ARTEMIS in The News

ARTEMIS as a beacon of best practice for SAR

Biggleswade, Bedfordshire — 28th April 2022 —Smith Myers ARTEMIS, the award-winning Mobile Phone Detection and Location Sensor, designed specifically for airborne Search & Rescue and Disaster Relief. “The Royal Norwegian Airforce Rescue Service recognise ARTEMIS as a beacon of best practice for SAR”

Lately, ARTEMIS has been making the news and it doesn’t get any better than hearing directly from the customer and end user about just how this new sensor is making a difference to their real operations every day.

“We had a particular mission last week in icing conditions to find missing people in the mountains.  While we couldn’t land due to the terrain and weather conditions being so bad, we could pick them up on the mobile phone detection and location system.  The coordinates were so accurate that when we handed these over to the team on the ground, they were able to find them in 15 minutes!”

Colonel Tord Aslaksen – Commander RNoAF SAR Helicopter Wing – Norway

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ARTEMIS ability to enhance and expedite Search & Rescue Operations is spreading even further, including this national news report on Norway’s NRK TV, encouraging hikers to take their mobile phone with them on any expeditions.

ARTEMIS turns any mobile phone into a rescue beacon. Using only two small antennas, the system generates quick and accurate location fixes as distances up to 35 km.

“I know that getting equipment built, tested, and delivered on time is critical. Especially difficult in these very challenging component and supply chain markets we find ourselves.” Said Amanda Barker, Smith Myers Production Manager. “It doesn’t stop there.  We strive to make sure our customers are supported to the highest level.  This is a long-term relationship and I am very proud to be part of this program.”

As well as letting people know about this new and important capability on the National News, 330 Squadron have taken to informing people on their Facebook page. The system has already saved many lives and letting people know about it can only lead to more and more positive outcomes.

Smith Myers have been part of this program, with Leonardo Helicopters in Yeovil, since 2016, with both companies working closely together to bring this unique and ground breaking sensor into service on the world’s most advance search and rescue helicopter, the AW101………The SAR Queen!

The teams’ effort were further recognized when they were awarded the prestigious Royal Aeronautical Society Silver Medal.

“Everyone here at Smith Myers understands the key role each and every person plays in this life-saving capability.” said Richard Ridgewell, one of Smith Myers Senior FPGA Engineers for over 12-years. “To see our technology on such a fantastic platform and receiving such amazing plaudits from our customers is really, really fulfilling”.

As the roll-out of The SAR Queen continues in Norway, Smith Myers is looking forward to continuing to support Leonardo Helicopters and The Royal Norwegian Airforce Rescue Service on this World Class Program.

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