Posted on: 24 February 2014 by Mark Howells
AirSatOne has launched Flightstream SA, a free service that is designed to offer aircraft operators faster SatCom internet capability and reduced data usage.
Flightstream SA aims to simplify management of in-flight internet services and is accessible remotely with an internet connected PC. Operators have the ability to create an aircraft network and to control their network using AirSatOne support or their own IT department. Fleet operators have the option of creating virtual groups of aircraft for account management and to administer internet policies to the group. The service also allows the ability to analyse traffic usage, both near real-time and historical, and instantly block high bandwidth sites that are causing excessive data usage. The system offers multi-language capability in English, German, French and Spanish.
FlightStream SA provides web filtering, compression and management features that can be turned on or off and changed at any time without having to gain access to the aircraft. Changes can be made to single aircraft or wholesale to an entire fleet or groups of aircraft in the fleet. Flightstream SA is ground based, does not require hardware or software to be installed on the aircraft and allows flight departments to get their mobile network under control.
“AirSatOne’s FlightStream SA is deployed worldwide on internet point-of-presence located at or near satellite earth stations allowing the most efficient handling of data going to and from the aircraft,” explained Jo Kremsreiter, president of AirSatOne. “AirSatOne has documented that a single device connecting to iCloud can use up to 200 megabytes of data or more, which results in airtime charges around $1,200. With FlightStream SA these updates can be blocked on a single aircraft or a group of aircraft while allowing the user(s) to have internet connectivity for normal activities.”