Vodafone displays disaster recovery skills with emergency network demo

Computerworld NZ, 15 September 2015.


Vodafone NZ has demonstrated its portfolio of emergency network options for remote, zero-coverage areas, as part of a live civil defence simulation for customers and the emergency services.

The solutions showcased help first response teams establish 4G connectivity within minutes of arriving on-site, to provide temporary remote coverage in disaster recovery operations, emergency responses, tactical situations, or at special events.

Running over Vodafone’s mobile network, a portable system known as the Nokia Network in a Box was demonstrated, along with the Vodafone Z-Car, a prototype 4G mobile cell site in a vehicle, which is operational as soon as it is switched on and even when on-the-move.

“Although we’re able to provide network coverage to more than 98 percent of the population where they live, work and play, there are some remote locations our mobile network just can’t reach due to the ruggedness of parts of New Zealand’s landscape and our low population density,” says Tony Baird, Technology Director, Vodafone New Zealand.

“In an emergency where every second can count, speed is of the essence. The Nokia Network in a Box can be set-up anywhere, at anytime, and can be operational within around 15-minutes, while the Vodafone Z-Car is operational as soon as it is switched on.”

“These technologies will help ensure that our emergency services can remain connected not only via voice calls, but by being able to access video and high speed data while in the field,” Baird adds.

“Having voice and data services in areas with limited or no network coverage is a critical requirement for first responders.

“The Nokia Network in a Box offers standard authorised IP connectivity and can provide complete network coverage through the Vodafone network for the emergency services in minutes.”

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