SKYTRAC and GigSky cellular partnership
By Wings Staff
SKYTRAC Systems Ltd. of Kelowna, BC, and GigSky Inc. of Palo Alto, CA, today announced a partnership to deliver what they describe as highly available mission-critical data to the aviation industry through global high-speed cellular connectivity. SKYTRAC will add GigSky cellular connectivity in more than 200 countries to their DAL-200 onboard communications server –adding to longstanding satellite and WiFi connectivity capabilities.
SKYTRAC explains its users can expect to leverage downloading of FDM/FOQA and HUMS data, automatic updates to Electronic Flight Bags with flight plans and charts, weather to the cockpit services, VIP cabin connectivity, medical data transfers, and more.
The DAL-200 will provide connectivity to WiFi-enabled devices in the cockpit and in the cabin leading to deployment of services to the flight crew. This connectivity, explains SKYTRAC, will automate previously manual processes while generating operational efficiencies and enhancements to customer service. The SKYTRAC cellular data solution powered by GigSky is now available as an integrated service on the DAL-200.
“SKYTRAC chose GigSky to implement cellular data service on the DAL-200 given their experience in the aviation community and the investments they have made in deploying mission-critical mobile data networks for airlines across the world,” said Jan van der Heul, vice president of sales and marketing at SKYTRAC. “By leveraging multiple roaming networks and redundant data centres, they offer a hardened telco infrastructure our clients can trust.”
GigSky, a provider of cellular connectivity and eSIM solutions for consumers, businesses, and manufacturers, has developed a global position in multi-meshed carrier networks since its founding in 2010. “We see the connected aircraft as the next big advance in efficiency and safety within aviation. Our history of delivering EFB data solutions to the global aviation industry and now, our partnership with SKYTRAC, has driven us to develop a cellular data network with a keen focus on service quality and collaboration,” said Vikas Chand, vice president of sales at GigSky Inc.