SATcase turns mobile into satellite phone for search and rescue crews

Mobile phone is inserted into compact, rugged SATcase to enable satellite communications; emergency button and tracking facilities also included

SATcase turns mobile into satellite phone for search and rescue crews

A new product developed in the UK aims to take global smart communications to a new level was unveiled at the Aidex exhibition & conference in Brussels this week (12-13 November 2014).

The SATcase instantly transforms a mobile phone into a satellite phone, enabling users to stay in contact wherever they are in the world, irrespective of mobile signal.

Designed initially for search and rescue, the SATcase provides the perfect solution for those working in remote locations or dangerous situations. Where mobile networks are not accessible, or have been disabled, the SATcase ensures a smart phone continues to work, keeping users in vital communication with their team, organisation or loved ones.

SATcase said its new product has already excited interest from governments around the world, as well as leading health and safety organisations, off-shore, rescue and emergency services bosses and others.

According to Jim Thomson, founder & CEO of SATcase, the product also incorporates additional features to facilitate tracking in a rescue situation, including strobe lights and an infrared beam; by pressing an emergency button on the SATcase, a signal is sent out to highlight that the user is under duress, triggering rescue response. In due course, the SATcase will be able to be accessed and activated remotely.

“Current satellite phones are large and ‘brick’ like, reminiscent of early mobile phones in the ‘80s. Frankly they don’t have much more functionality than that either,” said Thomson.

“By combining ordinary smart phones with satellite technology and adding search and rescue features, we have created an incredibly easy to use piece of equipment that is compact, rugged and fully functional -  and most importantly, will most certainly save lives.

“The invention of the SATcase is miles ahead of existing technology. There is nothing else like this currently on the market. The point of SATcase is to keep people safe and in contact, whether lone workers, rescuers or adventurers. As the world becomes increasingly dangerous, particularly in areas of war and disaster, this is a timely and critical product launch. SATcase is literally for anyone, anytime, anywhere,” said Thomson.

SATcase integrates easily with any business and can be purchased on contract or by yearly subscription. It activates immediately and can be charged wirelessly. It works by simply inserting a mobile phone into the SATcase.
SATcase is being exhibited on stand (D67) at Aidex, where the new technology will be available for visitors to investigate and interact.

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