STARRS Project

with Dr. Remi Sarkis - 2016-04-20

“Nothing ever comes to one that is worth having, except as a result of hard work.”

- Booker T. Washington -


European project focusing on the design and development of technology for the improvement of environmental risk/crisis management, especially in search and rescue operations (to detect and locate victims' position with a good accuracy as well as to allow alert broadcasting to people in emergency situations).

Dr. Remi Sarkis has contributed in this international project in 2006 till 2008.


Here’s a brief of the project:

People in danger will be detected, located and rescued through their basic cellular radio handsets (GSM and UMTS mobile phones). Additionally, headquarters of rescue teams will be able to know the location of rescuers within the intervention area through their professional handsets (TETRA and TETRAPOL mobile handsets).

STARRS Antenna Tasks:

    • Design and manufacturing of triple band antenna array suitable to be mounted on helicopter and covering the frequency bands: GSM (890-915MHz), DCS (1710-1760MHz) and UMTS (1920-1960MHz).
    • Design and manufacturing of triple band portable antenna array suitable for pedestrian search and rescue missions and covering the frequency bands: GSM, DCS and UMTS. 
    • Design and manufacturing of compact single band antenna array for the localization of TETRA (380-400MHz) professional mobiles.



Remi’s contribution to STARRS: he was in charge of all the antenna development for the STARRS project. The work included proposing micro strip antenna design concepts, numerical simulations using CST, manufacturing, testing and measurements of the antenna arrays. Additionally, Dr. Sarkis proposed coupling correction matrixes for the calibration of the mutual coupling effects in the compact arrays. Successful demonstrations of this project were shown in November 2008 and reported in two TV programs.




Dr. Remi Sarkis
PhD. in Electrical Engineering, M.s. in Management