SES Joins The Clinton Global Initiative
SES S.A. has become a member of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), an initiative of the Clinton Foundation. At the 2014 CGI Annual Meeting, held in New York City, SES announced its Commitment to Action, in the form of the e-health platform SATMED.
SATMED is a satellite-enhanced, cloud-computing based Telemedicine platform that aims to improve the access to and simplify the use of e-health. SATMED will provide a range of e-health services at different levels: satellite connectivity for remote areas with no internet connectivity, e-health and m-health tools developed with the support of doctors, and tools developed by international communities for providing universal access to e-care, e-learning, e-health administration, and e-health financing. SATMED will also provide access to cloud services for secure data storage, exchange, and data backup.
SES is developing SATMED in close cooperation with several Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), namely Friendship, German Doctors, Médecins Sans Frontières, Archemed, and Fondation Follerau Luxembourg. During a pilot phase, the complete system, incorporating satellite terminal equipment and software platform, will be deployed to partner organizations, including NGOs, hospitals, medical universities, and other health care providers that are active in resource-poor areas. Up to 15 satellite terminals will be installed in project locations in Bangladesh, Benin, Eritrea, Guinea, the Philippines, and Sierra Leone. Partner organizations will use SATMED to improve access to medical care, reinforce their medical training programs, make health management more effective and quality assured, and/or upgrade their collection, management, and vizualisation of data.
SES Broadband Services Expands Partnership With ORBITCOM
SES Broadband Services announced an expansion of its partnership with the Internet Service Provider ORBITCOM to include the delivery of Astra Connect for communities in Germany.
The new deal follows ORBITCOM’s successful delivery of the Astra Connect service, which provides broadband Internet to individual households and businesses via a satellite dish. The partnership, which has been in place since April, has now been extended to include the marketing of Astra Connect for communities.
The solution uses a single antenna to provide an entire community with a satellite broadband connection, which is then distributed via a local network infrastructure, such as WiFi. Users served by the networks will be able to browse the different packages offered online and then place orders through a dedicated website and webshop set up by ORBITCOM. The ISP will also be responsible for the delivery of the equipment and customer support.
“Our Astra Connect for communities service provides a much needed solution for people who cannot be supplied with a high-speed Internet connection via the terrestrial infrastructure,” said Patrick Biewer, the Managing Director of SES Broadband Services. “By expanding our partnership with ORBITCOM, we are able to extend and accelerate the rollout of this solution to villages and communities in Germany.”
“With Astra Connect for communities, we can reach 100 percent of households where broadband access is insufficient. It is a quick and inexpensive solution for underserved communities,” said Andreas Schmidt, the CEO of ORBITCOM.