Next Generation Dual-Mode Tracking Technology

This is no ordinary tracking system. While traditional flight trackers are limited to using satellite networks, v2track revolutionized the industry by introducing a tracker that uses both satellite and cellular networks. What’s the benefit? Lower cost, greater safety.

How? Our clever dual-mode hybrid system uses inexpensive cellular networks when available, switching to more expensive satellite networks, like Iridium, only when out of cellular range. Shifting between cellular and satellite is completely automatic. v2track saves you money—and you don’t have to do a thing.

And lower costs allow you to track with greater precision. Because cellular networks cost less to use than satellite trackers, you can affordably increase the frequency of your updates. That enables you to monitor aircraft/vehicles with pinpoint accuracy—accuracy that, in an emergency, could save lives.

Why v2track?

  • Lower operating costs.  Hybrid technology costs less to use than satellite-only systems. It combines the lower cost of cellular with the superior coverage of satellite (e.g., Iridium).
  • Superior safety.  Thanks to lower running costs, you can afford to increase accuracy. Changing your update rate from minutes to seconds will drastically reduce your search radius, allowing you to locate a plane or vehicle faster.
  • Advanced communication.  v2track not only tracks; it also functions as a sophisticated communication device, enabling advanced two-way messaging.
  • Less paperwork.  Reduce paperwork using digital manifests and EFB solutions that transmit data via the v2track system.
  • Proven track record.  v2track has effectively tracked planes, vehicles, and vessels around the world for over ten years. A proven performer.

Advanced High Rate Tracking

By default, our devices are set at either 10 or 15 second updates while connected to a Cellular data network and 2 minutes while on Satellite.  These default update rates can be set/altered to suit your requirements and with some customisation we can accommodate burst modes down to 1 – 5 seconds for specialised applications.

v2track trackers use the “Store and Forward” architecture when operating outside cellular coverage to store high detailed cellular tracking data for rapid uploading when the tracker next has a cellular connection.

Full event tracking

In addition to the regular scheduled position updates, v2track trackers also transmit additional details from on-board or external sensors.

For example with tracked aircraft, additional event positions are triggered when the system detects engine start/stop, take off/landing, significant heading changes, hovering/ground-contact, rotors-in-motion, water/Bambi discharge in addition to emergency events such as engine failure, generator failure, tail rotor failure, rapid descent and others linked to the internal gyro and accelerometer.

Industry leading Messaging / EFB solution

As the industry moves towards “paperless cockpits” v2track is leading the way with an advanced two-way messaging platform v2Connect.

v2Connect allows advanced messaging capability including the transmission of EFB data, trip manifest data, checklist completion, flight plan information and you can even use it to request en-route weather reports + more!

With v2Connect a variety of information transmitted via v2track.  Custom electronic forms could include things like Expense Claims, an Engine Trend Monitoring form, scheduling changes, Airstrip reports – anything you can think of really!

v2track Viewer

Logging in to the v2track Viewer web portal or mobile app allows you to watch all your aircraft/vehicles/assets in real-time.  It retains a permanent history of every trip/session so you can go back and review it at a later time.

Messaging

keyboardscreenv2connectphoneformat-smallv2connectmain1Our v2track devices can be used for 2-way messaging using a bluetooth connected tablet/phone app, or via our optional LCD screen and tiny QWERTY keyboard.  Messages can be sent from the v2track Viewer web portal to devices or mobile phones.  Device initiated messages can be sent to emails, mobiles, other v2track devices, and displayed to users logged into the v2track Viewer web portal.

For more information please refer to our Advanced Messaging page.

General Alerts

A variety of SMS, Email and Website Alerts can be set up for each device.  These include: Speeding Alerts, Out of Hours use and Date based alerts for tracking things like Registrations/Servicing and Odometer readings.  You can also set up Alerts to notify you when an asset enters or leaves a predefined Geographic Area.

Flight Following Alerts

We have the following Flight Following alerts available from our servers.  You can customise the parameters for your own fleet.

  • Proximity Alert: If aircraft appears to have landed (ie speed less than 10kts)
    more than 1.5 miles from a known helipad or airstrip.
  • Non Reporting Alert: A device hasn’t been heard from for more than 10 mins and
    the last position it sent it was moving.

Daily History, Playback and Reportsreports

The v2track website provides an extensive daily history allowing you to drill down into each trip and see the data in each position.  You can also plot or play-back a previous trip, view its vertical profile, or export it to Google Earth in a KML file.  There are custom reports available.  You can get a summary of information based on a period in time, ie weekly/monthly trip reports.  We can add custom reports on request.

v2track Hardware

We have two standard device options.

  1. Portable device
    This comes with the internal GPS & Iridium Antenna enabled.  No Installation required.  Just add a cellular simcard and connect to a power source. Locate the v2track tracker in a good position so it has a good view of the sky and you’re good to go!

  2. Fixed Installation device
    This comes with the rear External Antenna connectors enabled.   There is also an option to use an extension front panel so that you can mount the main hardware out of the way with a lower profile button in a place more convenient to your installation. Additionally there is an Iridium Satellite Voice option as a time of purchase or return to base upgrade option.

    We have a range of external antenna options for our ‘non-portable’ fixed devices.  These include Iridium/GPS/Cellular combo antenna for roof mounting on vehicles.  For aircraft we source TSO approved Iridium/GPS and separate Cellular antennas.

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backofdeviceSmallWith v2track you aren’t locked in to a particular configuration when you purchase our hardware.
We have designed our hardware to have a common base unit.  With the appropriate instructions a technical person (such as an Avionics Engineer or Service agent) can switch our hardware between the different configurations.   This allows v2track users to purchase a unit in one configuration and down the line change it to the other if they find it better suits their needs.

* Please note:  You can also choose to run v2track only on Cellular, or only on Satellite.  While you lose some of the advantages of a hybrid system, this may be more appropriate in instances such as where there is 100% cellular coverage and you don’t need to pay for the satellite subscription.

External Inputs

A v2track device can take feeds from a variety of sensors and transmit this data back to our website.  Our devices have a range of analogue and digital input & outputs.

In permanently mounted fixed installations the tracker has the ability to receive and transmit a Serial Feed from other components, ie GPS and engine monitoring equipment.  This saves the hassle of manually having to download data after each trip/flight.

Examples of external sensors v2track users have connected include:

  • Garmin waypoint transmission
  • Shadin engine exceedances
  • Collective switch in helicopters
  • Squat Switch/Ground contact in aircraft
  • backofdeviceSmallInertial seperator position switch in turbine aircraft
  • Engine running/failure
  • Oil pressure
  • Max continuous power exceedance
  • RPM warning light
  • Generator voltage
  • Monsoon/Bambi/hook release

To see specific features that utilise this technology refer to our Asset Specific Features page or to our Custom Solutions page.

Other Supported Devices

The v2track Platform also supports tracking of a few other devices.  Some of these are listed below.

If you have a device you would like to track via v2track, please contact us to see if it is possible.
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Iridium’s most compact handset to date, Iridium Extreme® is enhanced with more features and unique accessories than ever before:

  • Up to (4) hours of talk time, (30) hours of standby
  • Enhanced SMS and email messaging capability
  • GPS-enabled location-based services
  • Supports online tracking via v2track.
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Contact us to purchase an Iridium Extreme phone or to transfer your existing Iridium Extreme phone to the v2track system.

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