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NJLawman.com

Sunday, September 11, 2005  10:36 p.m.

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, it has become clear just how fragile our communications system can be.  It came to the point where agencies and organizations were using human runners to send and receive information.

This simply will not do when lives are at stake.

Satellite phones were the only form of communication that was left after the devastation for those who had them. 

 

How do Satellite Phones Work?

Satellite PhonesA satellite phone or satphone is simply a mobile phone that uses orbiting satellites instead of cell towers to connect with main phone lines.  While systems vary, some satellite phones will work on just about every portion of the planet.

Satellite phones are about the size that mobile phones were in the late 1980's, but they continually get smaller as technology improves.  The one feature that sticks out is the large, protruding, retractable antenna as seen in the photo to the right.

Iridium Satellite Phones, as of this writing, use a "constellation of 66 low-earth orbiting (LEO), cross-linked satellites operates as a fully meshed network and is the largest commercial satellite constellation in the world" according to their website.

Will Satellite Phones Work During Power Outages

Absolutely. 

As long as you have a charged battery in the satellite phone itself, it will work fine.  Again, satphones do not use cell towers.  Their signal is beamed to actual orbiting satellites. 

How Much Do Satellite Phones Cost?

Do you remember when cell phones first became available to the public?  Do you remember how expensive they were?  That is where satellite phones are right now, but their prices have been coming down and will continue to do so. 

Now there are several plans available and most vary.  You can lease, rent, or purchase satellite phones and the monthly charges vary from $50 per month and up.  In many cases, additional calling charges apply.

Satellite Phones are Just not Possible for my Agency

Okay, if this is the case, you should still do some homework.

Locate some dealers within your jurisdiction and keep their contact information in your disaster plans.  Should a large-scale event occur within your jurisdiction, in the early hours you can get the wheels rolling for renting leasing a couple of satellite phones for a month or so. 

Even if you get them two days late, it is better than not having them at all.  This is especially true for protracted incidents like we saw with Hurricane Katrina were certain areas were without electric, phone and cell towers for weeks.

NJLawman.com

Sunday, September 11, 2005  10:36 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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