LUXEMBOURG, December 7th, 2015 – SES Techcom Services, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SES S.A. (NYSE Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG), received an award for emergency.lu, which has been recognised at the Better Satellite World Awards, hosted by the Society of Satellite Professionals International (SSPI).
The awards, which took place in London’s renowned Reform Club, celebrate established companies and disruptive innovators who have made the world a more prosperous, healthier, better-educated, more sustainable and an inclusive place. Recipients of the Better Satellite World Awards were evaluated by SSPI in four categories of impact: global or regional impact; distribution of knowledge for the improvement of living standards; governance and commerce; and communication and humanity. The ceremony took place on Friday, December 4th.
emergency.lu, a public-private partnership between the Luxembourg government and three Luxembourg-based companies – SES Techcom Services, HITEC Luxembourg and Luxembourg Air Ambulance, is a global, VSAT-based, multi-layer platform designed to fill the communications gap at the onset of large-scale disasters, providing support to international efforts to cope with devastating events. This year, the solution has been deployed in Nepal and Vanuatu, and earlier in Mali, the Philippines, South Sudan, Venezuela, and Ebola-affected countries in West Africa. The solution provides connectivity and applications for humanitarian interventions via dedicated SES satellite capacity and communication infrastructure.
“We are delighted to have been recognised by SSPI for such a prestigious honour,” said Alan Kuresevic, Vice President Engineering at SES Techcom Services, who was present at the event to receive the prize. “By assisting relief efforts for some of the most catastrophic natural and human made disasters of recent times, the contributions made by emergency.lu and SES have been – quite literally – life saving. It gives us great pride to have been recognised by the SSPI and its Better Satellite World Award campaign.”
emergency.lu addresses the challenge of worldwide rapid response capacity and preparedness for humanitarian emergencies by providing a solution to fill the communication gap in the first hours and days after a large-scale disaster.
The multi-layer platform consists of satellite infrastructure and capacity, communication and coordination services, satellite ground terminals for both rapid and long-term deployments, and transportation of equipment to the disaster area within the first 12 to 20 hours – all of which allow it to quickly restore communications and enable efficient rescue efforts.
emergency.lu is a public-private partnership between the Luxembourg government and three Luxembourg-based companies which design and operate and operate the platform – SES Techcom Services, HITEC Luxembourg and Luxembourg Air Ambulance. The solution provides connectivity via dedicated SES satellite capacity and uses its own infrastructure. It is provided as a public good by the Luxembourg government and works in close collaboration with the UN World Food Programme (WFP) as global lead of the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC).
SES (NYSE Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) is the world-leading satellite operator with a fleet of more than 50 geostationary satellites. The company provides satellite communications services to broadcasters, content and internet service providers, mobile and fixed network operators and business and governmental organisations worldwide. SES stands for long-lasting business relationships, high-quality service and excellence in the satellite industry. The culturally diverse regional teams of SES are located around the globe and work closely with customers to meet their specific satellite bandwidth and service requirements. SES holds a participation in O3b Networks, a next generation satellite network combining the reach of satellite with the speed of fibre.
Further information available at: www.ses.com
About SES Techcom Services:
SES Techcom Services is a 100% owned affiliate of SES, the world-leading satellite operator with a fleet of over 50 geostationary satellites, providing integrated end-to-end satellite solutions and operational services tailored to customers’ needs worldwide. Services offered by SES Techcom Services, which is ISO 9001 certified, include the design and delivery of ground infrastructure and operational services, VSAT networks, broadband connectivity and turnkey teleport solutions. It also develops innovative solutions for e-government, e-health and e-education, as well as applications for worldwide emergency satellite communications.
Further information available at: www.ses.com/techcom
About the Better Satellite World Campaign
Working with partner associations and dozens of supporting companies around the world, the Society of Satellite Professionals International’s Better Satellite World (www.bettersatelliteworld.com) campaign is changing the global conversation about satellites and their influence on the economy, business and societies everywhere. The campaign was launched at Satellite 2015 and has begun to level the playing field between satellite and its competition, while expanding opportunities and enthusiasm. More information on the Better Satellite World campaign is available at www.bettersatelliteworld.com.
The Society of Satellite Professionals International (www.sspi.org) promotes the growth of the satellite industry by educating current and potential end-users and the general public about the indispensable contributions of satellites to business, government and human welfare, and by connecting satellite professionals worldwide through education, knowledge sharing and fostering professional relationships. In addition to the Better Satellite World campaign, SSPI is also the publisher of the only international study of the satellite workforce, and is currently surveying industry professionals for its 2016 Workforce Study Report.