Star Navigation announces medevac agreement

Brampton, Ont.-based Star Navigation Systems Group Ltd. announces that the company has entered into a long-term agreement with AMS Heli Design of Denison, Texas.

AMS is a helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) interior provider, specializing in air ambulance configuration through the use of new lightweight materials and new generation technologies.

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As a result of this agreement, the parties are now offering the STAR-ISAMM System as part of the HEMS configuration. STAR-ISAMM interfaces with existing bio-medical equipment aboard a medical evacuation and transport helicopter or airplane. It securely transmits the patients’ vital signs and other critical information directly to receiving hospital physicians through satellite communications or the global system for mobile communications (GSM), while at the same time providing tracking and location of the vehicle. These data services allow early patient assessment and initiation of the best possible care plan, well before the patient arrives at the facility.

The STAR-ISAMM System was first successfully presented live in Montreal at the end of 2018, to both the private sector and government bodies. It will be fitted into an integrated EMS kit by AMS and sold initially to the U.S. and Canada by AMS, leveraging on its expertise in helicopters and established presence and from 2020 in all world regions.

The STAR-ISAMM System is the result of the combined efforts of both the company’s internal R&D department and those of its Montreal subsidiary, STAR-ISONEO INC. and is an innovative application of the company’s patented STAR-ISMS technology.

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Andrea Girolin, CEO at AMS said: “Our vision is to support customers with EMS interiors meeting their operational requirements using new technologies and materials, being light weight, solid, safe and durable.”

J-L Larmor, vice-president of Corporate Development at Star, said: “Star has now a unique and leading position in the HEMS sector, being able to not only provide airborne data services to the aerospace industry but expanding our breadth to serve the EMS sector by providing medical data services. Both AMS and Star are excited about being world leaders in providing the best health care for EMS patients.”

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