January 22, 2008
Blue Sky Network Brings Global Maritime Tracking to the Arctic With Royal Arctic Line
Blue Sky Network, the global logistics solution provider for two-way linking and managing transportation assets via satellite, today announced Royal Arctic Line (RAL), Greenland's principal shipping company, chose Blue Sky Network for its on-ship communications needs. RAL will deploy a global system of communication and real-time tracking using Blue Sky Network's D3000 transceiver and the Iridium satellite network. The new equipment will streamline fleet management for RAL through interactive and automatic vessel status notifications.
Working in the harsh environments of the Arctic and occasionally Antarctic, RAL operates a container vessel fleet between 13 main ports in Greenland and other foreign destinations as well as maintaining service to 60 settlements in Greenland. The Blue Sky Network D3000 provides tracking and two-way text messaging to any location on Earth, making it easy for RAL to have constant communication even in the remote areas that it operates. The previous position reporting system used by RAL did not provide full coverage of certain areas of the Arctic and Antarctic so they never knew exactly where crews were. Blue Sky Network's equipment changes this process for them.
"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, Royal Arctic Line, operations department. "We are now able to see the real-time vessel positioning so we can anticipate arrival times."
To navigate effectively through extreme weather conditions, RAL depends on the D3000 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.
"We are excited to work with RAL, to provide greater fleet security and alleviate communication difficulties associated with the Greenland region," said Jon Gilbert, president, founder and CEO of Blue Sky Network. "Extending the scope of Blue Sky Network customers and partners also reinforces our goal of providing the most reliable and cost-efficient communication and tracking technology for all transport organizations."
The D3000 Iridium/GSM transceiver offers security features such as panic alerts, inactive alerts, and start and stop notifications. Additional features such as trip planning and event reporting will keep RAL in full control over the entire vessel fleet at all times.
About Blue Sky Network
Blue Sky Network is the leading provider of global logistics solutions for two-way linking and managing remote transportation assets via satellite. Using its interactive Web portal, SkyRouter, with detailed mapping and integration with Google Earth, Blue Sky Network links enterprises to personnel and assets anywhere on earth over the Iridium satellite network. Advanced data and voice products enable users to customize features including safety and event reporting. Blue Sky Network's exceptional customer service and management team make it the perfect partner for adding true global communication to your transport network. For more information, please visit www.blueskynetwork.com.
About Royal Arctic Line
Royal Arctic Line is Greenland's principal shipping line. For more information, please visit www.ral.gl.