2014 National Hurricane Conference – Show Recap
In Orlando, Florida last week, hundreds of people from the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, and other countries turned out for the 2014 National Hurricane Conference. Each year, the convention is held for industry professionals to discuss the best ways to mitigate hurricane damage while improving disaster recovery and emergency response times during the aftermath of these major storms.
“While Disaster Recovery Journal’s Spring World a few weeks ago was focused on resiliency and preparation, the NHC focused on rebuilding in the aftermath of a disaster,” recalls Skycasters Director of Sales and Marketing, James “Skip” Anderson. “We were approached by companies ranging from mobile hospital groups to insurance companies who need portable internet access to process claims on-site after a disaster.”
Unlike similar gatherings for many other industries, NHC attendees generally have a basic understanding of VSAT technology, satellite internet, and backup communications systems. Government agencies and private organizations have had years to develop disaster response plans and companies have been able to tailor custom solutions for emergency situations and natural disasters. According to Anderson, many professionals attend these shows specifically to speak with satellite internet companies like Skycasters regarding specific needs where no solution currently exists.
Anderson and Skycasters Network Engineer Tom Reed exhibited at the show last week with some of our newest technology. The 1.8 MST, or mobile satellite trailer, continues to generate a lot of attention. Anderson also appeared on local news to discuss the National Hurricane Conference and some of Skycasters’ disaster response strategies and the new mobile antenna.
This 1.8-meter mobile satellite dish is ideal for disaster response efforts in the aftermath of major weather events. Hurricanes, tornadoes, and flooding can damage the existing communications infrastructure and keep people without power and internet access for weeks. When first responders arrive on the scene, they need to be able to communicate and coordinate efforts with other first responders. Having a reliable connection to get online is essential. Skycasters’ 1.8m MST was specifically designed to provide high speeds and reliable service where other options might not exist.
Skycasters looks forward to attending future shows and presenting our cost-effective solutions for businesses and organizations in remote communications, oil and gas mining, and disaster response.
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