Latest in Advanced research projects agency

Image credit:

DHS looking to satellites, mesh networks for emergency communications

Evan Blass
05.16.06
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Sponsored Links

Seeking to avoid the communication breakdowns that occurred as a result of the September 11th terrorist attacks and the Hurricane Katrina disaster, the Department of Homeland Security is developing an emergency network that would let officials email one another even in the absence of a cellular infrastructure. The DHS' Advanced Research Projects Agency, which is analogous to the Pentagon's DARPA, is looking at a number of options to keep the data flowing following an emergency, including widespread deployment of mobile mesh networking technology or re-purposing some of the government's legacy satellites to handle terrestrial communications. This latter option is particularly attractive because some sats could offer transfer rates in excess of 100Mbps, and in fact a trial program is scheduled for this summer that will employ modified BlackBerries and Treos to send secure, satellite-based email between Homeland Security officials and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

[Via Smart Mobs]

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Popular on Engadget

The 2019 Engadget Holiday Gift Guide

The 2019 Engadget Holiday Gift Guide

View
Google scales back town hall meetings following leaks

Google scales back town hall meetings following leaks

View
iFixit examines the 16-inch MacBook Pro's 'throwback' keyboard design

iFixit examines the 16-inch MacBook Pro's 'throwback' keyboard design

View
Google's Files app now streams local media to your Chromecast

Google's Files app now streams local media to your Chromecast

View
Porsche’s Taycan lives up to its EV hype

Porsche’s Taycan lives up to its EV hype

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr