(Longyearbyen, 16 May 2018) Telenor, Andøya Space Center and Robot Aviation are joining forces to develop and test Norwegian unmanned aerial systems in order to improve preparedness in Svalbard.
Commercial shipping, tourism and cruise ship traffic to Svalbard and the surrounding marine areas have all grown dramatically in recent years, and this growth is set to continue. Norwegian technology companies want to start using unmanned aerial systems to improve situational awareness, meet communications needs and make us better able to handle incidents.
– Large geographic distances and areas without satisfactory coverage for mobile communication, VHF or Maritime Broadband Radio (MBR) in the area around Svalbard could prove to be challenging in the event of situations such as accidents or natural disasters, explains Guttorm Albrigt Hansen, Head of Telenor Svalbard.
Testing an emergency response drone
Now Telenor Svalbard, Andøya Space Center and Robot Aviation are joining forces to develop and test Norwegian emergency response unmanned aerial systems, which will be fitted with telecommunications equipment as well as photo and video cameras, radar and other sensors.
The system is initially intended to be used for emergency response in the event of major accidents or disasters. The team will then assess whether the system is suitable for other purposes, such as inspection work after avalanches, animal counting and temporary communications coverage.
About the project
The three parties involved on the project are all bringing specialist expertise and experience to the partnership. Collaboration is essential if the project is to be implemented successfully, as it is expected to be difficult both in terms of technology and the climatic conditions in which they will be operating. The project is expected to last for around one year. Start-up is planned for June or July 2018.
The parties behind the project
Robot Aviation develops and produces fixed-wing unmanned aerial systems for monitoring, inspection, safety and emergency response missions. The systems are designed to operate under challenging conditions with extensive endurance and range.
For more information, see www.robotaviation.com. Contact representatives:
Børre Larsen, CEO, mobile +47 93057333, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Niklas Nyroth, Director of Sales and Marketing, mobile +46 708961246, email@example.com
Telenor is a leading supplier of telecommunications systems, with extensive experience in construction and operation in the Arctic regions. Telenor Norway uses Svalbard as an arena for innovation and testing of new technologies, with a particular focus on emergency response systems. Telenor Svalbard supplies fibre services to all the residents of Longyearbyen, as well as the latest mobile technology, with excellent coverage in large parts of the areas in which the vast majority live and operate.
For more information, please contact:
Guttorm Albrigt Hansen, CEO Telenor Svalbard, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, telephone: +47 90036537
Andøya Space Center (ASC)
Andøya Space Center supplies advanced services relating to launching rockets with scientific payloads, scientific measurements from ground stations, space-related training, as well as testing civilian and military applications. The ASC has many years of experience in advanced operations using large drones and in Arctic region operations.
Telenor Norge AS is Norway's largest provider of telecommunications and digital services. Our infrastructure is the foundation for digitising Norway, with its world-class coverage and high speeds. Our services and products contribute to increased productivity and provide access to everything that the digital world has to offer. Our services and products help to improve productivity and provide access to all digital content. Our security and preparedness organisation works around the clock to keep our customers safe, and we are particularly aware of our social responsibility to provide security and safety for children and young people online.
We employ 3400 people in 23 offices across Norway and we are a part of the Telenor Group, which has operations in 12 countries. Our main office is located on Fornebu in Baerum.