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Badan SAR Nasional Selects Thuraya Services to Provide Vital Satellite Communications for Search and Rescue Efforts in Indonesia

Solutions from Thuraya Telecommunications Company, a leading Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) operator, have been selected by Badan SAR Nasional which is the National Search and Rescue Agency for the Republic of Indonesia to improve its search and rescue efforts in the country.

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. This will 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,” said Robert Demers, Vice President of Government Services at Thuraya.

Mr. Sutono, Director of Communications at Badan SAR Nasional said, “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.”

“PT Mega Sarana Satelit is excited to be working with Thuraya and their hardware vendors and solution providers to provide the services to Badan SAR Nasional,” said Mrs. Rusidah Suhardi, President Director of PT Mega Sarana Satelit. “Thuraya has worked closely with us on this project to understand the complex requirements of Badan SAR Nasional and to design a complete end-to-end solution that will support all SAR operations for years to come.”

*Source: ME NewsWire

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