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SKYEYE and Telekom partner in new technology

SKYEYE (Left to Right) Don Ross, Neil Constantine (Gamma logistics) Christopher Saili and Gibson Satu (SKYEYE). Photo from SKYEYE

SKYEYE Solomons Ltd (SSL) and Telekom have begun working together to help deliver a GPS vehicle and vessel tracking solution for the Solomon Islands.

Over spending on fuel, vehicle accidents and passenger safety aboard boats are some of the leading concerns for customers wanting to GPS track their vehicles or vessels.

Managing Director for SKYEYE Christopher Saili said, “Every year business and government vehicles around the Pacific waste an incredible amount of money on wasted fuel, we wanted to create a solution that could save our customers money and time.”

Working with Telekom has enabled the GPS tracking technology developed by SKYEYE to work in the Solomon Islands.

The technology requires the use of Telekom’s expansive network and a SIM card is placed in each GPS device to enable the location of the vessel or vehicle to be transmitted to the client’s phone or computer.

Customers such as Markwarth Oil, Tropic Glass Builders and Solbrew can now monitor the speeds of their vehicles as well as locations the vehicles or boats spent time at.

Managing Director of Gamma Logistics Neil Constantine recently had the SS Charisma installed with a vessel monitoring system and already has seen the benefits.

He said, “Having the SKYEYE system onboard the Charisma now allows me to view the location of the ship at any time providing it is in coverage, we carry passengers and cargo to Makira so safety of the passengers is a priority.”

“Without the help of Telekom SKYEYE would have to use expensive Satellite systems and would be too expensive for medium to smaller operators.

“Telekom’s network coverage across the Solomon Islands means that SKYEYE can deploy its solutions right across the provinces.”

SKYEYE not only deploys GPS tracking technology but also specialises in the use of drone technology or remotely piloted aircraft (RPA).

SKYEYE has conducted over 100 individual flights in the Solomon Islands and its applications vary, says Managing Director Christopher Saili.

“Last year we concluded a project where we counted all the organic coconut trees in Samoa using drones, last week we flew drones for a farmer wanting to measure his land so it’s hard to say what drones are particularly used for as we keep finding new ways to use the technology.”

Christopher acknowledges that SKYEYE wouldn’t be able to develop its technology without the support of the local business community.

“GPPOL in particular were very supportive of our solutions and engaged us at a very early stage of setting up here in the Solomon Islands, this has allowed us to grow and provide employment opportunities for young Solomon Islanders to learn cutting edge technology.”

Through its partnership with Telekom SKYEYE hopes that it can inspire young Solomon Islanders to be excited about technology, its possibilities and understand that technology and innovation can be developed right here in the Solomon Islands.


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