First ever live transportable satellite broadband demonstration at this year's Disaster City.(Advertisement)

A disaster has struck a major city centre. The Emergency Services arrive on mass in order to limit any further danger, fatality and alarm, and all have a crucial part to play to ensure that the whole operation runs smoothly. A fourth company will also have its technology on the scene, Excelerate Technology, an organisation whose products will aid and enhance the communications process through pioneering technology.

DISASTER CITY, A HOCK SIMULATION of the situation described above at Fire 2005 in November--will allow Excelerate, in conjunction with one of its clients Avon Fire and Rescue, to showcase its ground-breaking transportable, satellite broadband virtual private network (VPN) technology for use on an incident command unit (ICU).

The Cheltenham-based company is fast becoming the key supplier to the Emergency Services across the UK and further afield into Europe, also supplying organisations such as mobile banks, mobile libraries and educational facilities in areas where no traditional terrestrial broadband exists. Avon's Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Jerry O'Brien said: "We have been using Excelerate's satellite broadband VPN systems for some time now and feel that it has become an effective communications tool; not just from an operational point of view, but also for training purposes.

"The simulation at this year's Disaster City, will emphasise how and when decisions are made, and how we as a fire service must, where possible and practicable, exploit the very latest in technology that is available.

"The solution supplied to us by Excelerate helps us to do this. It is critical that, regardless of whatever circumstances we may face and wherever we may be, we are able to stay in touch with our sites and partner agencies ensuring access to information and individuals available there. …

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