Coast Guard Activates Option for McMurdo Emergency Beacons

The US Coast Guard (USCG) has activated its first option year on its contract with McMurdo, a competitor in the 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards, for up to 16,000 FastFind® 220 Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) units to support USCG forces nationwide.

The USCG initially awarded McMurdo a $3 million contract in July 2016 for PLBs to be ordered over the next five years.

McMurdo’s ability to maintain a 100 percent on-time delivery rate throughout the contract performance period ensures that the USCG can quickly deploy this critical technology to protect crew members safeguarding America’s waterways.

(See how simple it is to activate the Fast Find 220 PLB should you find yourself in a life threatening situation. Courtesy of McMurdo and YouTube)

“Our US manufacturing capabilities allow us to receive and fulfill beacon orders large and small, at any given time, and quickly get them in the hands of our servicemembers,” said Mark Cianciolo, Vice President of Americas for Orolia.

Mark Cianciolo, GM of McMurdo's aerospace, defense and government programs
Mark Cianciolo, GM of McMurdo’s aerospace, defense and government programs

“We are proud to continue being a trusted supplier to the US Coast Guard for innovative, emergency beacons that save lives.”

“Many of our missions are dependent on our Coast Guardsmens’ preparedness to quickly respond to emergency situations,” said Thomas Hughes, Contracting Officer Representative (COR) for USCG.

“This is a time-sensitive, mission-critical requirement for the Coast Guard.”

“We’re excited to work with McMurdo for the delivery of personal emergency locator beacons to ensure the best possible outcome for those using these life saving devices.”

The FastFind 220 PLB features the latest search and rescue technology available, offered as part of Orolia’s ecosystem of Resilient Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) solutions.

McMurdo at a Glance

McMurdo is the global leader in Medium Earth Orbit Search and Rescue (MEOSAR) satellite technology with the only end-to-end solutions for search and rescue.

Orolia McMurdoHalf of the world’s MEOSAR satellite ground infrastructure has been installed by McMurdo, as well as the manufacture of 25 percent of the world’s 500,000 registered beacons.

Orolia is the world leader in Resilient PNT solutions that improve the reliability, performance and safety of critical, remote or high-risk operations.

With locations in more than 100 countries worldwide, Orolia provides virtually fail-safe GPS/GNSS and PNT products and solutions for its customers’ most mission-critical needs.

McMurdo in 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program

The 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program, is organized to recognize the most distinguished vendors of Physical, IT, Port Security, Law Enforcement, First Responders, (Fire, EMT, Military, Support Services Vets, SBA, Medical Tech) as well as the Federal, State, County and Municipal Government Agencies – to acknowledge their outstanding efforts to ‘Keep our Nation Secure, One City at a Time.’

As an ‘ASTORS’ competitor, McMurdo will be competing against the industry’s leading providers of Innovative SAR Satellite Ground Systems.

American Security Today will be holding the 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Presentation Luncheon at 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m, Wednesday, November 15th at ISC East, the Northeast’s largest security industry event, in the Jacob Javits Exhibition Center in New York City.

At ISC East you will have the chance to meet with technical reps from over 225 leading brands in the security industry, allowing you to find out about new products and stay ahead of the competition.

Encompassing everything from Video Surveillance and Access Control to Smart Home Technologies and Unmanned Security, you’re sure to find products and services that will benefit your company and clients.

ASTORS HSA 2017Good luck to McMurdo on becoming a Winner of the 2017 American Security Today’s Homeland Security Awards Program!

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