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Compendium of ITU's Work on Emergency Telecommunications

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This publication presents, for the first time under one cover, the work being done by ITU's three Sectors (Radiocommunication, Standardization and Telecommunication Development) in the field of emergency telecommunications (or disaster communications). The release of this compendium is timely since disasters are striking with increased frequency and magnitude, resulting in unprecedented loss of human life, not to mention economic disruption and damage. The electronic versions are free of charge as of 2014.

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Activities in ITU-R concerning radiocommunications for emergency and disaster relief

Studies on radiocommunications for emergency situations and for ensuring safety of life represent a major responsibility of the ITU Radiocommunication Sector. The Radio Regulations (RR) contain numerous provisions for those services associated with distress and safety communications, such as the maritime, aeronautical and radiodetermination services. In addition, there exist many texts (ITU-R Recommendations, Reports, Handbooks) developed by the Radiocommunication Study Groups that have a direct bearing on prediction, detection and radiocommunications relating to disasters and emergencies. These address aspects of spectrum management, such as the protection of safety services from unwanted emissions, as well as providing information on the technical characteristics, spectrum requirements, channelling plans and operational aspects of systems used by services that play a safety of life role.

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