Search and Rescue Organisations
Integrated Communications and Control Systems
The International Conference on Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) was convened in London, following the tragic sinking of the Titanic in 1912. Representatives of 16 nations signed an agreement which obliged them to introduce a package of uniform regulatory practices designed to safeguard the lives of seafarers. This became known as the SOLAS convention.
67 Years later and the maritime world changes again
In 1979, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) decided that a coordinated SAR infrastructure and new global distress & safety system should be established to improve the safety of life at sea. The system took advantage of the latest technologies, giving birth to the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS). The GMDSS ensures that search and rescue authorities on shore, as well as ships in the immediate vicinity of a ship or person in distress, are rapidly alerted to a distress incident. This means that all available resources can then assist in a coordinated search and rescue operation as quickly as possible. The system also covers urgent, safety-related communication, including distribution of maritime safety information (such as navigational and meteorological warnings and forecasts). Every ship, irrespective of its location, can perform those communication functions, which are essential to its safety and the safety of other ships operating in the same area.
Frequentis systems are specifically designed for use in safety-related environments and for 24/7 operation. Our systems stand out because they don’t just deliver superior performance in “sunny” conditions – you get 100% from the system when you need it most, i.e. in exactly those weather conditions that can lead to calamities at sea.
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