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The purpose of SARFOS is to develop a forward emergency response coordination and communication system using a combination of latest technologies in the field of integrated satellite and terrestrial communication, navigation and information databases. In response to demand, the aim is to define, implement and finally demonstrate a prototype system designed especially for and in cooperation with key mountain rescue services.
|The innovation of the SARFOS project is the ability to provide services in rural or remote areas without any terrestrial communication system coverage. Mobile satellite communication will be seamlessly integrated so the individual user won't have to bother with the availability and selection of individual communication links.|
The SARFOS project focused on the development of a forward emergency communication system. The innovation of the SARFOS project was to provide the services also in rural or remote areas without terrestrial communication system coverage.
Rescue personnel are not in the situation to bother with complicated technological tasks or to carry around ineffective tools. The support system, and especially the communications gear, has to be highly mobile, automated, ruggedized and easy to use.
A solution to the communication coverage problem is the "Wireless Communication Router" (WICOR) that has been successfully demonstrated to ESA in a project carried out by the companies Oecon and Telematica. The demonstrated WICOR solution however, still requires a notebook computer and numerous cable connections on the user terminal side, thus being rather bulky and not ready for end user application.
The SARFOS project will be carried out in three phases:
Key milestones were:
|Baseline Design Review||March 1, 2005|
|Mid-Term Review||December 6, 2005|
|Final Review||May 18, 2006|
The SARFOS project was successfully finished with the Final Review and the Final Presentation at ESTEC on May 18th 2006 and is now on the way to industralisation and further development.