- Keeping Communities and Emergency Services Safe and Connected During Emergencies and Disasters
Keeping Communities and Emergency Services Safe and Connected During Emergencies and Disasters
Ensuring public safety through resilient satellite communications
During emergencies or disasters, keeping communication channels open between emergency services, disaster responders and communities is crucial to preventing and reducing loss of human, social and economic impacts.
However, sometimes due to location or nature of the emergency or disaster, terrestrial networks, including mobile are either limited or completely unavailable, severely impacting coordination of emergency teams and public safety.
Satellite communications can overcome this barrier, providing secure, reliable, always-on connectivity that enables governments and public safety services to maintain command & control, situational awareness and continuity of operations in chaotic emergency situations.
In particular satellite communications can:
- support operations where terrestrial communications are absent or compromised;
- offer rapid deployment to emergency scenes with man-portable or vehicle communications;
- enable interconnection for widely distributed sites and interoperability for disparate networks;
- augment the coverage, capacity & resilience of land radio networks (cellular or PMR);
Over recent years, satellite communications have evolved to include a range of solutions such as voice, narrowband data, broadband data and over-the-top network services to fixed and mobile sites, all at varying qualities of service and price points.
Traditionally MSS systems have been deployed to serve first responders (individual personnel and vehicles) as essential communications tools, with the larger but more capable VSAT FSS systems being deployed at later stages as bandwidth requirements increase, more complex operational needs emerge, and the price premium for MSS becomes onerous.
However, L, C and Ku-band VSAT systems have often struggled to cope with the growing demands for data, data throughput, deployment time, mobility and affordability from public safety authorities.
Newer technology such as Avanti’s High Throughput Satellites (HTS) and its Ka-band technology, offers substantial operational advantages over legacy VSAT systems for public safety applications.
Avanti’s HYLAS satellite fleet exclusively utilises Ka-band HTS technology and we have extensive coverage across the UK, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
We offer a range of reliable and resilient satellite services for fixed, deployable and mobile communications that will enable public safety and disaster response communications. Find out more about our services here.
We are successfully providing satellite communications for two major public safety and disaster resilience projects; read more on one of the projects below.
Satellite Enablement for Disaster Risk Reduction in Kenya – SatDRR
Ultising Avanti’s leading satellite technology, SatDRR aims to improve Kenyan capacity to effectively plan for and respond to disasters.
The project, funded under the UK Space Agency’s International Partnership Programme (IPP), will provide secure fixed and mobile satellite communications via Avanti’s Ka-band satellite, HYLAS 2, for emergency situations such as conflict, famine, floods and disease outbreaks. Working closely with Kenyan Ministry of Interior and other Kenyan Government agencies, Red Cross Society in Kenya, and project partners, Torchlight Group Limited, Airbus Defence and Space (Intelligence), Global Radiodata Communications.
SatDRR Kenya will enable emergency responders and humanitarian organisations to act quickly and effectively on the ground, enabled by satellite communication.
The project will also provide earth observation data to improve Kenya’s pre-, during and post-disaster strategy and planning, allowing end-users to access information on large-scale disasters such as floods and droughts.
Through resilient satellite connectivity and accurate remote sensing data, the SatDRR Kenya project will save lives, as well as reducing the social and economic impact on affected communities.