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McMurdo Launches MEOSAR Online Knowledge Center

McMurdo, the world’s most trusted name in emergency readiness and response, announced today that it has launched a web-based MEOSAR Knowledge Center.

The site is a dynamic information portal for MEOSAR (Medium Earth Orbit Search and Rescue), the next generation version of the Cospas-Sarsat international search and rescue (SAR) satellite system that has helped to save over 40,000 lives since 1982. Distress beacon owners, government agencies, media groups and other SAR-related personnel globally will be able to track the progress of MEOSAR’s deployment and better understand its functionality through a variety of informational and educational materials.

“As the premier supplier of end-to-end Cospas-Sarsat solutions, McMurdo is proud to continue building awareness of MEOSAR and the significant benefits that it brings to the search and rescue community,” said Remi Julien, McMurdo President.

“We started by showcasing a working MEOSAR system in our world-leading, state-of-the-art Emergency Readiness and Response Experience Center last year, and now we are launching this online digital gateway so that critical MEOSAR information is available to a more widespread, worldwide audience,” he added.

MEOSAR Knowledge Center screen shot

MEOSAR Knowledge Center information includes:

• MEOSAR roll-out and deployment schedule status

• MEOSAR benefits and its impact on existing SAR products, technologies and systems

• MEOSAR’s role in SAR initiatives such as the European Commission’s HELIOS project to develop next generation 406MHz beacon solutions

• Use case examples including the first MEOSAR-related rescue story

• Educational webinars, presentations and press articles

• Important Cospas-Sarsat resources and materials

When fully deployed in the next few years, MEOSAR will greatly improve the existing SAR process with global coverage, near-instantaneous distress beacon detection and a unique Return Link Service feature that acknowledges distress signal receipt.

MEOSAR’s advanced technologies, for example, will be able to accurately detect and locate a distress beacon signal almost instantaneously instead of taking 45 minutes or longer today.

McMurdo recently installed the first MEOSAR systems in the U.S., Australia, New Zealand and other countries around the world. 

“Our decades of experience in pioneering the latest SAR advancements, our leadership position as the only company that provides an end-to-end SAR ecosystem and our ongoing commitment to saving lives put us in the unique position to provide continuous education on important subjects such as MEOSAR,” Julien added.

About McMurdo:
McMurdo is a global leader in emergency readiness and response including search and rescue and maritime domain awareness solutions. At the core of these solutions are resilient positioning, navigation and tracking products, technologies and applications that have helped to save over 40,000 lives since 1982. A division of Orolia, McMurdo brings together nearly 150 combined years of experience by consolidating proven Boatracs, Kannad, McMurdo, SARBE and Techno-Sciences, Inc. brands into the industry’s first end-to-end emergency readiness and response ecosystem (distress beacons, satellite connectivity infrastructure, monitoring/positioning software and emergency response management solutions). Airbus, Boeing, the British Royal Navy, the U.S. Coast Guard, NASA and others are among the hundreds of aviation, fishing, and government, marine and military customers around the world that trust McMurdo to prevent emergencies, protect assets and save lives. Established in January 2014, McMurdo has offices in France (Guidel and Sophia Antipolis), the U.K. (Portsmouth) and the U.S. (San Diego and Washington D.C.).

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