Telecom equipment and solutions provider VNL has signed a memorandum of understanding with BSNL to provide solutions for disaster management. The ‘Relief 123′ service will restore connectivity at disaster sites, help locate the affected and integrate information across platforms to enable informed decision-making for quick relief.
The service is an integrated disaster response solution for first responders and public safety agencies. The solution is designed and manufactured by VNL and the backhaul connectivity will be provided by BSNL. The service has been designed to work in different scenarios, including natural disasters such as earthquakes, storms, floods and tsunamis.
The move to deploy comprehensive communication solutions will also bring BSNL and disaster management agencies National Disaster Management Authority and National Disaster Relief Force on one platform for better coordination that will go a long way in saving lives during natural calamities. This model can be scaled for SAARC countries, wherein BSNL would have roaming agreements with local mobile service operators, and have type approvals executed in advance with local regulator. This will enable affected community to use their local numbers.