New guidance system for aerial applicators

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Hemisphere GPS announced the release of Satloc G4 - a comprehensive and advanced aircraft guidance system for aerial applicators. Satloc G4 delivers Web-based connectivity along with a high-level of guidance performance through an intuitive lightbar and graphical display. This new product enables aerial application companies and their pilots to leverage web-based services in order to make their jobs more efficient and bring a higher quality of service to their customers.

Satloc G4’s connectivity feature offers pilots the ability to transfer application data wirelessly, accept work orders and maps through the Internet, access the guidance system from remote locations such as the office, truck or mobile device, and directly communicate through Skype™ audio and video.

Based on the top-of-the-line processing power of the Intel Core i7 processor and Microsoft Windows 7, 64-bit operating system, Satloc G4 was designed to plug into a connected landscape. It lends itself to an entirely new level of instant communication, data retrieval and transfer, knowledge center access, and improved training and troubleshooting methods. Combining this with G4’s guidance patterns, background maps, and automated flow control capability, pilots are able to fly and apply with improved performance, efficiency, and safety.

“The G4 represents a paradigm shift in our technology offerings as it has moved away from simply being a GPS focus. It is now about the ability to track, move, use, and create data. All this makes companies more efficient, most importantly by saving them time and money,” says Greg Guyette, General Manager of the Air Business Unit at Hemisphere GPS. “Additionally, moving to a web-based world gives us the ability to connect to all the tremendous tools that already exist, such as Google Earth, Skype, and live weather data. This helps our customers improve the quality and safety of their work.”

Satloc G4’s custom display features a 9-inch, 16:9 ratio touchscreen capable of providing instantaneous video graphics and supports multi-touch gestures such as pinch-to-zoom, rotate, and press and drag to access information. Background maps enhance flight navigation and confidence by displaying application and position data over actual ground images. Satloc G4 offers many types of data ports such as Ethernet and USB, including a remote HUB that provides three powered USB ports for convenient access in the cockpit.

Satloc G4 connectivity becomes even more valuable when used with Hemisphere GPS’ HQ, a real‑time web‑based asset tracking and management tool. With HQ, aerial application companies can track the position and position-related data of aircraft and other assets, such as spotter vehicles and loader trucks. Aircraft can share information amongst other aircraft or with ground crews and use estimated arrival times for all tracked assets making the entire operation more efficient.

Satloc G4 is available through the Hemisphere GPS Air Products global dealer network and has generated over $1M in pre-order sales. Shipments are scheduled for the first quarter of 2012. For more information about Satloc G4 visit www.satlocg4.com.


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