We know that wireless carriers all use different technologies and different systems all-together, but the principles are basically the same. Therefore, when a natural disaster hits or an unexpected event occurs, it’s common to have little to no cellular signal at a time where someone in that situation may need it the most.
Along with celebrating their 70th anniversary this month, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) has recently announced another milestone – mobile small cell technology. Until now, it was uncommon to have small cell technology as part of an SOS network in that part of the world.
With the new addition of small cell technology, its small size and the low power requirements (run purely off of solar panels) allow Red Cross emergency teams to have these systems up and running in just about 30 minutes. This is the first of hopefully many uses of this technology in the Philippines to become available to first responders on humanitarian missions. According to PRC Chairman, Sen. Richard J. Gordon, “Some 25 natural and man-made calamities occur in the Philippines every year. These calamities have, over time, also tended to intensify, as we have experienced. Every ounce of creativity and resourcefulness is needed if we are to respond, and respond with equal intensity. This is where we turn to technology.”
It’s always nice to read good news on wireless technology and the safety benefits that it can provide! To see more about the Red Cross’s efforts to improve emergency systems in the Phillipines, click here.