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Using Body-Worn Satellite Technology to Drive Situational Awareness at Large-Scale Events

James Kubik  (CEO & Co-Founder , Somewear Labs)

Location: W240A

Date: Thursday, March 28

Time: 2:10 pm - 2:40 pm

Track: First Responder Communications, Incident Management

Topic: Satellite, Situational Awareness, System Resiliency, TAK

Format: Power Session

Vault Recording: TBD

Large-scale events like football games and music festivals have seen increased safety concerns in recent years, making the communication tools first responders and medical teams use more critical than ever.

Historically these teams have depended on unreliable, GPS-enabled radios with short battery lives - putting operators and attendees at risk when traditional networks are congested or unavailable. Luckily, real-time information can now be shared over a mobile and resilient satellite network, ensuring medical professionals have the most accurate and precise location data at their fingertips.

Hear a case study where a hotspot was used by 22 medical response teams at a leading musical festival, serving 115,000 attendees at a 319-acre venue over four days. With live, accurate tracking, dispatchers rapidly pinpointed the location of medical teams and swiftly directed them to emergency incidents. Upgrading from GPS-enabled radios to a satellite-enabled situational awareness platform reduced response times, meaning first responders provided critical medical care faster than before.

Key takeaways include:
Why the concerns surrounding satellite-enabled deployables, namely latency and mobility, are misconceptions.
Real-world examples where satellite-enabled communications technology was deployed during high-stress operations to improve efficiency, reduce response times, and maximize safety.
How innovative communication solutions act as force multipliers, achieving more with fewer resources.