Norwegian Technology Improves Emergency Preparedness In Svalbard

Telenor, Andøya Space Center and Robot Aviation are joining forces to develop and test Norwegian unmanned aerial systems in order to improve preparedness in Svalbard.

Commercial shipping, tourism and cruise ship traffic to Svalbard and the surrounding marine areas have all grown dramatically in recent years, and this growth is set to continue. Norwegian technology companies want to start using drones to improve situational awareness, meet communications needs and make us better able to handle incidents.

– Large geographic distances and areas without satisfactory coverage for mobile communication, VHF or Maritime Broadband Radio (MBR) in the area around Svalbard could prove to be challenging in the event of situations such as accidents or natural disasters, explains Guttorm Albrigt Hansen, Head of Telenor Svalbard.


Testing an emergency response drone

Now Telenor Svalbard, Andøya Space Center and Robot Aviation are joining forces to develop and test a Norwegian emergency response unmanned aerial systems, which will be fitted with telecommunications equipment as well as photo and video cameras, radar and other sensors.

The system is initially intended to be used for emergency response in the event of major accidents or disasters. The team will then assess whether the system is suitable for other purposes, such as inspection work after avalanches, animal counting and temporary communications coverage.


About the project

The three parties involved on the project are all bringing specialist expertise and experience to the partnership. Collaboration is essential if the project is to be implemented successfully, as it is expected to be difficult both in terms of technology and the climatic conditions in which they will be operating.  The project is expected to last for around one year. Start-up is planned for June or July 2018.


The parties behind the project

Robot Aviation

Robot Aviation develops and produces fixed-wing unmanned aerial systems for monitoring, inspection, safety and emergency response missions. The systems are designed to operate under challenging conditions with extensive endurance and range.

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Børre Larsen, CEO, mobile +47 93057333, email

Niklas Nyroth, Director of Sales and Marketing, mobile +46 708961246,

Telenor Svalbard

Telenor is a leading supplier of telecommunications systems, with extensive experience in construction and operation in the Arctic regions. Telenor Norway uses Svalbard as an arena for innovation and testing new technologies, with a particular focus on emergency response systems. Telenor Svalbard supplies fibre services to all the residents of Longyearbyen, as well as the latest mobile technology, with excellent coverage in large parts of the areas in which the vast majority live and operate.

For more information, please contact:
Guttorm Albrigt Hansen, CEO Telenor Svalbard, email:, telephone: +47 90036537


Andøya Space Center (ASC)

Andøya Space Center supplies advanced services relating to launching rockets with scientific payloads, scientific measurements from ground stations, space-related training, as well as testing civilian and military applications. The ASC has many years of experience in advanced operations using large drones and in Arctic region operations.

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