Inmarsat has secured grant funds from the U.K.’s space agency to develop satellite application programs that will helpÂ to address disaster relief, healthcare and sustainable fishing challenges in three emerging markets.
The company said Wednesday that it appliedÂ lessons learned from UKSA International Partnership Space Program projects to identify opportunities for potential use of satellites to help communities in need.
As part of the company’s efforts to addressÂ social concerns, Inmarsat will introduceÂ the BGAN service in Nigeria toÂ support electronic health systemÂ requirements andÂ extend the reach of medical services acrossÂ the country.
Inmarsat aimsÂ to foster welfare and economic development in NigeriaÂ with the use of video-based health worker training, disease surveillance, health system management and governance through BGAN.
The companyÂ also partneredÂ with Indonesia’s ministry of marine and fisheries to implement a program that will introduce vessel monitoring systems designed for sustainable fishing and police conservation areas.
“Inmarsat is committed to understanding the requirements of our international partner countries to ensure that important benefits can be seen on the ground, in their time of need,” said James Cemmell, director of strategic impact partnerships at Inmarsat’s enterprise business.
The company will also lead a humanitarian program to support disaster relief in the Philippines and deployÂ Global Xpress terminals to help the Philippine governmentÂ restore communications and coordinate relief efforts afterÂ a calamity.
Pat McDougal, senior advisor at Inmarsat, will chairÂ a newly formed advisory board that willÂ coordinate theÂ satellite application programs.
The advisory board is composed of senior executives and strategy advisers from various international development organizations, social impact funds and the Satellite Applications Catapult.