11 March 2014: Indonesia’s natural disaster response has been strengthened after it deployed new emergency communications infrastructure including Inmarsat BGAN.
The Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management (BNPB) chose Inmarsat and AnsuR, a world leader in mission-critical visual communications solutions, to support its response in the event of a natural catastrophe.
Twenty regions will pre-deploy AnsuR’s high definition, interactive image communications system – ASIGN – and robust BGAN terminals which will be able to access Inmarsat’s satellite network.
Recent earthquakes in Indonesia have knocked out mobile networks meaning that damage assessment and time-critical decision making could not be shared.
The new interactive communication system now enables the BNPB to share images and video with disaster recovery teams if terrestrial communications fail.
It also includes two unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) with advanced cameras on board, running ASIGN, and additional BGAN equipment on the ground – all helping to quickly assess damage, injuries and loss of life.
Inmarsat’s BGAN service will also ensure that rescue teams – and anyone caught up in a disaster – can stay in contact with the outside world via both voice and data.
Indonesia has experienced some of the most devastating tectonic events in recorded history, including the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake.
The country is the world’s fourth most populous nation with almost 250 million people living across some 6,000 islands.
The Indonesian archipelago, comprising some 17,500 islands, borders the Pacific, Eurasian, and Australian tectonic plates, with 150 active volcanoes and frequent earthquakes.
“The AnsuR software and Inmarsat equipment were part of a larger contract, all targeted to help Indonesia manage disasters better,” said Mani Wannan, President Director, PT Asia Inc Xplora, who is responsible for the Indonesian project.
Andy Start, President of Global Government, Inmarsat, said: “Inmarsat was founded over 30 years ago to save lives, and humanitarian support remains at the heart of what we do.
“Our award-winning mobile satellite broadband and voice services powerfully support relief and reconstruction efforts across the world, with BGAN deployed by first responders, ranging from Télécoms Sans Frontières (TSF) to the United Nations.”