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Pluspetrol Equips Helicopters with Blue Sky Network's GPS Tracking Transceivers

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Satellite Technology Feature Article

January 22, 2010

Pluspetrol Equips Helicopters with Blue Sky Network's GPS Tracking Transceivers

By Rajani Baburajan, TMCnet Contributor


Blue Sky Network, a global provider of GPS tracking and communication solutions for land, sea and aviation assets, announced that Pluspetrol, reportedly the largest oil and gas producer in Peru, picked Blue Sky Network’s GPS-based aviation tracking devices to follow and stay in contact with its contracted helicopter fleets.

 
Pluspetrol has equipped its fleet with Blue Sky’s D2000A flyaway kit, an ultra-portable tracking solution that allows the devices to move seamlessly from one ’copter to another.
 
Because of its ultra portability, D2000A system saves significant costs associated with purchasing flight trackers for each fleet the oil producer contracts with, said company officials.
 
D2000A also stands out with its battery life lasting up to 12 hours, company officials added. With this, the device allows managers to monitor their fleets day or night, without worrying about losing battery charge.
 
The tracking device also features short code messaging interface, a Mayday button and an Ethernet port for connecting to any laptop or PDA. The Mayday button sends messages to Blue Sky Network’s SkyRouter Web portal, along with alerts to programmed e-mail addresses and mobile phones. SkyRouter is accessible to anyone on the ground with an Internet connection.
 
Carlton van Putten, Blue Sky Network’s senior vice president of Marketing, said, “Safety of personnel and internal communications are paramount in any industry, but especially for oil and gas workers who rely on helicopters every day.”
 
“The D2000’s advanced communication capabilities provide Pluspetrol’s workforce with peace of mind that they are on track and safe in the event of an emergency,” he said.
 
Blue Sky utilizes Iridium’s satellite network to ensure that Pluspetrol’s fleet will be in communication anywhere in Peru, South America or across the globe, the company said. Iridium (News - Alert), according to Blue Sky, is the only true global satellite provider.
 
Blue Sky Network recently announced that its newly launched ultra-portable D410A flight-following and messaging transceiver operated on its first flight spanning two continents. D410A was used to track the location of a jet traveling from Brazil to the United States on January 6, 2010.

Rajani Baburajan is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Rajani's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Marisa Torrieri

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