Sunday, 17 January 2016
Location: South Pacific 1
Since 2007, eCLIC (the Emergency Communications Leadership and Innovation Center) has evangelized the principles of democratized innovation and collaborative leadership to improve emergency communications. For years, we have spread this message at the Pacific Telecommunications Council (PTC) Annual “Emergency Communications & Disaster Management workshop” (ECDM), the US Pacific Command’s Pacific Endeavor (PE), Carnegie Mellon University Silicon Valley’s Disaster Management Initiative (DMI), and other venues.
In 2009, eCLIC and Carnegie Mellon University Silicon Valley joined forces. CMUSV/eCLIC collaboratively supported both PE and PTC 2009 through 2015. Again, we will support the ECDM workshop on 17 JAN, at PTC’16 in Oahu, Hawaii (see www.ptc.org). For 2015, REDCOM’s Klaus Gueldenpfennig and O3b’s Jack Deasy joined Pat Lanthier as Co-Chairs of the PTC ECDM.
PTC and the ECDM workshop are international events. The full conference attracts 1000+ leaders from communications companies, governments, military, humanitarian groups, academia and emergency services from 50+ countries. The ECDM also collaborates with USPACOM’s PE (23 countries, via the Multinational Communications Interoperability Program - MCIP) and the UN Working Group on Emergency Communications (UNWGET).
We invite you to collaborate with us at PTC’16. Help us “Reimagine Emergency Telecoms” via a “Whole Community” approach for Emergency Communications and Disaster Management (ECDM).
Director, Government Solutions, O3b Networks
Manager, Emergency Telecoms, & Disaster Response Capability, New Zealand Red Cross
Following a disaster it must be assumed that the infrastructure we take for granted will cease to be available, due to physical damage, lack of power, or simple overuse. Without infrastructure we cannot use Cellphones nor can we recharge cellphone batteries. The previous sentence is not 100% true, emergency power can be sourced with a tiny investment in hardware, and alternative means of communication, ad hoc networks, can be established using smartphones and freely available “store and forward” data applications. Currently available commercial off the shelf hardware enables these ad hoc networks to link with distant conventional networks and communicate with the wider world. In the near future hardware, currently in prototype, will permit the joining of these ad hoc networks into a wider area mesh.
VP, Cisco Systems, and Director, Global Programs, NetHope
Chief, Multinational C4 Interoperability Branch, J651, United States Pacific Command, US Navy