The following diagram from IALA guideline shows a good overview of AIS networks. Several building blocks of AIS network are depicted in the diagram.
A chain of AIS AtoN Stations allows for communication from an AIS Base Station to AIS AtoN Stations that are remotely located and unable to communicate directly with
the Base Station.
This optional feature allows boats in a group to operate stealthily to boats that are not in the group.
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