Re: [gaia] disaster relief communication

Arzak Khan <> Thu, 05 October 2017 13:50 UTC

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Dear All,

We at Internet Policy Observatory Pakistan are running an initiative called TOPS (Tactical Operations) activated during disasters across Pakistan. Basically our tactical operations provide the following:

  *   1) Tactical Operations team uses portable satellite communications equipment to provide voice and data communications for aid workers who rely on these tools to coordinate logistics and deliver lifesaving supplies.
  *   2) Provide vital ICT Support (Internet, Telephone, Sat-phone and E-mail) to first responders and relief organizations.
  *   3) Establish multiple communications center equipped with internet, phone and radio capabilities. In addition, iPOP tactical operations team also provides free phone calls to people living in temporary camps and shelters.
  *   4) Establish dedicated communication center for women enabling them to communication and reconnect them with displaced family members.

We have been working jointly with Provincial Disaster Management Authorities on various missions during floods, earthquake and other man made disasters. You can learn more about it


Internet Policy Observatory Pakistan | iPOP Tactical ...<>
Internet Policy Observatory Pakistan tactical operations team can establish satellite based communications system so government agencies, humanitarian organizations ...

I would be happy to share further insight in to out planning and deployment if needed.


Arzak Khan

From: gaia <> on behalf of Kurtis Heimerl <>
Sent: Tuesday, October 3, 2017 6:14 PM
To: Rex Buddenberg
Cc: gaia; Steve Song; Arjuna Sathiaseelan
Subject: Re: [gaia] disaster relief communication

I want to support Steve's request here; as someone who has dabbled in Disaster Relief it feels like there's an opportunity to do impactful work in the space but I don't know of any good places to get grounded in the current state of the art. Can we have any part of the upcoming GAIA meeting be focused on exploring this topic? Any domain experts in Singapore we can invite?

On Tue, Oct 3, 2017 at 11:04 AM, Rex Buddenberg <<>> wrote:
Suggest that there are two (at least) genres that need to be merged --
treated together.  Emergency services (reach to fire/ ambulance/
police/ ...) is the other genre.  In a disaster, expect a push to build
out both.

Emergency services communications is one of the bastions of non-IP
technologies.  P25 is an example of a protocol heavily pushed by
various emergency services agencies. But it's non-routable.  Much of
the development has been colored by the perceived need to jam whatever
comms link is concocted into the narrowband Land Mobile Radio channels
(25kHz and less).

The economics is that the two genres end up costing twice for the
infrastructure.  This is true both for permanent infrastructure and
quick-build into disaster areas.

Warning: this is an area of acrimonious debate, often sadly lacking in
facts.  But it is a debate that needs to be joined.

On Tue, 2017-10-03 at 17:40 +0100, Arjuna Sathiaseelan wrote:
> Hello Steve,
> the IEEE global humanitarian technology conference is a good venue to
> look at for the latest research/deployment experience papers:
> last year:
> /
> this looks like a good journal to keep an eye on when the papers get
> published:
> -critical-public-safety-communications-architectures-enabling-
> technologies-future-applications/
> regards
> a decent survey paper:
> on_technologies_for_public_safety.pdf
> regards
> On 3 October 2017 at 17:25, Steve Song <<>> wrote:
> >
> > Hi all,
> >
> > Are there any particularly good web resources and/or academic
> > papers that
> > profile the range of disaster relief technologies / solutions both
> > planned
> > and currently in use?
> >
> > Many thanks... Steve
> >
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