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Saudi Helicopters Equiped With Portable GPS Tracking and Communication Device

SkyRouter interface is accessible to anyone with an Internet connection. Additionally, the kits feature an extended battery life of up to 12 hours.
by Staff Writers
La Jolla, CA (SPX) Oct 29, 2010
Blue Sky Network, a leading global provider of GPS tracking and communication solutions for land, sea, and aviation assets, announced that the Red Crescent Authority of Saudi Arabia, the Saudi Arabian equivalent of the Red Cross, will be installing Blue Sky Network's GPS-based aviation tracking devices on its first-aid helicopter fleet after a successful trial-run conducted during the first half of 2010.

Aboard the Red Crescent's helicopters are Blue Sky Network's D2000 flyaway kits, a rugged and portable solution that will provide the Red Crescent Authority with continuous satellite communications and offer unparalleled safety features.

The D2000 flyaway kit operates with the aid of the only truly global satellite provider, Iridium Communications Inc. This system ensures that the Red Crescent Authority's fleet will be able to communicate at all times with ground crews wherever their routes take them.

Other features include short code messaging interface, Ethernet port for connecting to any laptop or PDA, and a Mayday button, which sends messages to Blue Sky Network's SkyRouter Web portal, along with alerts to programmed e-mail addresses and mobile phones.

SkyRouter interface is accessible to anyone with an Internet connection. Additionally, the kits feature an extended battery life of up to 12 hours.

"The D2000 kit provides pilots with greater confidence, knowing that they are always in communication with ground control. This deployment will go a long way in improving the safety of the Red Crescent Authority's rescue and first-aid operations," said Steve Wells, Blue Sky Network's Vice President of Sales.

"Now the fleet will benefit from better tracking and communication, especially during the tremendously busy pilgrimage season, for which The Red Crescent Authority is the sole provider of emergency health services."




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