posted on December 25, 2014 11:16
Luxembourg, 19th December 2014 - The Luxembourg Government signed a new agreement with the Joint Undertaking (JU) between HITEC Luxembourg S.A. and SES TechCom S.A. - in partnership with Luxembourg Air Rescue - to extend the emergency.lu rapid response solution for a duration of six years.
emergency.lu is addressing the challenge of worldwide rapid response capacity and preparedness for humanitarian emergencies by providing a solution to fill the communication gap in the first hours and days after a large-scale disaster. The solution provides communication facilities in remote areas due to chronic humanitarian crises. It is being deployed since January 2012 following the initial contract signature in April 2011. Since then, emergency.lu has been productively deployed on multiple missions: South Sudan, Mali, Venezuela, Nepal, Philippines and lately in the Ebola prone regions in Africa. The emergency.lu solution is greatly appreciated by the international worldwide humanitarian community and has become an essential element in the disaster relief toolbox.
The success of the emergency.lu system swayed the Directorate for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg to not only continue the service offering, but even to extend the system. As such the number of rapid deployment kits is being augmented by ten additional terminals. These devices are consisting of an inflatable antenna plus redesigned NoSaCo® Rapid terminals which are entirely manufactured in the Grand Duchy by HITEC Luxembourg. These devices are making up the field infrastructure in case of natural or manmade disaster which require immediate intervention. The Grand Duchy is also investing in 30 new transportable or disposable antennas for long-term humanitarian missions to be used with HITEC Luxembourg’s new NoSaCo® Rack.
The satellite capacity used in emergency.lu to ensure a worldwide coverage is being extended. “On behalf of SES and as a member of the NSCF-emergency.lu joint undertaking, we are pleased to provide the Luxembourg Government and their development partners, among them the UN World Food Programme, with a satellite-based communication infrastructure including satellite capacity and services that will ensure the availability of quick and reliable data and voice communications in disaster relief theatres,” said Gerhard Bethscheider, Managing Director of SES TechCom.
“emergency.lu shows the technical expertise of HITEC Luxembourg in both domains of satellite ground segment and of ICT. The extension of the agreement with the Luxembourg Ministry demonstrates the success of the developed solutions and proves that we have met the expectations of our client on reliability, resilience and quality of service demanded by the public safety and humanitarian aid community,” stated Yves Elsen, Managing Partner and CEO of HITEC Luxembourg.
Both Luxembourg based companies, SES and HITEC Luxembourg, are honoured to continue – together with Luxembourg Air Ambulance - the involvement in humanitarian aid and disaster relief through the continued agreement with the Luxembourg Government.
emergency.lu is a unique and innovative integrated platform including applications, end devices and communication technologies. With the ability to deploy these rapidly to the crisis site, emergency.lu can assist major disaster relief and other emergencies, independent from existing infrastructures. These abilities create a pioneering platform that will promote the efficiency in rapid response and facilitate the processes. The concept based on know-how from Luxembourg combined with experience from international partners is the first one offering such a high degree of flexibility and performance.