ITU Panel as a side event of LLDC on “Addressing Connectivity Challenges in LLDCs ” (Vienna, Austria, 3 November 2014). ITU-D MDRU Project: an Introduction. Toshikazu SAKANO, NTT Network Innovation Laboratories in Yokosuka, Japan. [email protected] Contents.
Background and overview
What is MDRU?
ITU-D MDRU Project: scope and current status
Wide area network
An R&D project aiming at reducing the ICT service demand/supply gap was launched in March 2012 with a support of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications of Japan.
Member organizations are NTT Network Innovation Labs., NTT Communications, Tohoku University and Fujitsu.
The goal of the project is to establish the network and services for disaster affected area fast and flexible.
To reach this goal, we proposed a resilient network architecture based on a movable and deployable ICT resource unit ( we call MDRU).
Once a disaster occurs, an MDRU is carried to a disaster affected area and promptly delivers ICT services to the people around the unit locally.
what MDRU is all about.
Extension of areas and capacity by networking MDRUs
Attaché case type MDRU
Miniaturization of MDRU
ICT Resource Capacity/ Robustness
Small unit with limited function
Mobility/ Expandability/ Flexibility
Securing the connectivity in the disaster area is always the first priority over every restoring activities
In November, 2013, Super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) crossed the middle of Philippines and caused devastating damage.
ITU-D, MIC (Japanese Government) and DOST(Philippine Government) signed the agreement for this project in the middle of May this year.
ITU-D quickly responded to this situation and proposed an MDRU project.
The objective of the project is to install an MDRU in northern Cebu in Philippine and conduct a feasibility study to confirm the effectiveness of MDRU and also to contribute to the restoration of the typhoon affected area.
(Project Leader: Mrs. Gisa Fuatai Purcell)
San Remigio City
In the study, MDRU deployment in the disaster affected area is simulated as a disaster drill. This simulation plans to be conducted several times during the project period.
By conducting the items above with the operation of volunteer-based municipal employees and residents, the study confirms the feasibility and effectiveness of the MDRU solution.
Wi-Fi network area
Grand launching of the project with the installation of core part of MDRU is planned in December this year and the feasibility study will last until September next year.
MDRU is now not just an R&D outcome, but is about to be a real countermeasure for natural disasters and other threats.
ITU-D MDRU project has already started as the training of MDRU operation to the people in Cebu.
A part of MDRU R&D in Japan is from “the R&D on the reconfigurable communication resource unit for disaster recovery,” and “the R&D on “Movable ICT Units” for emergency transportation into disaster-affected areas and multi-unit connection,” both supported by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications of Japan.
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