UK-leading technology and connectivity partner, Excelerate Technology, helped UK police personnel to stay in touch with friends and family, and enjoy much-needed down-time in a safe environment, by ensuring guaranteed coverage on its Enhanced Resilience Satellite Network (ERSN) on board MS Silja Europa at the recent G7 Summit.
Around 6,500 officers from all over the UK were deployed to support the summit in Carbis Bay, of which around 1,000 of those aboard the ship were facing the 10 days with potentially limited local cellular connectivity on their smart phones and devices.
Excelerate, no stranger to deploying tech solutions at major events and resilient marine communications across the globe, created a ‘temporary’ WIFI network for those onboard in Falmouth.
David Savage, CEO at Excelerate Technology, said:
We have a longstanding relationship with UK police forces, and likewise in supporting major events where resilient comms, enhanced protection for cybersecurity and situational awareness are absolutely critical.
Operations around such events require precision planning, not just for the visiting dignitaries but for the safety of the public and local businesses where over congestion can potentially compromise security.
So, when we were asked if we could help with improving the welfare and temporary living conditions of police force personnel attending the event, we didn’t hesitate. We quickly deployed a private network not dissimilar to that which we install at major incidents and indeed through our Excelerate Marine capabilities worldwide
David Wilson of Devon and Cornwall Police, added:
The welfare of our police personnel is critical during such long events where shifts can be long and down-time short. Excelerate were responsive and able to come up with a solution to suit our needs with such a quick turnaround. It’s important that our police officers rest and recuperate, and being connected certainly helped.
The company also supported co-responding services and agencies with resilient communications across mobile deployed vehicle solutions during the summit and has a strong heritage in supporting major events such as the NATO summit at Celtic Manor in 2014, while it is also working closely with Hamed Medical Corporation to improve public safety at the 2022 Qatar World Cup.