Satellite communication for emergency response
Communication is key in everything and especially in emergency response as better communication means quicker response. Responding quickly in areas affected by conflict or natural disasters could be the matter of life and death in some cases. When armed conflicts have damaged the communication infrastructure “satellite remains the only technology available” says Claudiu Mateescu, Telecom Engineer at ICRC, the International Committee of the Red Cross.
The International Committee of the Red Cross is an impartial, neutral and independent organization whose exclusively humanitarian mission is to protect the lives and dignity of victims of armed conflict and other situations of violence and to provide them with assistance.
In areas of armed conflict the situation is very unpredictable and without proper access to information the situation exposes not only the humanitarian aid workers but the locally affected people as well. “Our colleagues in the field needs communication means. They need to be able to exchange messages with headquarter and regional offices, they need to check the news and different reports online” says Claudiu. This is to be able to provide secure aid as well as to be efficient in the response as time is of the essence. Satellite communications provide this reliable connectivity when no other option is available.
However, the unpredictable nature of humanitarian crisis puts demands on the satellite equipment. “Emergencies are unpredictable, so our rapid deployment is hugely important. A team which is connected will be efficient in humanitarian response” says Claudiu. He moves on by explaining the ideal requirements for a satellite terminal he explains the need for a terminal that is “easy to transport (small dimensions, light)” and should preferably be “easy to be used by a non-technical user”.
At Satcube we offer a solution fit for emergency response. The satellite terminal is easily transportable due to its small size and low weight and its user interface makes it easy to deploy by anyone in just a minute. Emergency response teams can therefore stay prepared and safe with instant connectivity in remote locations. Click here to learn more about Satcube and what it can do for you as an emergency response organization.
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