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Network Resilience Through Alternative Comms  


Steve Hailey  (Product Director, Mission Critical PTT, Network Innovations)


Thomas Olson  (Director, Business Development, Avealto Ltd.)

Margo Deckard  (COO, Lynk Global, Inc.)

Location: W230B

Date: Tuesday, March 26

Time: 10:20 am - 11:20 am

Track: Incident Management, First Responder Communications

Topic: Backhaul, Critical Infrastructure, Funding, Interoperability, Satellite, Situational Awareness, System Resiliency

Format: Panel Session

Vault Recording: TBD

When challenged with limited or no terrestrial coverage—or if an incident causes the terrestrial network to be unavailable—alternative connectivity options may save lives. Low-Earth-orbit (LEO), medium-earth-orbit (MEO) and geostationary (GEO) satellite services not only provide increasingly affordable backhaul, but they are available in a variety of form factors and are much easier to deploy than in the past—some solutions require only a push of a button to be operational in minutes. And putting cell towers on satellites is a game changer for both first responders and citizens alike.

But an alternative has arisen. Recent improvements in the efficiency/density of batteries and solar cells now allow high-altitude airships to provide commercially viable telecom infrastructure from the stratosphere. With the costs for high-altitude platforms (HAPS) much lower, better backhaul and latency, these airships could become a workable alternative to satellite, particularly in developing countries.

In this session:
Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of satellite options and HAPS
Examine where each would be more advantageous
Explore the technology implications for both