Inmarsat supports Dakar Rally’s Race2Recovery team with satellite communications

Race2Recovery team predominantly made up of injured UK and US servicemen will rely on Inmarsat’s services during desert training sessions in Morocco as well as in the 2013 Dakar Rally

Inmarsat supports Dakar Rally’s Race2Recovery team with satellite communications

Mobile satellite communications services provider Inmarsat is supporting the Race2Recovery team in its bid to complete the 2013 Dakar Rally in South America in January 2013, by providing vital satellite communications equipment and services.  

The team of injured former British and US service personnel, veterans and expert volunteers will take on the world’s toughest off-road endurance race to raise money for Help For Heroes and associated US charities. 

Inmarsat is providing the five drivers, co-drivers and support crew with Inmarsat portable and vehicular BGAN terminals, eight IsatPhone Pro handheld phones and an unlimited voice and data service to allow them to keep in touch during their tough desert preparations in Morocco, as well as during the 8,000 kilometre rally itself.  

The Inmarsat equipment provides the team with voice and real-time broadband data connectivity, however remote the location. The Race2Recovery team are relying on Inmarsat’s services to keep in contact even if they are in the most remote locations, such as the Atacama Desert and the Andes. 

They will be able to video link with the mechanical and logistics crews back at base in the UK, post updates on the charity’s website, Facebook and Twitter, and seek help in the case of medical or mechanical emergencies Race2Recovery’s team co-director and former Royal Regiment of Fuseliers Captain, Tony Harris, is one of the drivers and a below-the-knee amputee. Like many of the team, which also includes non-wounded members, Tony is a veteran of the Afghan conflict. 

‘The Inmarsat BGAN terminal means that the team can rely on great voice and broadband connectivity in even the most remote of locations. The kit is incredibly simple, lightweight and compact and is great for updating social media sites with texts and photos and for sending emails,’ said Captain Harris.  

During the October training session in the desert and in the mountains of Morocco, the Inmarsat system was online within three minutes, rarely had to be charged and was discreet and rugged enough to be packed away with minimal fuss during the arduous 2,000 km training journey. Race2Recovery will be using the equipment again on its next training exercise in Morocco in December, when the co-drivers will also be put through their paces before the Dakar Rally in January.

‘With reliable communications, individuals with injuries or disabilities can aspire to reach their goals, however risky and remote the environment, with the reassurance that support is just a call or video chat away. Inmarsat’s support for the Race2Recovery team as it trains for - and ultimately competes in - the Dakar Rally builds on our longstanding association with this ultimate driving event,’ said Andy Start, President, Global Government at Inmarsat. 

See also: Icom UK supplies two way radio for Race2Recovery team in 2013 Dakar Rally

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