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SES Networks Enables EMSA’s Environmental Protection Service in Iceland

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Icelandic maritime authorities are utilising the European Maritime
Safety Agency’s (EMSA) Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) portfolio
enabled by SES Networks’ managed connectivity services to support the
country’s requirements for environmental protection and fisheries
control, SES announced today.

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SES Networks Enables EMSA's Environmental Protection Service in Iceland (Photo: Business Wire)

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The connected ELBIT HERMES 900 RPAS will perform maritime surveillance
tasks in areas extending as far as 200 nautical miles from the
shoreline, covering important areas of the Icelandic Exclusive Economic
Zone, with missions lasting as long as 12 hours. SES Networks’
connectivity is utilised for this Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE)
RPAS to empower multiple Icelandic authorities – such as the Icelandic
coast guard, the fisheries directorate, the environment agency, the
customs directorate, and the search and rescue association – to remotely
follow the missions via a dedicated data centre and to ensure timely

Under a framework
, SES Networks will deliver managed satellite
communications (SATCOM) connectivity services for EMSA missions,
including secure end-to-end satellite and terrestrial links, capacity
and teleport infrastructure, as well as distribution of the RPAS data
via satellite internet services to end-users.

“Reliable connectivity is critical for timely decision-making during
maritime missions, especially for search and rescue operations,” said
EMSA’s Executive Director Ms Maja Markovčić Kostelac. “Stable,
high-performance connectivity not only enables quick situational
assessment, but it also boosts the cost-efficiency of resource
deployment by the national authorities using our services. This matters
all the more when critical data is being delivered to and from a moving
platform in harsh meteorological conditions where there is no
terrestrial infrastructure.”

“We have been developing our space and ground assets, as well as secure
managed connectivity service capabilities, to support a variety of
critical missions required by government customers,” said Nicole
Robinson, Senior Vice President, Global Government at SES Networks.
“RPAS missions are one of the key areas where we have built extensive
expertise supporting a variety of global platforms, including processing
and delivering data from multiple sensors to those fulfilling and
monitoring mission-critical tasks. We are honoured to support EMSA and
Icelandic authorities for these important missions in a geographically
dispersed area.”

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About SES

SES is the world’s leading satellite operator with over 70 satellites in
two different orbits, Geostationary Orbit (GEO) and Medium Earth Orbit
(MEO). It provides a diverse range of customers with global video
distribution and data connectivity services through two business units:
SES Video and SES Networks. SES Video reaches over 355 million TV homes,
through Direct-to-Home (DTH) platforms and cable, terrestrial, and IPTV
networks globally. The SES Video portfolio includes MX1, a leading media
service provider offering a full suite of innovative services for both
linear and digital distribution, and the ASTRA satellite system, which
has the largest DTH television reach in Europe. SES Networks provides
global managed data services, connecting people in a variety of sectors
including telecommunications, maritime, aeronautical, and energy, as
well as governments and institutions across the world. The SES Networks
portfolio includes GovSat, a 50/50 public-private partnership between
SES and the Luxembourg government, and O3b, the only non-geostationary
system delivering fibre-like broadband services today. Further
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