Greenland Adopts Frequentis New Emergency Communication Management System

Date:Sep 27, 2019



Frequentis provided an integrated communications control center solution for TELE, the Aasiaat Maritime Control Center in southwestern Greenland. Greenland Telecom, the largest postal and telecommunications operator in Greenland, provides coastal radio services as well as emergency communications and commercial transportation services. The scope of supply also includes a recording and monitoring system and training for TELE employees. In addition, a long-term technical system support contract was signed. The control center is designed using the most modern ergonomic methods and shortens the time required to rescue victims through a special Frequentis software system.

Greenland is the largest island in the world. Almost 80% of the country is covered by ice sheets, but the region has recently become more navigable due to climate change, so the country's geographical location is increasingly important. This will enable an effective communication system for emergency calls to meet essential international standards. Due to the high quality of the new communication system and high operational safety, TELE chose Frequentis.

The Frequentis distress signal system uses a variety of techniques to handle emergency communications, depending on where the ship is located - through cellular, UHF, VHF, medium wave networks, polar geostationary satellites and polar satellites. Norbert Haslacher, CEO of Frequentis, explained: “In the event of a disaster, the captain will press a button and the Coast Guard and other vessels will receive an emergency call.” “Frequentis GMDSS is already in 18 countries including Canada or Australia. About 30% of the sea surface is equipped with the Frequentis system."

After the success of Sweden, Iceland and Norway, the Greenland Maritime Reference Base is expanding to another Nordic country with the help of Greenland. Overall, Frequentis believes that the maritime communications market has certain growth potential.

On the one hand, behind this is the increasing importance of ships as means of transport: lower CO2 emissions per tonne and kilometre compared to trucking. On the other hand, every ocean-going country is increasingly concerned with monitoring and controlling its territorial waters in order to make the most of the resources available in the sea. In addition, the same important use in the “search and rescue” field: the number of boardings per day is 1.5 to 2; systems such as the GMDSS and the Frequentis Control Center can help salvage and thus help