Verizon readies networks for hurricane season
| 05.24.2007 | 07:43:39 | Views: 4437 | ID:
May 24 '07: In a press release, Verizon announced it is readying its networks for the 2007 hurricane season to make sure that service continues in the event of a disaster. Much of the preparation is through the development of "smart" networks which can re-route communications when damages occur and through extensive inventory cataloguing to help send supplies to repair damaged communications infrastructure.
The release also said the telecommunications company "can also use the resources of its Mobile Communications Command Center fleet, which provides emergency communications and relief personnel for disaster victims and corporate customers." The fleet is comprised of "two 53-foot semi-trailers and a 40-foot executive coach with a 25-foot communications-equipment trailer," which can be deployed in 24 hours.The ready and response services are maintained by the company's Verizon Business which "conducts regular training, holds disaster exercises, regularly maintains disaster recovery documentation, and performs preventative maintenance on all recovery assets and support tools." Verizon has also developed business continuity plans, as well as backup systems to help restore wireless systems quickly using year-round testing teams, and backup generators at cell towers and routers the press release announced.
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