Smith Myers , the global leader in cellular communications solutions, has been honoured with a King’s Award for Enterprise Innovation 2024.

Smith Myers ARTEMIS suite of Search and Rescue SAR systems have been saving lives around the world. Recently selected for several major UK, European and North American SAR and Coast Guard Programs, ARTEMIS provides a new and mission critical capability to aircrew/first responders and is deployed around the world in Maritime Patrol, Border Control, Aerial Firefighting and Natural Disasters.   

Announced today (Monday 6 May), Smith Myers has been nationally recognised with the prestigious King’s Award for Enterprise and in particular, for its Excellence in Innovation, an accolade acknowledged worldwide.  

“This is truly a great honour and tribute to our team who have created an evolving and innovative life-saving suite of products. In our 37th year in business, we are delighted to have been recognised for Excellence in Innovation – the key driver of everything we do,” said Peter Myers, co-founder and Company Director. 

As an employee-owned company, Smith Myers attributes its success to a close-knit team of talented engineers and their focus on applying cutting edge technology to provide solutions for its customers.  The company’s 37 years of collaboration with network operators, government agencies, law enforcement, military, and search and rescue organisations has solidified its position as a leader in innovative solutions. By partnering with crewed and uncrewed aircraft and ground-based vehicle OEMs and integrators, Smith Myers continues to expand its product portfolio, including ground-based ARTEMIS systems for use in mountain rescue, on water rescue or remotely operated vehicles. ARTEMIS is acknowledged as the global leader in SAR cellular technology and has previously been recognised by the Royal Aeronautical Society with its Silver Medal award.  

“ARTEMIS is a perfect example of how our team applies industry leading cellular technology to provide a meaningful solution to a real-world problem.  As the first system of its type, ARTEMIS continues to lead the market worldwide.  Close work with our expanding customer base has seen several spirals of capability innovation already.  Simply put, ARTEMIS saves more lives, faster,” said Andrew Munro, Managing Director. “Everyone at Smith Myers should be very proud of this prestigious recognition of their work,” he added.  

The King’s Awards for Enterprise, previously known as The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise, were renamed last year to reflect His Majesty The King’s desire to continue the legacy of HM Queen Elizabeth II’s by recognising outstanding UK businesses. The Award programme, now in its 58th year, is the most prestigious business award in the country, with successful businesses able to use the esteemed King’s Awards Emblem for the next five years. 

About Smith Myers  

Smith Myers Communications Ltd began trading in 1987. The company specialises in designing, developing and manufacturing search and rescue (SAR) mobile phone location systems for Network Operators, Government Agencies, Law Enforcement, Military, and SAR organisations. Its innovation is Artemis, a system for SAR aircraft to turn any mobile phone into a rescue beacon. The SAR worst-case scenario is an out-of-service phone: The subscriber can’t call you, you can’t call them, and the network operator can’t help. Artemis provides a solution with a novel design that, from the air at 35 km, can find a missing person by showing their precise location on a map and providing communications by text and voice, dramatically reducing search times and adding to the crew’s safety. An additional benefit is the ability to broadcast text messages from the aircraft to every responding phone in a disaster area where the local phone network is disabled. In addition to the King’s Award for Enterprise Innovation 2024, previous awards include the Royal Aeronautical Society Silver Medal; ADS Security Innovation Awards, British Engineering Excellence Award, and ICCA (International Critical Communications) Award. 


ARTEMIS can quickly identify and accurately locate mobile telephones in the challenging airborne SAR environment, even where there is no cellular network present.  ARTEMIS can detect cellular handsets at extended ranges of up to 35Km and provide unique capabilities such as mass-mapping and geofencing, which lead to more rapid positive outcomes, even in low light/IMC conditions.  ARTEMIS is not a DF system but uses the actual cellular (2G/3G/4G/5G) protocols to identify, geolocate and communicate with the handsets. ARTEMIS operates stand-alone in complete isolation from the cellular network. 


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