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March 4, 2015
McMurdo Launches Kannad Integra Smart Pack ELT Bundle to Accelerate Aircraft Rescue Response Time

HAI HELI-EXPO, Orlando, Florida, March 3, 2015 McMurdo Group, a global leader in end-to-end search and rescue (SAR) and maritime domain awareness (MDA) solutions, announces the launch of the Kannad Integra Smart Pack, a first-of-its kind aviation Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) bundle with both GPS and antenna redundancy.  This innovation can result in Integra Smart Pack-equipped aircraft being twice as likely to be found in the event of an emergency compared to standard ELTs.

The Kannad Integra Smart Pack includes:

  • The Kannad Integra ELT – one of the smallest, lightest and most innovative ELTs in the market with a built-in antenna and embedded GPS receiver.
  • The new Kannad Integra e-NAV NMEA – an NMEA-standard interface cable which connects the Integra ELT to the aircraft GPS.  The latest known aircraft GPS position is continually updated and stored on the interface cable itself to provide an additional level of redundancy over the embedded Integra ELT GPS data.

Traditional ELTs rely on an aircraft’s external antenna and GPS equipment, which is subject to failure in the event of an emergency.  The Integra ELT, however, can operate independently of the aircraft to provide key positioning data through its internal antenna and GPS receiver.  With the Integra Smart Pack bundle, in the event that the Integra ELT’s internal GPS antenna is unsuccessful for any reason, the positioning coordinates from the Integra e-NAV NMEA will be used. This additional GPS redundancy will result in better location positioning and higher chance of rescue.

“McMurdo is delighted to continue its long history of aviation search and rescue innovation with the introduction of the Kannad Integra Smart Pack,” said Christian Belleux, head of McMurdo’s Kannad Aviation Business Unit.  “The Integra Smart Pack is a must-have SAR solution to help ensure accelerated rescue response in the event of an emergency and to ultimately save more lives.”

The Integra ELT Smart Pack is suitable for all types of aircraft with specific versions to support helicopters, general aviation planes and large commercial jets.  Once activated, the Integra ELT transmits a distress signal to alert international rescue services to the emergency location via the global Cospas-Sarsat Search and Rescue satellite system which has helped to save over 37,000 lives since 1982.

Visit the McMurdo Group at HELI EXPO 2015 Booth 5465 to learn more about the benefits of the Kannad Integra Smart Pack and other special show offers.

For more information about McMurdo Group, please visit www.mcmurdogroup.com

About McMurdo Group
McMurdo Group is a global leader in search and rescue and maritime domain awareness solutions.  A division of Orolia (NYSE Alternext Paris – FR0010501015 – ALORO), McMurdo Group brings together 140 combined years of experience by consolidating proven Boatracs, Kannad, McMurdo and Techno-Sciences, Inc. brands into the industry’s most comprehensive portfolio of life-saving and tracking technologies that save time, costs and lives.  Airbus, Boeing, the British Royal Navy, the U.S. Coast Guard, NASA and others are among the hundreds of aviation, maritime, government and military customers around the world using McMurdo Group distress beacons, satellite connectivity infrastructure, monitoring/positioning software and emergency response management solutions.  Established in January 2014, McMurdo Group is based in Sophia Antipolis, France and has additional offices in France (Guidel), the U.S. (San Diego, Washington D.C.) and the U.K. (Portsmouth).

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