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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 ted.obrien@iridium.com. Iridium Voice Traffic in the Gulf Region August 19, 2005.

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understanding satellite communications for disaster recovery

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

ted.obrien@iridium.com

iridium voice traffic in the gulf region september 2 2005
Iridium Voice Traffic in the Gulf RegionSeptember 2, 2005

Estimated 8-10,000

Iridium users

in the field within 1st two weeks after

Katrina hit

3,000 % increase

in traffic in the

region

iridium network capabilities
Iridium Network Capabilities
  • Requires only one gateway for full global operation
  • No reliance on regional infrastructure or ground routing
  • Voice and data service
iridium call routing for disaster recovery
Iridium Call Routing for Disaster Recovery

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

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Talk Group A. All members on Satellite 1

Talk Group B. All members on Satellite 2

Push To Talk: Phase 1

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Push To Talk: Phase 2

Talk Group A. Members on Satellites 1 and 2 and others

Talk Group B. Members on Satellites 1 and 2 and others

equipment configurations
Equipment Configurations

Multi-Channel

Fixed Service

Vehicular

Mount

Handheld

iridium used for disaster recovery
Iridium was used extensively during Taiwan Earthquake in 1999; South Pole rescue (May 2001); aftermath of September 11, 2001; Arizona Wildfires (July, 2002); New York Blackout (Power Outage in New York in August, 2003); 2004 Florida hurricanes; Disaster Relief following the Asian Tsunami in December, 2004; and the Indonesian Earthquake in January, 2005

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
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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

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Iridium Used for Disaster Recovery

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

september 11 2001 testimonial
September 11, 2001 Testimonial

“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

september 11 2001 pentagon region
September 11, 2001 - Pentagon Region
  • Provided 450 handsets to greater DC military, law enforcement, rescue, and humanitarian forces
needed improvements
User education – solution choices

Multiple systems available

Specific capabilities

Varied requirements (over time, between tasks)

Equipment pre-positioning

Network operators, service providers, users

User training

E.g. dialing, “line-of-sight

Application adoption

E.g. tracking, monitoring

Interoperability

Wide variety of systems employed

Needed Improvements