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
The combination of ship transmissions via AIS and other data sources has created a new information era in maritime data.
The amount of data collected on ships each day – hundreds of millions of 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 data sciences, powered by a deep understanding of the shipping domain, to the oceans. The Windward Mind is the only place in the world that aggregates and analyzes all maritime data and provides an accurate and actionable picture of what’s happening at sea.
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.
There is an ocean of maritime 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 a data and analytics company, bringing unprecedented visibility to the maritime domain.We have built the world’s first maritime data platform, the Windward Mind, which analyzes and organizes the world’s maritime data,making the data accessible and actionable across verticals.
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 and insights they need to solve problems, make decisions and monetize their interests at sea.
Windward was founded on a simple premise:
The Challenge: With over 90% of the world’s trade transported over the oceans, data on ship activity is critical to decision makers across industries. But despite the huge stakes at sea, there is no visibility on ship activity worldwide: the data is massive, with hundreds of millions of data points per day, fragmented, and often intentionally manipulated. The oceans are the last analog market and the world’s missing data link.
The Solution: The Windward Mind is the only platform in the world that aggregates, analyzes and vets all maritime data, globally 24/7. The Windward Mind then takes the data and creates a unique Vessel Story on each ship worldwide, a complete history of each ship’s activities over time.
This unique combination of old school shipping expertise with cutting edge data analytics is at the heart of the Windward Mind.
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: