NSRC announced the decision at the International Search and Rescue Conference and Exhibition, which it hosted in Abu Dhabi between 21 and 22 November.
The ARTEMIS system will be installed across its entire SAR helicopter fleet – which NSRC General Manager Dr Stephen A Toumajan said ‘will lead to more rapid and positive SAR mission outcomes’.
He added that the ARTEMIS system ‘outperformed … during extensive in-country testing’, and that its adoption was part of NSRC’s ‘ambitious vision … to consolidate a culture of excellence’ in the SAR sector.
ARTEMIS is designed to accurately locate mobile telephones with an extended range of over 30km using both GPS and Cellular Protocol techniques. The system also provides a number of additional workload-reducing capabilities, such as mass-mapping and geofencing.
The NSRC also recently announced the introduction of Vita Aerospace’s Vita Rescue System (VRS) across its operational fleet.