Enables government agencies to communicate during emergencies
Hughes Network Systems, a provider of broadband satellite networks and services, launched its Inter-Government Crisis Network, a satellite-based service that is said to enable government agencies to communicate securely and reliably in preparing for and responding to an emergency, when terrestrial networks are most vulnerable to failure.
According to Hughes, the Inter-Government Crisis Network (IGCN) supports multiple classes of service, including Constant Bit Rate (CBR) applications such as voice, video-conferencing, and new high-definition telepresence applications; offers an alternate path, redundant networking option ensuring that an agency can stay connected even if its primary terrestrial network fails; compliance with Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD)-20.
The IGCN operates independently of the internet, so member networks have the benefit of communications connectivity without potential breaches of security; enables agencies to establish pre-defined user groups as needed and on demand, facilitating rapid and responsive communications during a crisis.
Pradman Kaul, CEO of Hughes, said: Leaders at all levels of government need to effectively communicate, coordinate and share critical information in the face of any emergency. IGCN provides the highly reliable, secure and robust communications networking that is essential to meet this requirement – regardless of the circumstances on the ground.