High-frequency low-cost tracking using Internet Protocol (IP) over cellular broadband is the newest development to come out of Flightcell International.
New Zealand’s innovative satellite and cellular communication company has released its next-generation tracking technology in time for HAI Heli Expo at Dallas TX in March. Cellular IP tracking provides more precise tracking by dramatically increasing the number of GPS positions sent from an aircraft. This is achieved at a significantly lower overall cost than traditional tracking.
Cellular IP Tracking uses cellular broadband data services and IP routing instead of cellular SMS or satellite data services. When out of cellular range tracking automatically switches to Iridium satellite and the reverse applies when a cellular network is available. When tracking via satellite the frequency of the position points automatically decreases to keep costs down.
This technology has been made possible by the Flightcell DZMx. The Flightcell DZMx is the world’s only all-in-one aviation communications system providing satellite and cellular voice and data communications with hybrid GPS tracking. A simple firmware upgrade will allow existing DZMx customers with cellular modems to make the most of this new technology.
Chris Hinch, Chief Operating Officer, of tracking provider TracPlus, had this to say about Flightcells’ Cellular IP Tracking: “TracPlus is delighted to support this potentially disruptive technology that Flightcell is building into their next generation DZMx. We take pride in supporting our Flightcell DZMx owners, and this initiative will increase the frequency of tracking and messaging, delivering major benefits to end users. TracPlus is already developing new exciting capabilities using this technology that will transform the cockpit environment and dramatically improve efficiencies”.
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