Satellites Are Part of the Solution

When disaster strikes, access to reliable communications is crucial to the efforts of disaster relief operations where quick response translates into lives saved.

For those times when the terrestrial communications infrastructure is damaged, destroyed or overloaded, satellite communications can provide a communications lifeline for people on the front lines of public safety and emergency preparedness.

Now there is a new tool to help this crucial first responder community integrate satellite into their communications plans. The First Responder’s Guide to Satellite Communications is a comprehensive overview and tutorial of satellite technology and its role in response to natural or man-made disasters.

Produced by the Satellite Industry Association (SIA), the leading voice of the U.S. satellite communications industry, and Access Intelligence publisher of Via Satellite magazine and organizer of Satellite 2007, the Guide is available for free as a public service of the industry,

Contents include:

  • An overview of satellite communications capabilities
  • Video, voice and data applications
  • Equipment requirements and easy to follow steps for connecting
    with satellite through various types of terminals.
  • Glossary of terms, definitions and frequencies

This Guide is a must-read for first responders, state or federal emergency communications officials, and policy makers. Click here to download a PDF version of the SIA First Responder’s Guide to Satellite Communications. Or to request a free hard copy, please send an email to titled “SIA First Responder Guide” and include your full name, mailing address, telephone number and number of copies.


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