Techno-Sciences, which the McMurdo Group recently acquired, said the Australia Maritime Safety Authority and Maritime New Zealand selected it to deploy their next-generation satellite-aided search-and-rescue systems.
McMurdo said the Medium-altitude Earth Orbit Search and Rescue, or MEOSAR installations will be the first such systems in the Asia-Pacific region and will significantly reduce the time between a distress beacon activation and the resulting emergency alert notification from hours to minutes, greatly accelerating the rescue coordination effort by SAR personnel. As a result, survivors will be found faster and more lives will be saved.
“Australia and New Zealand have two of the largest SAR regions in the world and we are pleased to help them create a more responsive system for those needing assistance in an emergency," Orolia and McMurdo Group CEO Jean-Yves Courtois said in a statement. "This key win and TSi’s recent deployment of the only two MEOSAR systems in another major SAR region — the United States — firmly establish McMurdo Group as the premier MEOSAR infrastructure provider globally," he added.
The deal, which exceeds $17 million, includes a six-antenna MEOSAR satellite ground station system (MEOLUT) in each country, a common Mission Control Center in Canberra and associated support and maintenance. Installation is scheduled to start in September and is expected to take 15 months. The installation phase will be followed by a 10-year maintenance period.
“Australia has the second-largest number of registered distress beacons in the world,” AMSA chief executive Mick Kinley said. “AMSA is continually looking to take advantage of new technology in its search-and-rescue system, and the MEOSAR system will allow us to detect and respond to beacon activations in a more timely manner. The awarding of the contract to TSi has been the result of a rigorous tender process, and AMSA is confident its engagement of TSi will enable AMSA to stay at the forefront of lifesaving technology."