Telecom equipment and solutions provider VNL has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with BSNL to provide solutions for Disaster Management.
The Relief 123 Service will restore connectivity at disaster sites, help locate the affected and integrate information across platforms to enable informed decision-making for quick relief.
The service is an integrated disaster response solution for first responders and public safety agencies. The solution is designed and manufactured by VNL and the backhaul connectivity will be provided by BSNL, the companies said.
The service has been designed to work in different scenarios including natural disasters such as earthquakes, storms, floods, and tsunamis, companies added.
"Our latest initiative is dedicated to the service of the nation. Given that our country is prone to natural disasters, the availability and quick deployment of comprehensive communications solutions will help disaster management agencies mount faster and more reliable search and rescue operations. We are happy to partner with a domestic player like VNL in this noble endeavour, which has developed these innovative solutions in the area of disaster management, indigenously, said Anupam Shrivastava, Chairman & Managing Director, BSNL Ltd.
He added that "By harnessing our telecom backbone that connects even the remote corners of the country, we aim to improve government's response to emergencies by ensuring uninterrupted services to save human lives from natural calamities. In times to come, we wish to extend this service to countries too, starting with the SAARC region."
VNL Founder Chairman Rajiv Mehrotra said, "We are very proud to partner with BSNL for the rollout of this Disaster Relief Service. Considering the recent spate of natural disasters that have hit the world, this service has never been more relevant. We are committed to assisting first responders and public safety agencies in restoring connectivity when natural catastrophes strike."
This model can be scaled for SAARC countries, wherein BSNL would have roaming agreements with local mobile service operators and have type approvals executed in advance with local regulator. This will enable affected community to use their local numbers, and prevent any problems at the customs, the companies said.