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NZ Police – Narrowband linking for communications resiliency in climate emergencies

13 June 2023 4:30 pm - 5:00 pm

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Richard Hutchinson
Ronald Martinez

Following the well-documented loss of communications to cyclone-devastated regions of the Hawkes Bay and Tairawhiti during February’s Cyclone Gabrielle, NZ Police will present a case study of communications resilience using their narrowband backhaul links as examples.  At a time when cell networks were down and fibre had been damaged by landslides, these links offered a solid channel of communication during a natural disaster where lives were lost, and communities were isolated for many days.  This tragic event builds the case for ensuring redundancy is built into mission critical communications networks.

During this session, Richard Hutchinson, Infrastructure Engineer at NZ Police, and Ronald Martinez, Regional Sales Manager at Mimomax, will provide an overview of the project, data logs from the radios from during and after the cyclone, and deployment advice for mitigating risks within critical communications

Richard Hutchinson – Infrastructure Engineer, NZ Police
Ronald Martinez – Regional Sales Manager, Mimomax Wireless