Smith Myers expands footprint in North America

Smith Myers Press Release | March 4, 2022

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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.

ARTEMIS airborne capabilities can be deployed across payload categories including the Teledyne FLIR’s SkyRanger R70 drone. Smith Myers Image

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.”

Founded in 1987 by Tony Smith and Peter Myers, the pioneering innovators have focused on designing disruptive technology for Network Operators, Government Agencies, Law Enforcement, Military, and Search and Rescue organizations. The successful business model includes partnering with aircraft and ground-based vehicle OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) and integrators, including some of the world’s largest organizations. 

“We started with the fundamental philosophy to make things simpler for the end user by producing smart tools for smart users. That remains a strategic focus underpinned by our engineering expertise, which has enabled us as a truly agile business to constantly push new technology boundaries and expand our product portfolio,” says Peter Myers. 

Artemis has been in active service saving lives with the Royal Norwegian Airforce for Search and Rescue duties with the Leonardo AW101, and has received many international awards, including the coveted Royal Aeronautical Society Silver medal.

This press release was prepared and distributed by Smith Myers.

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