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Mission systems specialists partner for Canadian Search and Rescue solution

Ottawa, May 26, 2015 – For Immediate Release

Kongsberg Gallium and CRITICAL Software have entered into a strategic partnership to address the needs of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) Search and Rescue Mission Management System (SMMS).

As recognized global market leaders in their fields, the two companies will be leveraging their extensive experience in the delivery of complex, integrated solutions to provide the RCAF with leading-edge planning, command and control and post-mission analysis via a proven, intuitive platform that has been successfully deployed with a number of International Search and Rescue (SAR) Customers.

The Kongsberg Gallium/CRITICAL Software team will build on over 25 years’ experience in the architecture, delivery and support of advanced, mission-critical solutions to meet the unique requirements of the Canadian Search and Rescue Mission Management Program. 

The team’s unparalleled domain experience will significantly reduce program risk through the delivery of proven, Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) components. The flexible and open, modular, ‘system of systems’ approach will facilitate the incorporation of additional sensory inputs and software modules in order to future-proof the resulting solution and allow for capability upgrades and enhancements.

Leveraging Kongsberg Gallium’s domestic presence, the team will deliver and support the solution from Kongsberg Gallium’s Kanata headquarters.

“The partnership between Kongsberg Gallium and CRITICAL Software offers the RCAF a truly world-class solution leveraging the proven capabilities of two industry-leading organizations in this field.  As a Canadian company with the backing of the $3Bn KONGSBERG Group, we are very excited about the agreement with CRITICAL Software and the opportunity to architect a Canadian solution that can serve as the benchmark for SAR operations globally”, said Ranald McGillis, President of Kongsberg Gallium.

João Carreira, Ph.D, Co-Founder and President at CRITICAL Software, said “We’re delighted to announce this new partnership, which will enable us to bring our Search and Rescue expertise to the internationally-recognised Royal Canadian Air Force. Our capabilities will enable more cost-effective and efficient fulfilment of Search and Rescue responsibilities, building on our proven technologies which deliver faster incident response times, greater risk awareness, better co-ordination and management and improved situational awareness.”


About Kongsberg Gallium: Based in Ottawa, Canada, Kongsberg Gallium ( develops leading situational awareness and Command and Control software solutions that allow users of geospatial information to architect high performance, real-time, mission critical applications. The Company provides a complete range of customized solutions for customers worldwide, leveraging over twenty-five years of experience and world class in-house software components. Kongsberg Gallium is a subsidiary of Kongsberg Defence Systems.

About CRITICAL SOFTWARE: CRITICAL Software is an international company providing dependable solutions, services and technologies for business critical information systems, providing software tools that protect individuals, monitor equipment safety and guarantee business critical processes are carried out in a secure and efficient way. Our solutions help organisations control their costs and improve performance by providing the real-time feedback needed to quickly identify and resolve issues that inhibit process, product and services improvements.

OVERSEE, the flagship software platform developed by CRITICAL Software specifically for the International SAR Community has been awarded the ‘Best Technical Innovation’ at the SAR Europe Conference two years in a row. In granting the award to CRITICAL Software in 2015, the jury stated, “OVERSEE improves rescue co-ordination staff’s efficiency in responding to SAR incidents. It’s a very intuitive system, and builds and merges the systems already available to Rescue Co-ordination Centers, enabling them to be more efficient and effective in responding to SAR alerts. The system is a huge leap forward in the management of SAR incidents.”

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Posted 2015-05-26
Last Modified 2015-05-28 09:51