Set up swiftly communication with WiBACK
In the event of a disaster, power and communication networks may quickly fail within a larger area resulting in spots without coverage. However, reliable communication between individual actors is essential for fast and smooth rescue operations. In particular, command and control capabilities must under no circumstances be impaired by a breakdown of the communication networks.
Recover lost skills in the field of telecommunications
Since the 1990s, in the peace dividend, more and more signal units have been disbanded. As a result, there no longer exists a uniformly nationwide signal service today, and first responders have to fall back on various technologies. They can choose from DBOS radio (i.e. TETRA), fixed-line telephony via DSL connections, BOS radio (in the VHF range), and mobile telephony via the public mobile phone networks.
However, these technologies do not provide sufficient bandwidth to support services such as video, imaging, database access, or the availability in the case of power failure is mostly not guaranteed (mobile networks). At the same time, civil protection units are highly dependent on private companies. In most cases, they cannot be set up without (external) IT specialists or the involvement of mobile network operators.
WiBACK as a communication solution
WiBACK is based on a combination of WLAN and directional antennas. It was initially developed to provide broadband Internet to remote areas. Nevertheless, as civil protection challenges are similar to establishing WLAN in remote areas, first responders can also use WiBACK as an improved communication solution for BOS communication. In both applications, the requirements are similar. There may be no stable electricity network available. Both stand under high-cost pressure and lack trained personnel to establish and operate a radio network – especially in high-stress situations. Whereby they demand qualitatively reliable transmissions to the end-user (Quality of Service: QoS). The WiBACK technology was developed to meet the requirements mentioned earlier specifically. Thus, WiBACK differs from existing radio relay solutions in its low acquisition costs and the ability to set up and maintained by trained specialists.