AirSatOne today introduced Flightstream SA, a free service that allows the aircraft operator to speed up their SatCom internet and save on data usage. FlightStream SA offers a full set of 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 highly mobile network under control.
“Our competition charges its customers for a similar service that has fewer features and operates on a limited network which means your data will have to take more hops which increases latency and slows down your internet. 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. Our internet point-of-presence are located in New York City (USA), London (UK), Amsterdam (NL), Aussaguel (FR), Oslo (NO) and Hong Kong (CN). It costs more to do this but it gives AirSatOne a competitive edge,” said Jo Kremsreiter, president of AirSatOne.
Flightstream SA is designed to simplify management of inflight 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 simple and quick account management and to administer internet policies to the group. The service also allows the ability to analyze traffic usage, both near real-time and historical, and instantly block high bandwidth sites that are causing excessive data usage.
“AirSatOne has documented that a single device connecting to iCloud can use up to 200 megabytes (MB) 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,” said Jo Kremsreiter, president of AirSatOne.
FlightStream SA features:
· Account profile of a the customers aircraft(s)
· Remote configuration of personalized firewall
· Customized set of pre-configuration filters that can be implemented on demand
· Ability to see near real time traffic (data) consumption
· Fleet management capabilities with the ability to create aircraft groups for wholesale group management
· Web compression
· Web filtering with predefined categories and custom filtering
· Multi-language capability – English, German, French and Spanish.
The service is operational now and available to all AirSatOne customers.