Safety from space

Next generation personal & vehicle emergency radio beacons

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Safety from Space is working on a safety system for those in locations without guaranteed reliable wireless coverage. With satellite phones being prohibitively expensive for most people, the team proposes an alternative and supplementary service (and the support infrastructure) to provide specific messaging via satellite for dangerous situations that could easily and rapidly develop into an emergency.

Current systems are either very limited or too expensive for general usage. Beacons generally operate as stand-alone devices and are not easy to integrate into safety systems. Regulation has restricted innovation and much of the technology has changed little in 30 years.

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The radio beacons are low power, battery operated devices that may be integrated into vehicles or clothing for maximum effect. The Global Navigation Satellite System i.e. GPS and Galileo form the primary space segment. An innovative distributed ground receiver network will be developed which emergency distributed through a variety of media (email, text, phone etc).

Potential markets

This technology could be applied wherever people are working, living or just travelling through regions with poor wireless coverage and limited infrastructure. Well suited to Australian outback and offshore, plus Africa and South America where there are high risk environments.

IP status

Letter of intent on technology licensing is being drafted by UniSA.

Partnering opportunities

Safety from Space are looking for companies interested in piloting this technology in the mining, resources or agricultural sectors.

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Safety from Space is working on a safety system for those in locations without guaranteed reliable wireless coverage.


Dr Mark Rice

Dr Mark Rice


Gottfried Lechner

Gottfried Lechner


Gary Shmith

Gary Shmith


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