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UAE’s Thuraya Signs MoU with China’s Huawei at INTERPOL 2017

Photograph courtesy of Thuraya.

Thuraya Telecommunications Company signed a MoU with Huawei at the INTERPOL WORLD 2017 exhibition, held from July 4-7, 2017, in Singapore. This important global event was an occasion to showcase several initiatives in public safety by different organizations.

Thuraya’s partnership with Huawei specifically merges innovative capabilities for crisis and disaster management solutions. With over 20 years of experience in relief communications, critical communications and disaster management, Thuraya is a trusted partner in advancing applications for widespread deployment in emergency situations via satellite connectivity. The company’s satellite broadband and M2M terminals, satellite phones, SatSleeve adaptors and other integrated solutions designed for critical communications give first responders and relief organizations robust connectivity options in the midst of disasters. The ‘convergence’ of satellite and terrestrial GSM services gives users the much-needed flexibility to control communications and related costs in disaster regions.

Thuraya further enables the swift and secure coordination of civilian government efforts in mission-critical situations by supporting ISR and SAR teams with vital, real-time voice, video and data exchange between dispersed command centers, decision-makers and personnel in the field. The recent launch of Thuraya Aero enhances these capabilities by delivering constant, uninterrupted airborne satellite communication to government and relief aviation operations. Solar-powered voice, fax, internet and SMS services can also be set up via Thuraya’s network to help affected communities stay connected with the rest of the world.

“This partnership is an exciting opportunity to develop agile solutions for faster, more reliable collaborative search and rescue efforts,” said Jassem Nasser, Chief Strategy Officer at Thuraya. “We have worked with governments, medical teams and NGOs worldwide to train aid workers and deploy communication systems effectively during times of crisis. Our commitment to the Crisis Connectivity Charter with ESOA (EMEA Satellite Operator’s Association), GVF (Global VSAT Forum), UN OCHA and the Emergency Communications Cluster enables response teams with quick and smooth access to satellite-based communications in disaster regions. In recent years especially, Thuraya’s network connectivity and our rapidly deployable mobile solutions have been crucial for urgent humanitarian work as well as extended monitoring of crises zones. They played a critical role during the Indonesian national search for Air Asia flight QZ 8501, the earthquakes in both Japan and Nepal and the West African Ebola outbreak. We continue to collaborate with various NGO- and government-coordinated efforts on safety, search and rescue missions.” Jassem added.

Commenting on the cooperation with Thuraya, Roy Chen, Vice President of Government & Public Utility Sector, Huawei Enterprise Business Group, said: “Huawei is delighted to partner with Thuraya to innovate in the area of crisis and disaster management. Leveraging industry-leading ICT solutions and an ever-growing collaborative public safety ecosystem, Huawei, together with Thuraya, aims to improve government emergency departments’ practical capabilities, based on advanced satellite network, ensuring uninterrupted service, better protects human lives and properties from disasters and helps people take preventive measures.”

Developed along with 18 partners, Huawei is featuring the Collaborative-C4ISR Public Safety Solution at INTERPOL 2017, which includes a collaborative command and control center (C-Command & Control); collaborative communications network (C-Communication); collaborative cloud platform (C-Cloud),) collaborative video cloud platform; and a collaborative IoT platform (C-Reconnaissance). The event aims to establish a pathway for digital transformation within public safety and government entities by focusing on collaborative ‘visualization’ and ‘integration’ development trends.

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