
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.
Windward was founded on a simple premise:
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Windward technology gives our customers an extraordinary advantage:
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There are huge stakes involved in understanding ship activity worldwide. And yet, the data available on ships today is increasingly unreliable and intentionally manipulated. A new research report from Windward examines, for the first time, the extent of real world data manipulation at sea and the vast implications of this fast growing, but little understood, global trend.