Smith Myers world premiere for brand spanking new merchandise at Farnborough International Airshow 2022 – sUAS News
New additions to the award-winning SAR lineup based on detection and search capabilities that turn cellphones into position beacons for manned and unmanned rotary/VTOL (vertical takeoff and landing).
and fixed-wing aircraft in all weight classes.
The merging of cellular and AIS sensor data into a single user interface/analytics tool paves the way for more effective and efficient maritime patrol operations while reducing operator workload
As part of an unprecedented cross-industry expansion programme, British technology innovation company Smith Myers has chosen the Farnborough International Air Show from 18-22 July 2022 as the global launch pad for major product announcements, coinciding with the company’s 35th anniversary.
Smith Myers is introducing several new products to its ARTEMIS line of devices at Farnborough
TA – Fully qualified to RTCA DO160(G), this new member of the ARTEMIS family offers users a
Fusion of mobile phone detection, location and communication with dual-band maritime AIS
and COSPAS SARSAT in a single 4.2 kg unit.
Nathan Herbert, a senior development and integration engineer at Smith Myers for 24 years, says, “The integration of all of these capabilities into a single unit was an obvious evolution of the Artemis product range. The ability to directly detect and locate Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons and Personal Locator Beacons (COSPAS SARSAT) while performing the same actions with cell phones will be invaluable during search and rescue missions or disaster relief operations. Additionally, the merging of cellular and AIS sensor data into a single user interface/analytics tool paves the way to more effective and efficient maritime patrol operations while reducing operator workload.”
Covering all global cellular frequencies and technologies, the TA achieves the impressive ranges achieved by the earlier ARTEMIS system, identifying, locating and communicating with cellular phones at ranges in excess of 30 km.
TU – Offers exactly the same cellular capabilities as the TA in a small 1.4kg SWaP package. Perfect for medium to large UAS, this new system is also fully RTCA DO160(G) qualified for use in manned aircraft. The single I/O makes integration simple and economical, and the zero-airflow design gives integrators maximum flexibility. Here, too, the TU covers all global mobile radio frequencies and technologies, which prove to be effective at ranges of more than 30 km.
ARTEMIS turns any mobile phone into a rescue beacon and only requires two small antennas to generate a latitude/longitude fix at ranges in excess of 30 km, offering a radical and effective alternative to traditional airborne sensors and direction finding systems:
• SMS and calls to no service areas
• Automatic cueing of EO/IR (Electro-Optical/Infrared)
• Deploy as a standalone device with embedded mapping or integrated with leading mission system vendors
• Make missions in low light/IMC (Instrument Meteorological Conditions) safer and increase the chances of a positive result
• Available in multiple SWaP configurations for manned/unmanned platforms
The Smith Myers team expects the ATERMIS simulator to generate a lot of interest
Delegates and visitors to the stand.
The ARTEMIS simulator allows the creation of various real world scenarios through a simple, intuitive user interface. This includes creating many simulated cellular phones in and out of coverage, as well as simulated 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G cellular networks, all of which behave as they would in the real world. The articles created can simply be dragged onto a world map. In combination with the ARTEMIS software, the cell phones can be located just like in a real mission. This makes the ARTEMIS simulator perfect for training, integration testing and post-facto mission analysis.
Simon Alford, a senior software engineer who has been with Smith Myers for 18 years, explained:
“At Smith Myers we use the simulator extensively to test and refine our own software
the ability to ‘fly’ missions repeatedly with very realistic results.”
“By using a real-world instance of the ARTEMIS software running alongside a software simulator, we have developed a powerful training tool that allows operators to practice and review the techniques and tactics in a classroom setting before moving on to the live system fly. This ensures the operator can focus on live operations rather than worrying about UI operations,” added Alford.
Combine the simulator with the integrated trajectory creator and operator and pilot can coordinate
to ensure that the missing person is found as quickly and safely as possible.
Concluding, Andrew Munro, director at Smith Myers said: “In recent years, a
impressive inclusion of ARTEMIS product offering in all SAR applications by appreciation
Integrator Partners and Direct End Users. This multi-channel approach makes it possible for us
Stay flexible and agile in such a dynamic market, where we have already become
considered the industry standard”
ARTEMIS is on active duty and has saved lives around the world. The global customer base includes
Used by the Royal Norwegian Airforce for search and rescue tasks with the Leonardo
AW101 SAR Queen and has received many international awards including the coveted Royal
Airline Silver Medal. The current area of interest includes Western and Eastern Europe,
North America and Asia Pacific.