Kenya awards McMurdo contract to upgrade aeronautical search rescue program
Orolia, through its McMurdo brand, has been selected by Kenya to upgrade its Aeronautical Search and Rescue (SAR) program with the latest Rescue Coordination Center (RCC) technology.
This award from the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) follows the announcement that Botswana has also adopted McMurdo's comprehensive RCC solution.
McMurdo's solution includes PRISMA C2, a software platform that converges critical emergency readiness and response solutions, such as coastal surveillance and aviation incident management. McMurdo's solution will provide SAR operators with real-time situational awareness tools and integrate external systems, such as Air Traffic Control, to facilitate enhanced planning and management of SAR missions.
Additionally, as an expert provider of Cospas-Sarsat technology, McMurdo will seamlessly connect the Kenyan RCC to the Italian Mission Control Center (MCC), which will allow the RCC to receive beacon distress alert data.
"PRISMA C2 will deliver real-time decision support data that will enable Kenyan rescue teams to effectively plan and manage SAR missions to save more lives," said Chris Loizou, Chief Business Development Officer for Orolia.
To fulfill this critical requirement, McMurdo will draw on its deep-rooted history of SAR, as well as Orolia's solid experience in Resilient Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) solutions. McMurdo's proven aviation SAR solutions are developed based on redundancy, ensuring maximum availability and continuous operations. This contract builds on SAR and PNT solutions already in place in Botswana, Morocco, Nigeria and South Africa.
"With McMurdo's software-generated search planning, the KCAA will greatly advance its SAR capabilities nationwide - saving more lives with better data," said Capt. Gilbert M. Kibe, Director General KCAA.
McMurdo is the world leader in emergency readiness and response with the only end-to-end solutions for SAR and maritime domain awareness. Hundreds of customers around the world - including NASA, NOAA, the US Coast Guard and others in the aerospace, defense and government sectors - have trusted McMurdo to prevent emergencies, protect assets and save lives.