The Haiti earthquake in 2010 and the chaos that characterised the immediate response moved a consortium of companies to organise and develop a rapid response solution for global disaster relief and humanitarian missions. The solution is a public-private partnership between Luxembourg’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, SES, HITEC Luxembourg and the Luxembourg Air Ambulance, and is supported by a number of operational and technical partners. Emergency.lu provides communications support, connects and improves the first responses following humanitarian or natural disasters.
Although we are becoming more accustomed to higher levels of data connectivity, a huge area remains drastically underconnected: the airspace and the oceans. Crisscrossed and cruised by thousands of aircraft and ships every day, these unconnected areas have remained largely uncharted territory for high quality video and data communications until now. It’s all about to change. Aeronautical and Maritime connectivity is about to make its quantum leap into the 21st century.