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The 4th annual Australian and New Zealand Search and Rescue Conference will be held on Wednesday 23rd May 2018 at the Star Gold Coast. 

Mr Ian Veitch, Director at All Sat Communications joins us at the Conference to present ‘Satellite Communication – The Myths, The Facts and The Future’.


Today we are reliant on keeping in touch and having the ability for continuous communication. Whether it be a small incident, or a large-scale emergency, organisations and Search Co-ordinators have a duty of care to staff and require effective management of assets. Often due to the location or disaster, the 3G & 4G phone networks won’t meet requirements or even operate at all.

Satellite technology currently exists to fill this “black hole”. Perhaps you already have some of this technology? Is it the right product? Are you using it to its full potential? Will it work when you need it to?

The major 4 commercial satellite systems operate quite differently. Add to that other satellite systems and it’s more confusing. Understanding the operation and limitations of each system is very important. Likewise, choosing the correct products is vital whether for land, sea or air applications. Satellite communication products need to be fit for purpose. Often the most expensive is not always the best, conversely neither is the cheapest.

Several Australian Emergency Services are already embracing the future with satellite technology. A small satellite tracking device can provide a member’s location “live” virtually anywhere. Management and Search Co-ordinators can use this information to make informed decisions. Possibly to move assets to a better location, locate the closest unit to an incident, or notify members of an approaching dangerous situation.

Other existing products include protecting boat crews after falling overboard to portable satellite data terminals. With the future of new Mid Earth Orbit and Nano satellites, the applications are rapidly growing.

Understanding the differences, limitations and products available can make all the difference to the success of an operation. Satellite technology increases personal safety and will assist you to manage your next local incident or inter-agency operation.


Ian joined the Victoria Police in 1988 and transferred to the Force Response Unit in 1992, where he was responsible for the Police Mobile Communications vehicles. Ian instructed in remote communications courses in VHF, HF, UHF and satellite technologies. In 1998 Ian successfully completed the Victoria Police Search & Rescue course. After 3 years at the Water Police he transferred to a full-time position at the Search & Rescue squad. During Ian’s career he gained an extensive background in Search & Rescue management and increased his knowledge of remote area communications. Ian remained at the squad until retiring in 2015

For information on the upcoming 2018 Australian and New Zealand Search and Rescue Conference please visit the conference website.





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