TracPlus, August 02, 2017 - Global tracking service provider TracPlus has been selected by the State of California to provide full flight tracking and voice communication services across the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection’s (CAL FIRE) airborne firefighting fleet.
The fleet of over 50 aircraft, which includes North American-Rockwell OV-10A, Bell UH-1H, Beechcraft King Air 200, and Grumman S-2T aircraft, will be fitted with Flightcell DZMx dual-mode tracking and voice devices supported through TracPlus’ full suite of end-to-end services.
This will allow CAL FIRE to track its fleet at 15-second intervals over cellular networks, and automatically switch to a slower reporting rate over the Iridium satellite network where necessary. This significant upgrade will also deliver a high level of detailed, real-time fire event data from bucket and tank systems.
"We are proud to have been chosen to provide these critical services in support of CAL FIRE’s mission. This contract builds on seven years of real-world experience in supporting airborne
firefighting in Australia at state and federal levels. This decision reflects our unshakable commitment to delivering the very best in mission-critical support services to airborne emergency services world-wide.” says TracPlus Global’s Chief Innovation Officer Chris Hinch.
About CAL FIRE: The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) is an emergency response and resource protection department. CAL FIRE protects lives, property and natural resources from fire; responds to emergencies of all types, and protects and preserves timberlands, wildlands, and urban forests. The department’s varied programs work together using ongoing assessments of the condition of natural resources and challenges of an increasing population to plan protection strategies for California.
Department personnel and equipment are a familiar sight throughout the state with responsibility for protecting over 31 million acres of California’s privately owned wildlands, as well as providing some type of emergency service under cooperative agreements with 150 counties, cities & districts.
About TracPlus: TracPlus is a global tracking service that uses the latest satellite, web and mobile technology to deliver secure real-time tracking, messaging and voice communications to first responders and emergency services, as well as other private, business, military and government customers worldwide.
About Flightcell International Ltd: Flightcell International is a global producer of airborne integrated-mobile communications, providing satellite and cellular data, voice and tracking to over 3500 commercial and military aircraft worldwide. Flightcell are the innovators and manufacturers of Flightcell DZMx, the world’s only all-in-one Iridium and cellular solution for voice, data, and aircraft tracking.