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Wildfires, Hurricanes, Earthquakes, and Floods: Critical Communications Restored with a Tethered Drone


Fraser Pajak  (former CEO of QuEST Forum Globally, and former COO, TIA (Telecommunications Industry Association))

Chris Sanders  (Crisis Response Manager, Verizon)

Location: Emerging Tech & Innovation Stage

Date: Thursday, March 28

Time: 11:00 am - 11:25 am

Track: Incident Management

Topic: Critical Infrastructure, Drones, System Resiliency, Video

Format: Expo Theater Session

Vault Recording: TBD

Drones can be a valuable tool for establishing temporary wireless communication networks in disaster-stricken areas. When used effectively, they can help bridge communication gaps, enhance situational awareness, and support disaster response and relief efforts. However, careful planning, coordination, and adherence to regulations are essential to maximize their effectiveness and reliability in emergency scenarios. Learn about a rapidly deployable solution that can provide wireless communications signal for miles, virtually indefinitely. Hear real-world case studies including the recent response to the wildfires in Maui and Hurricane Idalia on the Gulf Coast of Florida, among others.

Attendees will leave aware of how vital connectivity and communications are in crisis situations for:
-Situational Awareness
-Rescue and Relief Operations
-Public Safety
-Coordination and Information Sharing
-Logistics and Supply Chain Management
-Interagency Collaboration
-Monitoring and Assessment