radio email for natural disasters
HF/SSB radio email service provides effective communication
in the case of natural disasters or other emergencies - such
as a ferry sinking or bus crash - even if local area
terrestrial communication facilities are damaged, destroyed
example, during the 2004 tsunami that stuck SE Asia, many
yachts using BRUNEI
HF/SSB email services became
communication relay points because the normal local
communication facilities were damaged or overloaded.
is located in Brunei, on the NW coast of Borneo, where it is protected
from those areas where natural disasters - such as
earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes, tropical storms - commonly
occur, or where they can impact.
internet networks and connections to the rest of the world
have proven extremely dependable. Two
separate undersea cables and a satellite telecommunications
link provide redundancy to Bruneiís internet
service, to help guarantee a reliable flow of emails
between our HF/SSB radio email base and the rest of the
world. For example:
- When a
ship dragged its anchor over an undersea cable off China
a few years ago, all of Australiaís Bigpond internet
subscribers lost their email and web browsing service,
because Bigpond had only one link to the Internet; via
that cable. Brunei also uses that cable, but because
Brunei also has two other links to the Internet, BRUNEI
HF/SSB radio email services were not affected.
- In the
earthquake off Taiwan on Christmas Day 2006, many
countries in SE Asia lost their international internet
connection for days, and some had seriously reduced
service capacity/reliability for weeks. Brunei did not
suffer the same problems and our
email subscribers had no change in their service
quality; their emails were moving like normal.
the Tsunami hit the coasts of Indonesia, Sri Lanka,
Thailand, the Andamans and Malaysia in 2004, many shore
internet and email facilities were destroyed or
overwhelmed with traffic.
continued their normal email operations with no
is located on the west coast of Borneo, facing the South
China Sea. It is 5 degrees north, so our antennas and
internet infrastructure are beyond the reach of Tropical
Storms. There are no active volcanoes and we are not on
or near any fault lines that could initiate earthquakes
to disrupt communication or electricity services.
adjacent South China Sea and countries around this
enclosed sea are also free of volcano and fault lines
that could create tsunamis to impact Bruneiís coast and
infrastructures. Brunei is a stable and well established
nation, with the
longest serving family monarchy in the world. Shell
International staff confirm that Brunei is their most
reliable and dependable oil and gas production operation
outside of Europe.
based in Brunei and use the same reliable internet
infrastructures, our HF/SSB radio email services provide a high standard of reliability.
HF/SSB radio email service utilises a similar low-cost
equipment/software integration solution that is already deployed by
governments for important and time critical tasks:
- In the
USA, the government has established a HF/SSB radio email
service as the principle nationwide public
communications email system for Natural Disasters. HF/SSB
radio email was chosen because it works without a
complex network of high maintenance linking facilities
that require multiple relays, lots of electricity and
highly trained technicians to keep them running. The USA
government chose HF/SSB radio email ahead of more
complex and therefore more vulnerable technologies.
Australia, the Bureau of Meteorology established a HF/SSB
radio email system to gather important weather data from remote
islands in the Pacific. It's far cheaper than more sophisticated
systems, simpler to maintain where advanced electronics
technicians are not available, plus installation,
operation and trouble shooting is within the capability
of most people. It only needs a limited power supply,
can be installed by almost anyone, and can be easily
moved if required. Therefore the system is far more
dependable and adaptable.
evidence demonstrates that the relative simplicity of HF/SSB
email communication systems, the low cost, ease of
maintenance and strategic reliability, is generating an
expansion of use by individuals, aid-agencies and
governments; especially for critical services. This is
despite Ė or perhaps because of - the advent of more
sophisticated but expensive and fragile systems.
(radio, radio modem and antenna) can be quickly deployed to
immediately address important email communication
HF/SSB radio email terminals can also be established ahead
of time for regular use by isolated communities - eg: for
medical, educational and community tourism needs - so local
people are already familiar with their use.
The software to create and read
emails, and control the radio/modem, can be run on a
low-specification (eg: used) notebook.
for the entire system - radio, modem, and notebook - can be
from a 12v car battery charged by solar panel, micro-hydro,
wind generator, and/or small portable
generator. This makes the system independent of
major electrical distribution networks that are likely to be
disrupted in a natural disaster.
antenna can be as simple as a single wire suspended from one
tree at it's centre, with the ends pegged out to the ground,
to create an unverted V shape. Easily raised to install and
easily lowered if it needs to be moved elsewhere.
radio that transmits and receives emails, can also be used
for voice communications direct from one radio to the other,
without the need for intermediate relay towers on hilltops,
or complex exchanges, or buried cables or big power
supplies. Voice communication will facilitate local
area co-ordination, and email communication will facilitate
co-ordination with support services etc in more distant
radios have smart technology built inside that allows each
to have a unique ID, so they can be called like a telephone.
They can also swap short text messages. An ALL CALL facility
allows a signal to be sent to all radios in the network and
they will all go into an alarm state, triggering external
whole system can be pre-deployed and regularly used for
routine email and voice communications so people are
familiar with its operation. This can be especially useful
in isolated communities without normal communication
services, and where a part of the local economy involves
people working offshore in boats, or inland in farms,
forests and mining areas.
natural disaster, the equipment is very suited to fast deployment, local
maintenance and operating independently with no other
supporting infrastructure, such as town power
supply, terrestrial phone cables or hilltop communication
February 2009 bushfires near Melbourne (Australia) are an
example of how even a well prepared natural disaster
capability can fall into complete disarray and become almost
irrelevant because communication systems did not work:
sophisticated communication services - including trunked
VHF/UHF radio networks used by fire services, police,
ambulance and emergency services all stopped working. So
did the mobile phone service and the FM radio service,
which meant the early warning system designed to tell
residents to evacuate also failed. This occurred in
areas just 50 to 200 kms from Melbourne, where the
levels of awareness, preparedness, pre-deployed
equipment and trained manpower was high.
Because the sophisticated communication systems failed,
the heads of Police, Fire and Emergency services in
their "War Room" in Melbourne had almost no
communication with their massive manpower resource and
limited capability to direct millions of $ of equipment
and resources to effectively manage this progressively
moving natural disaster. They did not have the
information they expected to have about the movement of
the fires. They were not aware of the large scale
destruction and hundreds of deaths until almost
this occurred principally because the hilltop
communication relay towers and local exchanges that
contained the sophisticated systems stopped working.
Mostly because they ran out of electricity (some had
short term battery backups and some had generators with
a small fuel supply), or in some cases they - or the
cables linking them - were damaged by the fires. Those
that lost mains electricity lost it because of cable
damage, power poles falling down, or because the fire
services turned off the power; a very normal action in
bush fires to prevent electrocution deaths from falling
took eight days for minimal communication services in
the affected areas to be restored and months for
everything to be back to normal. This in a location
where highly trained technicians and a multitude of
spare parts are just one to three hours drive away.
A HF/SSB radio based communication service - voice, data and
email - provides reliable communications despite all the
normal communication system failures that can be predicted
to occur during a natural disaster.
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