Emergency communications planning is the driving force behind Triage Communications. Due to the global nature of natural disasters, and man-made disasters, such as the Y2K technology problem and embedded chip systems problem, even experts are unable to predict which communications systems will be operational when disasters strike. Power grids are the most obvious critical utilities, but telephone switching network failures for extended periods could depress international economies.
Decisive action is needed by leadership in the public and private sectors to develop contingency plans for backup communications networks. Our research has produced vital solutions that include local loop, backup wireless communications networks that support wireless phones, two way radios, wireless fire alarms, wireless security alarms, and wireless telemetry devices, such as temperature gauges and flow sensors, that would be essential for oil and gas companies, chemical manufacturers, power and water utilities, should telephone switching networks and systems repeatedly fail operations.
Emergency communications network deployment planning includes the aspect of portability in all wireless communications network designs. Staging areas need to be strategically researched and locations chosen for launching an emergency communications network deployment if natural disasters or Year 2000 technology disruptions occur. All components are self-contained to provide the greatest reliability in the emergency communications network.
A wireless emergency communications network strategy designed for disaster situations including the year 2000 problem or Y2K, should include portable Y2K compliant equipment that is self-contained if there is an extended power grid failure. It must also be a closed loop wireless communications network and operate if power failures occur, or whether the Public Telephone Switching Network (PTSN) is operational, or not.
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