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Understanding Satellite Communications for Disaster Recovery. Near Term Satellite Communications for Disaster Recovery. John R. “Ted” O’Brien VP, Market Development tel no 1 (301) 571-6252 firstname.lastname@example.org. Iridium Voice Traffic in the Gulf Region August 19, 2005.
Near Term Satellite Communications for Disaster Recovery
John R. “Ted” O’Brien
VP, Market Development
tel no 1 (301) 571-6252
in the field within 1st two weeks after
3,000 % increase
in traffic in the
Iridium’s call path is highly secure and disaster proof. Calls seamlessly transit inter-satellite links, never relying on ground transport. Iridium to Iridium calls go directly from satellite phone to satellite to phone.
Tamil Nadu, India Post Tsunami
Iridium 9505 Handset
Iridium Gateway Tempe, Arizona
Talk Group B. All members on Satellite 2
Push To Talk: Phase 1
Talk Group A. Members on Satellites 1 and 2 and others
Talk Group B. Members on Satellites 1 and 2 and others
Iridium's Service Partners activated nearly 800 phones in the 1st two days of September, 2004 in preparation for hurricane Frances
Iridium users and traffic in the tsunami-affected area doubled in early January
On December 29 Iridium temporarily
reopened Northern Sri Lanka
communications to assist relief efforts.Iridium Used for Disaster Recovery
In aftermath of Hurricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne that devastated parts of Florida and the Caribbean, Iridium handsets were used by Hillsborough County’s Emergency Support Function Group before landline and cell phone capabilities were restored.
Photo Near Tampa, FL; August 2004
by Hillsborough County Extension Relief Team
In response to Hurricane Frances, GMPCS provided more than 400 phones to emergency response teams, local businesses and essential public services, including Florida Power and Light (FPL).
Photos near Jensen Beach, Florida following Hurricane Frances – Sept. ’04
“Shortly after the World Trade Towers were struck, Verizon lost all service from their West Street Central switching office. My cell phone was essentially useless, as was our landline home line. I walked out to a clear area on our street and turned on my Iridium handset.
It quickly responded with "Registered" and the signal came up. It meant more than I can say to have that call go through at that moment. I carry my Iridium handset regardless of how short a trip may be. Your service is an indispensable communications tool.”
Gerald AnzanoING Asset Management
Multiple systems available
Varied requirements (over time, between tasks)
Network operators, service providers, users
E.g. dialing, “line-of-sight
E.g. tracking, monitoring
Wide variety of systems employedNeeded Improvements