NEWS IN ENGLISH | Vodafone and Nokia help with the mapping of disaster-stricken areas
Vodafone and Nokia help with the mapping of disaster-stricken areas
2018-01-04 17:09:00

In a disaster situation human lives can depend on fast reaction. It is a huge challenge for rescue teams arriving at the scene to see exactly where to get down to work, but, thanks to the co-operation and technology of Vodafone and Nokia, this problem seems to be resolving for the future.

The purpose of the Nokia Saving Lives project is to offer a more efficient solution in mapping disaster-stricken areas by applying new technologies. The basis of the solution is the Nokia Ultra Compact Network, a rucksack-sized 4G mobile network developed by Nokia, which facilitates the setting up of a 4G network in a matter of minutes. Connected drones also form an important part of the solution, to which a high-resolution camera, or, depending on visibility conditions, a heat camera can be fitted to look for survivors. This is especially helpful in difficult-to-reach or extremely polluted areas, supporting the more efficient organisation of rescue work.

The engineers of Vodafone and Nokia first had the opportunity to try this life-saving solution and technology locally in the area North of Lake Balaton. With the help of measurement phones attached to drones, they could run comprehensive measurements and tests at different heights, thus fine-tuning this technology. The complex solution was tested in Hungary connected to Vodafone's 2600 MHz FDD frequency range.

Helping in disaster situations is not a new concept for Vodafone. Previously, the company had already deployed its portable mobile network called Instant Network 3G in areas struck by Hurricane Irma, amongst others. With its help, it is possible to set up a free communications network for use by rescue teams, aid organisations and survivors in just 40 minutes. The Instant Network 3G prototype was designed by Vodafone Hungary Radio Network Operational Experts, Csaba Pervai and Robert Tóth.

Vodafone Instant Network and Nokia Saving Lives perfectly supplement each other, as while the former offers a 2G and 3G network for voice calls in disaster situations, the latter provides access to the 4G network for applications requiring high-speed data transmission, such as high-resolution video streaming. As a result, there's no need to be afraid of longer network downtimes any more, not even when using critical applications, videos or drones; and rescue teams can promptly access very precise data that are crucial to the rescue process.

Nokia and Vodafone pay special attention to technological innovation. They aim to share the resulting experiences and benefits with everyone. Nokia Saving Lives has a perfect match with these intentions, as by deploying mobile communication, drone technology, video and infrared cameras providing high-resolution, real-time data, as well as other sensors, they make people's lives safer.

'We believe that technology enables us to save lives, and we are very proud that our colleagues at Vodafone are so open to innovation, co-operation and the latest technologies. I trust that in the future we will still have room for numerous, similarly exciting and important co-operation schemes with our partners.' - said Amrita Gangotra, Technology Director at Vodafone Hungary.

"I am very pleased to see our Nokia Technology Center team in Budapest working so closely with Vodafone Hungary in support of Nokia Saving Lives. It is important that public sector agencies can enhance first responders' situational awareness and efficiency through new public safety and emergency services. Our local support and innovation activities on a global scale in collaboration with our customers can enable this for the benefit of people." said Gergely Mihálka, Head of Nokia Technology Center, Budapest.