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Frequentis’ Global Maritime Distress and Safety System successfully put into operation in Greenland

06/10/2020 - 05:00

With the addition of the GMDSS module for the Frequentis Maritime control room solutionMarTRX, in Aasiaat, Greenland, search and rescue authorities onshore, or ships in the immediate vicinity of a vessel or person, can now be rapidly alerted to a distress incident. 

TELE-POST, Greenland’s postal and telecommunications provider, selected Frequentis in summer 2019 to provide an integrated maritime control room solution for the Technical and Operator Centre in Aasiaat, Greenland, increase safety at sea. TELE-POST has now permanently switched off our old platform and completed the transition without any outages.  

“We are delighted that Frequentis has been able to complete the site acceptance of the GMDSS remotely, allowing us to overcome the pandemic travel restrictions to complete the modernization of Greenland’s coastal radio. It was essential for us that the platform could be put into operation and function in tandem with our previous system during the acceptance period. We feel confident to operate the MarTRX system for years to come in benefit for the safety of Greenland’s maritime community”, says Flemming Drechsel, Chief Wholesale Officer of TELE-POST. 

Greenland is the largest island in the world, with a population on around 56.000, and its important location between the Arctic, Canada and the Nordics make it part of extensive fisheries and a major cruise destination. Additionally, the impact of global warming, melting ice caps and rising sea levels draw attention to the importance of an efficient and reliable distress communication tool. The Frequentis system in Aasiaat enhances   transmitting of voice messages, weather forecasts and navigation warnings on any selected HF transmitter/s and VHF transmitter/s in any combination, from any operator workstation.   

“The FrequentisMarTRX solution can be customised to meet differing needs of the maritime industry, including coastal surveillance, and vessel traffic services. We are pleased to have successfully completed site acceptance for the GMDSS solution remotely, proving our determination and commitment to supporting our customers with their goals.”, said KhashayarSaravandi-Rad, Frequentis Vice President Maritime.  

Despite COVID-19 travel restrictions, the Frequentis maritime project team completed a successful remote site acceptance test (SAT) for its Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) for Greenland. The SAT had been scheduled for Spring 2020, however the pandemic required additional planning and through the combination of an extensive internal test period, and a remote acceptance period, which allowed the solution to be effectively put into operation.  


Frequentis, headquartered in Vienna, is an international supplier of communication and information systems for control centres with safety-critical tasks. Such 'control centre solutions' are developed and marketed by Frequentis in the business sectors Air Traffic Management (civil and military air traffic control, air defence) and Public Safety & Transport (police, fire brigade, ambulance services, shipping, railways). As a global player, Frequentis operates a worldwide network of branches, subsidiaries and local representatives in more than 50 countries.   

Products and solutions from Frequentis can be found in over 30,000 operator working positions and in approximately 140 countries. Founded in 1947, Frequentis considers itself to be the global market leader in voice communication systems for air traffic control with a market share of around 30%. In addition, the Frequentis Group's AIM (aeronautical information management) and AMHS (aeronautical message handling) systems, as well as GSM-R systems for Public Transport are industry leading global solutions.   

The shares of Frequentis AG are traded on the Vienna and Frankfurt Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol FQT (ISIN: ATFREQUENT09). In 2019, the Frequentis Group had about 1,850 employees worldwide and generated revenues of EUR 303.6 million and EBIT of EUR 17.2 million.  

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Jennifer McLellan, Public Relations, Frequentis AG,, +44 2030 050 188