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Friday, September 16, 2005

Satellite-Based Emergency Network in Los Angeles County

From Government Technology:

The Los Angeles County Office of Emergency Management and Network Innovation Associates Inc. are installing a LinkStar satellite private network from ViaSat Inc. for the County's first responder network.

The Emergency Satellite Communications Network (ESCN) is designed to be the backbone for the Emergency Management Information System (EMIS) that L.A. County fire, law enforcement, health, and safety agencies rely on for communications in the event of a disaster. The three-year contract, valued at approximately $1.5 million, includes networking equipment for 137 locations, plus network services through the ViaSat Customer Care Center.

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All the attributes of satellite communication make it a natural fit for emergency operations. Disasters often cut or create gaps in terrestrial service, but, by virtue of its wireless nature and wide area coverage, satellite networks are immune to interruptions on the ground.

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