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August 13, 2013
Blue Sky Network Adds Map Overlay Enhancements to NewSkyRouter
By Frank Griffin, TMCnet Contributing Writer
When asset tracking solutions are deployed around the world, the installed hardware provides many different sets of data to fleet managers. This information allows the manager to make informed decisions to protect the asset and take appropriate action if there is a problem or an emergency. Blue Sky Network, a supplier of satellite tracking and communication solutions for aviation, land and marine environments, announced it is adding new map overlay enhancements to NewSkyRouter, a cloud-based fleet management solution.
When an asset is located in a specific area, having different map overlays helps the manager get more information about the location. Each additional overlay provides new sets of data points. The new overlays for NewSkyRouter include third-party weather feeds and localized traffic from Bing Maps. Companies with large fleets can use this information to manage the assets and provide the best possible route to improve fleet efficiency by avoiding dangerous weather conditions and slow traffic. It also provides new oil and gas lease block overlay to help offshore operators in the Gulf of Mexico to transport equipment and personnel to platforms and rigs.
The information for the weather overlay is provided by WSI (News - Alert) Corporation, a global provider of weather-driven business solutions for professionals in the aviation, energy, insurance and media markets, as well as multiple federal and state government agencies. Accurate and up-to-date weather information can be delivered to the assets so they can make routing adjustments.
"Weather is an uncontrollable and unpredictable factor that can significantly affect the safety of fleets. We are excited to be providing our leading weather technology – a data cloud API that provides convenient access to weather data to enhance New SkyRouter and supply fleet managers with important data that can affect an asset's safety and efficiency," said Mark D. Miller, vice president and general manager of WSwithI.
SkyRouter is a cloud-based Web portal supporting the remote monitoring of globally dispersed mobile assets integrated with Blue Sky Network's best of breed hardware to provide GPS position reports, special events, two-way messages and telemetric data. The new service is in beta release and the company expects it will be in production by September 2013.
"We are raising the bar when it comes to comprehensive fleet management solutions and empowering fleet managers with important information to be accessed seamlessly from any location. With the new overlay features, we are providing operators with a more complete view of their assets' changing situations and allowing them to quickly address any operational concerns," said Jon Gilbert, CEO of Blue Sky Networks.
Edited by Alisen Downey
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