Built-in resiliency through satellite communications can save time, lives in disaster response

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Modern “wireless” connections, like Wi-Fi and cellular service, are actually not wireless at all. In fact, they depend on wires that run underground and over old-fashioned telephone poles to send communications signals back and forth to the core network. They are only truly ‘wireless’ at the last segment of the transmission – when the connection hands off to a Wi-Fi access point or cell tower that broadcasts the signal the rest of the way to your device. But during a natural disaster, that can be a major vulnerability.

When terrestrial communications networks go down in the wake of an earthquake, a tornado or flooding from a hurricane, Wi-Fi and cellular connections simply won’t work. For government agencies in the business of providing vital services to citizens, a backup communications plan is essential to ensure business continuity at all times – and especially in times of natural disaster.

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