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Smith Myers formally kicks off its North American expansion strategy when it makes its U.S. event debut at Heli Expo (Booth 4826, March 8-10, Dallas, Texas), to showcase ARTEMIS, an award-winning mobile phone detection and location system designed specifically for airborne SAR (search-and-rescue) and disaster relief.
The global specialist in the design, development, manufacture and support of application specific cellular network and handset capabilities is celebrating 35 years since it was established by a team of UK design engineers.
ARTEMIS turns any mobile phone into a rescue beacon, only requiring two antennas to generate a latitude/longitude fix at up to 19 nautical miles (35km), offering a radical and effective alternative to traditional airborne sensors:
- Texting and calls in no service areas
- Possible automatic cueing of EO/IR (electro-optical/infra-red)
- Deployment as a stand-alone with embedded mapping or integrate with leading mission system providers
- Making missions in low light/ IMC (instrument meteorological conditions) safer and increasing the odds for a positive outcome
- Available in several SWaP configurations for manned/unmanned platforms
The move to integrate the solution across manned and unmanned aircraft in North America, follows the announcement by Smith Myers in February that the ARTEMIS mobile phone detection, location and communication suite has been integrated into the new Robotics Center Echo SAR (Search and Rescue) payload for small unmanned aerial systems (UAS) built by Teledyne FLIR Defense.
“ARTEMIS airborne capabilities are available for use on manned rotary and fixed-wing platforms and drones with large and small payloads,” explains co-founding director Peter Myers, who leads the launch team in Dallas. “Already proven with service with AW101 Norwegian all-weather search-and-rescue helicopter, this life-saving technology can be deployed across payload categories down to a small quad-rotor UAV, providing a whole new capability to SAR operators working in the most difficult conditions.”