Our society has evolved into an ultra-connected Web 2.0 world. As consumers crave more usability and interoperability, business sectors are striving to meet those needs. One sector that is being challenged by these needs is the public and private safety sectors. It seems this industry is behind the times, as it struggles to find a dedicated communication system. Finding enough revenue to fund a modern and reliable way to stay connected can be a daunting task. Many safety sectors do not have a huge budget to spend on telecommunications, but there are innovations that are making the expense less of a hinderance.
One solution has been the advancement in broadband and the use of satellites. Modern innovations in the broadband industry have given businesses the ability to manage different traffic types and receive and send multiple channels of communication. These innovations can help corporations, small businesses, communities and even governments to communicate faster and more efficiently.
In particular, the public and private safety sector can benefit the most from these innovations because of the severe lag of progression in their communication systems. A good example of a costly communication service this sector must have is a wireless network, such as that used by emergency services. Video surveillance cameras and sensors are other useful tools that this sector struggles to afford. Several telecommunications businesses are creating ways to make reliable communication more affordable using the basis of VNO models.
VNO stands for virtual network operator, which means a business resells network services from another telecommunications company. This allows these businesses to offer their services at a lower cost. With no physical infrastructure to deal with, VNO models allow the providers to offer the most reliable broadband. Companies, who offer this type of system model can provide services that greatly benefit the safety sector, such as:
- Back-up for mission critical fixed line communication
- Remote backhaul for public safety communication infrastructure
- Temporary nomadic broadband access in case of incidents and disaster cases
- Surveillance solutions at remote locations
- Connectivity for remote sensor networks
These services will not only help operations run more efficiently, it will also assure the highest safety standards for employees. No matter where these safety organizations are located, they rely on constant connectivity. Unfortunately, most mobile communication headquarters are not very reliable. In the event of a major disaster, a lack of communication could have serious consequences.
Many may wonder how exactly these type of services are used in mobile communication scenarios. It can be easily explained using the example of firefighters battling a wildfire that is threatening a community. Once the crew has arrived at the spot to organize a central command, an antenna is used to connect with the satellite, establishing a broadband connection. This allows each firefighter the capability to connect to cloud-based WiFi and the ability to send video or audio back to the mobile headquarters. They can also receive information. This service is vital when time is of the essence.
Satellite broadband connectivity is useful in disaster situations, especially when terrestrial connections fail. The satellite in orbit is not prone to terrestrial accidents and failures, which make it a reliable source of back-up. The use of the KA-SAT satellite opens the doors to cost-effective constant communication. It allows for higher bandwidth and faster speeds, which is vital in emergency communication. Not only is use of the KA-SAT cost effective, it is also eco-friendly. This kind of system allows long-distance communication without installation of expensive landlines or large infrastructure.
These new innovations allow for affordable, reliable and constant communication to become available for all entities in the public and private safety sector. With these tools, organizations can continue to protect and serve society with the highest standards of professionalism and safety.