Business continuity is Vital for Utilities that provide essential services such as electricity, water and gas to millions of people, so they need to be able to recover immediately from natural or manmade disasters. When a catastrophic event causes terrestrial networks to fail, utilities companies can rapidly deploy Inmarsat terminals to provide an alternative communications path, enabling them to maintain communications and run critical applications.
For example, Galaxy 1 offers a fully secure, scalable, end-to-end network to protect Smart Grid data and resources. It may also be used to ensure reliable network operations for teams working to restore electric, water or gas supplies.
Inmarsat is already a proven solution in disaster scenarios, and is used extensively by international aid agency Télécoms Sans Frontières, as well as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Red Cross. The Bgan terminals with built-in WiFi can be deployed within minutes, are intuitive to use, operate from batteries or external power sources, and deliver out-of-the box access to the internet and global telephone networks.