ESS 2016: World debut of FRAN, the first emergency communications network to switch between mobile networks and satellite
Developed by Globalstar and Manx Telecom, First Responder Auxiliary Network (FRAN) is set to revolutionise communications for emergency services. This breakthrough technology is being showcased for the first time at the Emergency Services Show Hall 5, stand F30.
FRAN is the world’s first communications service to switch between multiple mobile networks and a DtU (Direct-to-User) mobile satellite network. With FRAN, whenever the signal level starts to fail on one mobile network, the user’s call or transmission is automatically handed over to another mobile network that’s in range. If no mobile network is in range, the call is switched to satellite.
As a result, calls and transmissions will successfully reach their intended recipients even in the UK’s most remote locations and offshore. First responders will be able to access FRAN using their own Wi-Fi enabled devices and existing phone numbers.
Field trials of the FRAN technology are currently underway.
“FRAN transforms how emergency services communicate. They now have an alternative communications network that is reliable, anywhere, anytime,” said Gavan Murphy, director of marketing, Globalstar Europe. “Since we first announced FRAN earlier in April 2016, we have been working with customers to ensure this service meets the needs of all personnel, whether they are on the front line or in the back-office.”
At ESS, Globalstar will demonstrate other products and services used by emergency services to track valuable assets and improve the communications capabilities and safety of fire personnel, remote crews and lone workers. Products include Globalstar satellite telephones, Sat-Fi and the SPOT family of satellite trackers which are now credited with over 4,600 rescues globally.
For more information, go to eu.globalstar.com