TANDBERG to Participate in Strong Angel III Integrated Disaster-Response Demonstration
Visual Communications Will Play a Key Role in Success of Disaster-Preparedness Initiatives
Oslo, Norway, and New York, USA, Aug. 15, 2006 -- TANDBERG® (OSLO: TAA.OL), a global leader in visual communication, today announced its participation in Strong Angel III, a collaborative demonstration of civil and military cooperation and communication capabilities. A partnership of private companies, government agencies, humanitarian and relief agencies, and universities organized the demonstration, which will take place Aug. 20-26 in San Diego and will be hosted by San Diego State University.
Strong Angel III will field test effective means of delivering life-saving humanitarian relief and rapidly deployable communications systems, including TANDBERG’s visual communications capabilities, in the wake of major disasters. TANDBERG will test the interoperability of its standards-based visual communication systems with other manufacturers’ technologies while demonstrating the speed and ease of deployment, as well as the reliability and flexibility of its systems for disaster response.
“TANDBERG is honored to participate in this important disaster-preparedness demonstration,” said Scott Feinberg, Public Safety Market Development Manager, TANDBERG. “We have participated in similar demonstrations and it’s clear that visual communication is a critical element to the success of disaster-response programs. When a disaster occurs, even the best trained and best prepared teams are often under great strain and require the ’face-to-face’ interaction that only video can provide for emotional support, clear communication and reliable decision-making.”
The Strong Angel III demonstration simulates the impact on information sharing in a real-world disaster. The demonstration will assume the context of a worldwide pandemic caused by a highly contagious virus and further complicated by a wave of cyber-attacks inflicted by terrorists that cripple critical local infrastructure and systems. Strong Angel III team members will conduct field trials and demonstrations of solutions that address 49 specific humanitarian-relief challenges – both technical and social – that have not been adequately overcome yet in real disaster-relief efforts.
“In the wake of major incidents like the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Hurricane Katrina and the tsunami in Southeast Asia, it is more important than ever to have an integrated response when disaster strikes,” said Eric Rasmussen, M.D., director of Strong Angel III and professor at San Diego State University. “The level of public-and private-sector engagement in Strong Angel III is at the highest level it’s ever been, underscoring the significance of the task at hand and the commitment of everyone involved to work together to maximize preparedness-and-coordination efforts.”
Some of the demonstrations will include developing solutions for redundant power, adaptive communications, austere network communications, mobile workers, cross-organizational collaboration, mesh networking, satellite services, ephemeral work groups, geospatial information systems, rapid-assessment techniques, shared situational awareness, cyber-security, alerting tools, community informatics, machine-based translation for multi-lingual communication, and social network development.
The core site for Strong Angel III will be the operations center at the San Diego Fire Department’s Fire Rescue Training Facility at the former Naval Training Center near downtown San Diego. San Diego State University’s Visualization Center will be a secondary location.
Strong Angel III sponsors include TANDBERG, Cisco Systems, CommsFirst, Microsoft, Save the Children, Sprint Nextel, the Naval Postgraduate School, and the U.S. Department of Defense.
About Strong Angel III
Strong Angel III is the third in a series of demonstrations that have taken place since 2000. The first two Strong Angel demonstrations were held in 2000 and 2004 in Hawaii associated with the joint Naval exercises called RIMPAC. The primary goals of Strong Angel III are to field-test and demonstrate effective means of delivering life-saving humanitarian relief in the wake of natural and man-made disasters, to foster close collaboration and communications between aid agencies, governments and military in providing disaster relief, to provide local communities with solutions that will help them cope with disasters more immediately and effectively, and to enable military forces to better prepare for and execute humanitarian relief efforts. Strong Angel III will issue a lessons-learned document on its website as soon as possible after conclusion of the demonstration. For more information on Strong Angel III and a listing of participating public- and private sector organizations, please visit www.strongangel3.net.
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