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Iridium-based tracking for RAL

  • Friday, 25 January 2008 | News

Royal Arctic Line (RAL), Greenland's principal shipping company, is to install a real-time global tracking system by Blue Sky Network aboard its fleet.

The system will utilise Blue Sky Network's D3000 transceiver and the Iridium satellite network, will allow for interactive and automatic vessel status notifications, and provide tracking and two-way text messaging to any location on Earth.

Operating in the Arctic, and occasionally the Antarctic, RAL operates a container vessel fleet between 13 main ports in Greenland and other destinations, as well as maintaining service to 60 settlements in Greenland. The full polar coverage provided by Iridium will allow the company to keep track of its vessels wherever they are sailing.

?Sailing schedules can be very difficult to adhere to in the Arctic. But now with Blue Sky Network we have an added degree of reliability,? said Lars Borris Pedersen, operations department, Royal Arctic Line. "We are now able to see the real-time vessel positioning so we can anticipate arrival times."

RAL will also use the tracking and messaging transceiver to safely route vessels and receive weather and ice updates. Working with Blue Sky Network's secure asset management portal, SkyRouter, RAL has online access to vessel locations, event notifications and interactive mapping with Google Earth integration, with the added capability of allowing its own customers and partners to track vessel locations as well.

The D3000 Iridium/GSM transceiver offers security features such as panic alerts, inactive alerts, and start and stop notifications.

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