As part of this month’s focus on safety and survival following an emergency, we’ve discussed how to prepare for and survive after an emergency event and assembled a quick-look checklist you can use to ensure you’re prepared if you’re ever faced with a difficult situation. (Download it here if you haven’t already!)
Today, we’ll be continuing the theme by looking at how Spidertracks’s Spidertxt 2.0 communications platform can (and should) be used as part of an emergency management system.
What is Spidertxt 2.0?
Spidertxt 2.0 is a two-way communications tool that allows operators to stay connected to their aircraft, no matter where they are in the world and even in the most remote regions with no communication infrastructure.
Spidertxt 2.0 is built on the capabilities of Spidertracks’s first-of-its-kind Global Cross-Channel Communication (GC3) service — a web that harnesses the power of various channels (including the Iridium satellite network, cellular/wifi, and even GSM handsets) to provide customers with constant coverage across the planet. When you’re flying, GC3 utilises every available channel to determine how best to send communications and to guarantee successful transmission and reception of messages.
So how does an asset like this fit in with your emergency management system?
The value of Spidertxt 2.0
The value of a tool like Spidertxt 2.0 is obvious. Imagine, if you will, knowing without a doubt that you’ll always be able to communicate in real-time with your pilots, even when they’re flying out of range or traversing the world’s remote places. Flight plans need changing? No problem. Just want an update on how things are going? Easy.
Now imagine how advantageous an asset like that would be if one of your aircraft got itself into an emergency situation. You’d be able to message your pilot, learn details of what happened, and make plans for aid and rescue — all in real-time, without having to worry about lack of reception or traditional communication infrastructure.
As a regular communications channel, Spidertxt is invaluable as part of your aviation operations. But you can also look at it as a backup — and emergency situations are all about having the necessary backups to help you survive.
Spidertxt 2.0 will work anywhere as long as it’s able to communicate with the Iridium network through a Spider. To use it, you simply pair your smart device (cell phone, computer, tablet, etc.) with the messaging tool. Once you’ve paired it, you can send messages from person to person rather than from number to number, and you can transmit to and from any platform or device running on the Spidertracks network.
GC3 will make sure your messages get where they need to go, and they’ll do it quickly thanks to the size of 2.0 texts, which are smaller than equivalent iMessages.
All this comes together to create the ultimate emergency communications tool and to offer operators a truly priceless feature: peace of mind.