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Spidertracks Presents A “New Tracking Solution” At HeliOps

7 May 2015

Spidertracks Presents A “New Tracking Solution” At HeliOps Myanmar

New Zealand-based real-time aircraft tracking company spidertracks will present their new Spider S6 and tracking solution to commercial operators and government regulators this week at the HeliOps safety conference in Myanmar.

Spidertracks’ marketing manager Todd O’Hara will be discussing the current challenges of tracking in the region and the benefits of satellite-based tracking for operators and regulators. Mr O’Hara says he’s excited to be able to share the benefits of real-time tracking with operators in the region.

“Real-time satellite tracking is still a relatively new concept for a lot of people. The idea that you can see where an aircraft is from almost anywhere in the world still seems like a pipe dream.

“We want to share the reality that these sorts of solutions exist and aren’t as expensive as people might imagine. The Spider S3, for example, allows an operator to see where an aircraft is and what it’s doing from any internet-connected device for less than $1000USD. Sending the data isn't cost prohibitive either at around $2 per hour to run, less than a litre of Avgas.

Spidertracks’ CEO James McCarthy adds that new products coming to market this year allow even greater precision and reliability in terms of aircraft data.

“The Spider S6 opens the door for real-time flight data monitoring, a rapidly developing part of the industry.

“It’s no longer just enough to know where your fleet is. Operators now want to know how their assets are being flown, and with the Spider S6, we’ll be able to provide that insight in real-time,” says Mr McCarthy.

A pilot himself, Mr. O’Hara says that while satellite tracking doesn't necessarily decrease the risk associated with flying, it can provide a better response if something goes wrong.

“Unlike older radio-based tracking systems, satellite tracking isn't just a point-to-point transfer of information in which someone must receive what’s been sent. Satellite tracking automatically receives information sent from the aircraft, and spidertracks’ patented system can even raise an alert automatically if an aircraft disappears.

“At the end of the day, it’s about increasing safety. When you’re operating in a higher-risk environment or in remote areas, or when you’re performing higher-risk tasks, you can put your mind at ease knowing that no matter where you are in the world, someone will know instantly if you need help.”


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