Handbook on Emergency Telecommunications

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This Handbook on Emergency Telecommunications is written to serve as a close companion to those involved in the noble work of providing as well as using telecommunications for disaster mitigation and relief. It simplifies and demystifies the complex technical issues that characterize the fast evolving field of telecommunications, especially in this era of convergence and emergence of next-generation networks. While designed to be simple, the Handbook is comprehensive, compact and contains useful factual information that is concise and organized for easy access, in particular by practitioners.



Telecommunications as Tools for the Providers of Emergency Response

Telecommunications are indispensable tools for the operational emergency management. The speed of response and, most of all, the appropriateness of such response, depend on the real-time exchange of information among a multitude of partners. Reliable Telecommunications are also a prerequisite for the safety and security of those who often risk their own life in their efforts to save lives and to alleviate the suffering caused by disasters. Last but not least, success in mobilizing of resources depends to a large degree on the quality of reporting from the site of an event.


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