Base stations offer a link between vessels sailing within range and a command centre located inland.
AIS base stations offer the chance to form an AIS network long a country's coastline that enhances national security and forms a link between the sea and monitoring centre further inland. AIS base stations are able to relay information from AtoNs as well as vessel information to a monitoring or command centre further inland, aiding national security.
Base stations also allow control over the slot map by reserving space for AtoNs using FATDMA to broadcast into.
Base stations can offer many different connectors, allowing connection to many different display systems, including PCs, chart displays, or wireless enabled devices. They can be found in AIS stations along the coast housing large antennas that maximise VHF range.