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Thuraya to provide satcoms for rescue efforts in Indonesia

Badan SAR Nasional to use solutions to enhance data services, video surveillance for operations at sea

Indonesia’s national search and rescue agency has chosen Thuraya’s solutions to improve emergency relief efforts in the country. Badan SAR Nasional will be installing a combination of Thuraya IP terminals, the Thuraya Integrated Communications Solution from Ultra Electronics – AEP and Thuraya NettedComms from Speakerbus to integrate its headquarters’ capabilities with all branch offices, ships, portable units and land mobile units.

The aim is to enhance voice and data services as well as video surveillance and interoperability on crucial operations at sea. The agency is comprised of the National Search and Rescue Center, Rescue Coordination Centers and Rescue Coordination sub-division.

The contract for the initial phase has been awarded to Thuraya’s service partner PT Mega Sarana Satelit of Indonesia and is scheduled for completion over 2014.

“Thuraya is pleased to support Badan SAR Nasional to enhance their search and rescue operations. The combination of Thuraya’s accredited solutions running over our robust Thuraya IP service will enable the agency to connect their branch offices and ships at sea to their headquarters via a private network, to communicate instantly and securely within closed user groups,” says Robert Demers, Vice-President of Government Services at Thuraya.

Mr Sutono, Director of Communications at Badan SAR Nasional, says, “Time is of the essence with search and rescue operations. Thuraya has demonstrated an in-depth understanding of our needs and has been working with us to develop a bespoke and highly reliable solution that will boost our communication needs immensely.”