Since the earliest days of TracPlus, we’ve been passionate about supporting our customers’ missions, be they offshore rescues, patient transfers, airborne firefighting, tourism flights or agricultural work. But our focus was primarily on how to share the dots on a map within our community - how could an air rescue pilot easily share their tracking with a rescue coordination centre, or a contracted firefighting aircraft share their tracking with two dozen different state and federal agencies?
It’s not about dots on maps anymore
It was (and, for some of our customers, it still is) all about the dots. Yes, dots on maps are important. They provide a wealth of essential information. And if you are trying to locate a missing aircraft or better understand what a Coast Guard vessel is doing, the more dots, the better. That’s why we were the first in the world to support cellular IP tracking for the Flightcell DZMx, and why we launched the revolutionary RockAIR last year with unlimited cellular tracking.
But while GPS is great at telling you where an aircraft is and where it has been, it can’t tell you where that aircraft is going or why. It knows nothing of a pilots intentions, or how many people are on board, or how much fuel remains on board.
Go right to the source
So we’ve turned to the tools that our customers use. By working with app developers OzRunways and AvPlanEFB, we can not only provide reliable air-ground and air-air communication anywhere in the world, we can also capture mission-specific information such as pilot, destination airport, fuel, POB, flight rules and ETA.
We’ve also launched forms support for TracPlus Connect, allowing anyone with a mobile device and a compatible tracker to complete and send customised forms from anywhere in the world, even outside cellular coverage. A pilot can submit a flight report, a skipper can send a catch report, or a forestry worker can sign off at the end of the day.
Presentation is everything
All that information is of no use if it’s not readily available, so this month we are launching another world first — Operational Status Boards.
Operational status boards complement our maps by presenting a mission-oriented view of what is happening right now and in the immediate future — which aircraft are available, what they are doing, and their current status. Designed in close consultation with the Air Desk team at St John Ambulance, our status boards are now being used to manage all of the air rescue helicopters throughout New Zealand.
It’s not just for big organisations
Any of our customers can have a status board of their very own to manage and display their status in a highly visible and visually appealing way - whether in a reception area, offices around the country or even across different organisations around the world. And we’re making status boards even smarter, so that flight plan information sent from EFB apps and TracPlus Connect will update status boards automatically.
For TracPlus, the future of tracking is not just about dots on a map, it’s about reliable communication, collaboration and coordination. Status boards are an exciting new way we’re bringing that future to our customers in a way that they can use, every single day.