Saudi Red Crescent equips fleet with Blue Sky Network’s tracking/comms device

Saudi Red Crescent equips fleet with Blue Sky Network’s tracking/comms device

21-Oct-2010 Source: Blue Sky Network

Blue Sky Network, a leading global provider of GPS tracking and communication solutions for land, sea, and aviation assets, announced today 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.”

About Blue Sky Network

Blue Sky Network is a leading global provider of voice and data services via the Iridium satellite network. Our aviation, marine and vehicle products for GPS tracking, real time flight tracking and fleet management provide reliable fleet tracking and communication services. Blue Sky Network’s solutions serve the Aviation, Oil and Gas, Government, Forestry, Mining, Supply Chain Management and Intermodal Transportation markets. Founded in 2001, Blue Sky Network is headquartered in La Jolla, California with customers and distributors worldwide. For more information about our company and solutions, visit the Blue Sky Network website at

About Saudi Red Crescent Society

The Saudi Red Crescent Society (SRCS) was founded in 1963. Internally, it provides emergency medical services and helps in evacuating victims of accidents and disasters, while externally, it is a member of the international federation for the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. It has recently been elevated to authority status. The Saudi Red Crescent Authority (SRCA) is under the guidance of HH Prince Faisal Bin Abdullah. SRCA created a Self Operation Program in order to develop even further their ground and flight paramedics it has by reaching out to paramedics all over the globe to assist them in raising the level of their paramedics in the Kingdom.

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