Peter Anderson who spent part of his sabbatical in Sri Lanka assisting with the conduct of simulations for the Last-Mile HazInfo Project is to develop a mobile communications command vehicle for immediate post-disaster coordination for the government of Sri Lanka. He first came to Sri Lanka in January 2005 to participate in the first expert forum on disaster early warning at the invitation of LIRNEasia.
SFU News Online – Emergency communications vehicle will help Sri Lanka – January 10, 2008
Anderson is laying the groundwork for an advanced mobile emergency-communications (AMECom) vehicle for Sri Lanka’s disaster management program. The versatile, mobile communications vehicle will be similar to one he and his team designed and produced for emergencies in B.C. Completed in 2005, the B.C. vehicle is equipped with its own satellite dish and advanced communication systems for sending voice and data via satellite, cellular, land lines and wireless Internet. It also includes a number of two-way radio systems and an inter-operability switch for interconnectivity between radios and land-line, cellular or satellite telecommunications systems.Anderson is currently completing the operational and technical design plans for the Sri Lankan vehicle, in collaboration with the government of Sri Lanka and the U.N. International Telecommunications Union.
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I have planned and implemented a VHF radio system in a state hospital in Gampaha district. The report from the local health authority has revelaed that it was very useful following disaster according to their experience.
I wish to send the details of the project if you send me your email address.
Dr. Hemantha Gamage
TRC delays cost Sri Lanka Telecom million dollars
Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) is purchasing a 75% stake in a Pan-European prepaid telecom organization at a price of US$ 1 million on account of “inordinate delays” at the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) to obtain a wi-max license, SLT has said in a Stock Exchange filing.
The company said that the SLT board decided to acquire 75% of Sky Network (Pvt) Limited, a company incorporated in Sri Lanka by the Lycatel Group, a Pan-European prepaid telecommunication organization to carry on operations in Sri Lanka, “in order to secure access to their wireless broadband frequency.”
“By teaming-up with Sky Network SLT could leverage on its islandwide infrastructure for the provisioning of wireless broadband applications such as IPTV, video on demand, educational services etc. to the mass market,” SLT said.
SLT currently uses ADSL technology for its broadband services, the company explained in its filing.
It said that it resorted to the option of taking 75% of the company that had already been granted a wireless broadband frequency “as a license for wi-max operations from the TRC has seen inordinate delays.’’
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මූලික වශයෙන් ආපදා අවදානම අවම කිරීමේ වගකීම භාර ගත යුතු වන්නේ රජයයි. සුනාමිය ඉදිරියේ රජය අසරණ වුවද එම භූමිකාව පවරාගත හැකි වෙනත් ආයතනයක් නැති බව අපි එකල කීවෙමු.
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