Verizon preps Georgia residents for 2008 hurricane season
| 06.05.2008 | 10:27:04 | Views: 6724 | ID:
June 5 '08: In a press release telecommunications company Verizon announced a new public awareness and preparedness push targeting residents in Georgia for the 2008 hurricane season in addition to the company's efforts at strengthening its communications infrastructure. So far in 2008, the company reported more than $80 million in Georgia "to strengthen and enhance its wireless network".
Last year Verizon said it was focusing much of its effort on "smart" networks which could re-reoute communications past damaged lines and towers. The company said at the heart of its network resiliency efforts was its "Mobile Communications Command Center fleet, which provides emergency communications and relief personnel for disaster victims and corporate customers."Preparations this year are similar to last's - the company will have at ready its Wireless Emergency Communications Centers (WECCs), Cells on Wheels (COWs) and Cells on Light Trucks (COLTs) in addition to the mobile command centers. Additionally, Verizon "has enhanced its network along the Georgia coast and along all evacuation routes for more than 100 miles inland in order to be able to immediately double the calling capacity for evacuees in the event a hurricane threatens the Georgia, South Carolina or Florida coastline." To broadcast emergency messages over an FM network, Alert FM was created for Gulf Coast residents which is used by an alliance of broadcasters in the area. The technology uses an "FM structure that incorporates Radio Data System (RDS) technology to send digital information using conventional FM radio broadcasts." National Blueprint Tags: Communication & Public Information, Economic & Infrastructure.
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