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    Satellites and Emergency Services

    Post by marlonb on Thu Aug 04, 2011 4:39 am

    I think emergency services will greatly improve across the globe once they start embracing satellite communications technology? Do you agree? For example, VSAT services can be deployed practically anywhere. I think as far as emergency responsiveness goes, satellite communications will get remote areas connected, thus, making a critical connection to emergency services. With the earthquakes happening across the globe, like in NZ and Japan, I think it's safe to say sats are here to help us. Question
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    Post by 5773 on Thu Aug 04, 2011 9:49 pm

    Well - Yes. It is already used to some extent, but in these days of tight financial constraint - and the cost of using satellites, what has to be sacrificed to fully utilise this technology?

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    Post by marlonb on Fri Aug 05, 2011 12:11 am

    5773 wrote:Well - Yes. It is already used to some extent, but in these days of tight financial constraint - and the cost of using satellites, what has to be sacrificed to fully utilise this technology?

    That's a good question. I think cost is still very much the problem for the full implementation of such a technology. Taxpayers will certainly be having added burdens once such a system is running full-on. But I guess it's only a matter of time, when the costs are gradually minimized, that we can have satellite communications helping our medical services. But there should also be a support system for such a technology because like any man-made invention, there are limitations. Smile
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    Re: Satellites and Emergency Services

    Post by 5773 on Sat Aug 06, 2011 6:23 am

    marlonb wrote:
    That's a good question. I think cost is still very much the problem for the full implementation of such a technology. Taxpayers will certainly be having added burdens once such a system is running full-on. But I guess it's only a matter of time, when the costs are gradually minimized, that we can have satellite communications helping our medical services. But there should also be a support system for such a technology because like any man-made invention, there are limitations. Smile

    Where I live, the medical staff use [or did when I was involved a year or so back] GPS and a combination cell/satellite phone.
    The problem with the phone apart ftom its size, is that there is a seamless transition between the cell-tower and the satellite.
    The user is blissfully unaware that as [s]he drove past a certain point while talking to the base, the phone changed from cents per minute to dollars per minute.

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    Re: Satellites and Emergency Services

    Post by marlonb on Tue Aug 09, 2011 5:04 am

    Speaking of GPS, there are some risks to relying on Satellite Navigation all the time. I'll post a news article I read about this once I find it.

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