Norsat supplies BC Emergency Health Services with Comshels to permit reliable communications in mountainous regions

VANCOUVER, Feb. 17, 2015 /CNW/ - Norsat International Inc. ("Norsat") (TSX: NII and NYSE MKT: NSAT), a leading provider of innovative communication solutions that enable the transmission of data, audio and video for remote and challenging applications, today announced its Sinclair Technologies division based in Aurora, Ontario has executed a standing offer with BC Emergency Health Services (BCEHS), to supply up to 16 of the company's Comshel, communications shelters. BCEHS governs the emergency medical services system in B.C. and oversees the BC Ambulance Service. The structures will be installed over the next three years to protect communications equipment in some of the most mountainous western regions of Canada, permitting emergency personnel to effectively service the residents of British Columbia in these harsh and remote environments. 

BC Ambulance Service provides pre-hospital patient care and ambulance transport throughout the province. Reliable communication is a necessity for the safety of residents, as well as emergency personnel when conducting operations in remote and challenging conditions, such as the mountainous regions of the province.

Norsat's Comshel products have been used for years to shelter communications systems from hostile environments, being able to withstand strong winds and a build-up of radial ice. Installations, as long as they are powered properly, can be left for years. The durability and longevity of these Comshel installations means reliability of service, as well as savings in service and replacement of equipment.

Dr. Amiee Chan, chief executive officer of Norsat, commented, "We are pleased to receive this initial order from BCEHS to supply our Comshel structures to ensure reliability of communication to the emergency service personnel that are helping to care for the residents of British Columbia.  For years, Norsat's products have been designed to allow for communication in some of the most challenging and remote environments. The Comshel structures help to ensure network reliability 24/7 with antennas that are installed at the top of mountains where strong crosswinds and ice buildup are prevalent. Due in part to this standing offer, we expect 2015 to be a stronger than average year for our Comshel products as constant reliability of communication, even in the most remote conditions of the world, becomes increasingly important to both public safety, as well as everyday demands."

About Norsat International Inc.
Founded in 1977, Norsat International Inc. is a leading provider of innovative communication solutions that enable the transmission of data, audio and video for remote and challenging applications. Norsat's products and services include leading-edge product design and development, production, distribution and infield support and service of fly-away satellite terminals, microwave components, antennas, Radio Frequency (RF) conditioning products, maritime based satellite terminals and remote network connectivity solutions. More information is available at www.norsat.com, via email at investor@norsat.com or by phone at 1-604-821-2800.

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SOURCE Norsat International Inc.

For further information: Dr. Amiee Chan, President & CEO, Tel: 604 821-2800, Email: achan@norsat.com; Mr. Arthur Chin, Chief Financial Officer, Tel: 604 821-2800, Email: achin@norsat.com; Robert Blum, Adam Lowensteiner and Joe Diaz, Lytham Partners, LLC, Tel: 602-889-9700 (Phoenix), Tel: 646-829-9700 (New York), norsat@lythampartners.com

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