BGAN portable satellites are very popular in emergency management given their small size, rapid deployability, and relatively low cost of acquisition. Unlike satellite phones, BGAN terminals provide both high-speed Internet and voice which is a very good option if you need to connect a laptop, tablet, smartphone or any other wireless device. In this article, we will walk you through the most popular BGAN options we encounter with public safety agencies.
When Anonymous took international attention related to hacktivism, government and fortune 500 companies took notice. A new generation of cyber warriors was able to hold national governments and multi-billion dollar companies at bay and exploit their vulnerabilities in the name of modern day Robin Hoods. Now there is a lot of opinions and speculation regarding the idea of Anonymous and similar groups claiming to be activist, whether or not they are in fact domestic terrorist or simply looking out for the average citizen. From the U.S. Presidential elections to exposing corrupt corporate moguls, Anonymous has made a name for themselves. Working closely with counter-terrorism and intelligence experts, I have gained valuable insight into such groups from the National Security perspective and from the perspective of the groups themselves. Seeing this modern battleground from both sides, I am partial to believe that the motives behind each battlefront are actually fairly similar and if combined to a common objective, could benefit both sides.
Vulnerable populations have long presented issues in emergency management and public safety. The concept of having to not only communicate with those who have language barriers, but also trying to get them to commit to an action is difficult.
2017 is almost over and we're already working on new blog posts for 2018. In the meantime, here are the most-read stories about emergency management this year!
When public safety responders are dealing with emergency situations, breakdowns in communication are barriers to public safety. In order to get the most out of an emergency plan, it must be communicated successfully every step of the way. Anticipation is the key to preventive planning and response, so what communications challenges should emergency responders expect?