Hughes Network Systems has released its storm preparedness system, Hughes Emergency Systems, in order to help businesses and government offices be prepared for the 2014 Atlantic Ocean hurricane season.
The satellite offerings include emergency response, continuity of operations and network restoration that the company intends to be options for agencies and businesses to maintain broadband connectivity in the event of a natural disaster, Hughes said Tuesday.
According to Hughes, researchers at Colorado State University have forecasted a slower storm season with nine named storms.
CSU also anticipates three hurricanes will make landfall and one will be a major storm with winds over 110 miles per hour.
“As we’ve unfortunately seen time and time before, it only takes one major storm to bring everything down,” said Tony Bardo, assistant vice president for government solutions at Hughes.
“The best time to respond to a disaster is before it happens. Disaster-ready agencies are better prepared to continue normal operations during the disaster and provide needed services to the public throughout the disaster and in its aftermath–and secure, reliable communications are essential for preparedness.”
Hughes has developed a list of basic steps to help government agencies, enterprises and small businesses stay connected during and after a hurricane that include having a back-up generator, corded phone and batteries to keep technology running, subscribing to a resilient, high-speed network service, broadband, so that decision-makers and emergency operators can stay connected even if networks fail.
Technology that will support Hughes Emergency Systems includes the SPACEWAY(R) 3 Ka-band satellite system, EchoStar(R) XVII satellite with JUPITER(TM) high-throughput technology, Hughes said.
The company also recommends organizations back-up information frequently and store the data in dependable facilities.
The products Hughes use adhere to standards approved by the TIA, ETSI and ITU organizations, including IPoS/DVB-S2, RSM-A, and GMR-1, Hughes said.