Indonesia to use Thuraya for SAR

The National Search and Rescue Agency for the Republic of Indonesia, Badan SAR Nasional, is to implement a range of Thuraya systems for use in its search and rescue efforts.

The government agency 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 Agency is comprised of the National Search and Rescue Centre, Rescue Coordination Centres and a Rescue Coordination sub-division.

The contract for the initial phase has been awarded to Thuraya's local Service Partner, PT Mega Sarana Satelit of Indonesia, and is scheduled for completion over the course of 2014.

"Thuraya is pleased to support Badan SAR Nasional to enhance their search and rescue operations," said Robert Demers, vice president of government services at Thuraya.

"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."

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