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AST Systems UK is proud to have supported the British Geological Survey to carry out its field mission in Madagascar. The Iridium 9575 Extreme satellite phones supplied by AST Systems UK proved invaluable and enabled the team to receive the emergency support necessary.

In October 2016, the British Geological Survey (BGS) was carrying out a field mission in Madagascar, with no way of communicating with the outside world other than with their Iridium 9575 Extreme. When one of the team became seriously injured, the significance of the Iridium phone hit home, as, without it, they would never have received the emergency support necessary.

A member of the team enabled the GPS function on the Iridium phone which sent off exact latitude and longitude coordinates to the response teams. The BGS confirmed that the team leader and injured team member were air lifted to a medical unit on Reunion Island, where they received the medical attention required.

In response to this emergency, the BGS is now using AST System’s award winning Location Based Service, IRIS, which works directly with the Iridium 9575 Extreme satellite phone. Any individual's location is detailed in real time on the user-friendly web-based portal, so other members of the team back at home can check and monitor any activity on the portal, responding instantly to distress or SOS alerts, wherever they may be.

The BGS hopes to use IRIS on its future field missions to make sure that any emergency situations are handled as quickly and efficiency as possible, in locations where communication is critical but often unobtainable.

IRIS is an Iridium Premium Certified Application. Read more about IRIS.