Government Security News has named McMurdo, an Orolia brand, the winner of two national search and rescue technology awards in its annual Airport, Seaport, Border Security Awards Program. McMurdo won Best Search and Rescue and Best Man Overboard Tracking in the Maritime/Port Security/Underwater Vehicles and Communication Systems categories, respectively.
McMurdo delivered a series of industry firsts to revolutionize the way search and rescue missions are conducted today. In 2001, McMurdo was the first to deliver individual emergency distress devices with its Personal Locator Beacon (PLB). The U.S. Coast Guard has recently selected McMurdo to provide up to 16,000 PLBs to enhance crew safety. In 2011, McMurdo delivered the first Man Over Board (MOB) devices. Today, their MOBs provide extremely accurate location information and transmit automatically when a life jacket inflates, according to the company.
Orolia holds a pioneering role in search and rescue (SAR) technology. The company’s position as the top provider of Medium Earth Orbiting Search and Rescue (MEOSAR) satellite-aided technology has reduced the time required to detect emergency signals from hours to near instantaneous detection.
McMurdo’s comprehensive SAR ecosystem converges critical emergency readiness and response solutions, including coastal surveillance, maritime fleet management and maritime/aviation incident management. With McMurdo’s satellite SAR solution, local rescue coordinators reportedly can detect, locate and rescue people in distress faster and more reliably than ever before.
“We’re honored to be recognized for two national search and rescue technology awards,” said Mark Cianciolo, VP Americas for Orolia. “At Orolia, we’re focused on taking the ‘search’ out of search and rescue missions, with more than 42,000 lives saved so far.”
McMurdo offers emergency readiness and response solutions with the only end-to-end solutions for SAR satellite-aided technology, from voyage data recorders and distress beacons to satellite ground infrastructure, mission control centers and rescue coordination centers. Half of the world’s MEOSAR satellite ground infrastructure has been installed by McMurdo, as well as the manufacture of 25% of the world’s 500,000 registered beacons, according to the company.
Orolia provides resilient positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) solutions designed to improve the reliability, performance and safety of critical missions. With locations in more than 100 countries, Orolia provides virtually fail-safe GPS/GNSS and PNT solutions.