OKI today announced the delivery of the Broadband Wireless System for Disaster Operations based on OKI Media Server, an IP video delivery system, to the Republic of the Philippines (the Philippines) through Department of Science and Technology - Information and Communications Technology Office (DOST-ICTO), its academe-industry research partners Ateneo de Manila University and Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company PLDT.
The system's head-end commissioning and handover ceremony was held on July 22, 2014 and from then on it will be used for trial studies involving building resilient information and telecommunication systems for use in the event of disasters.
In the previous year alone, natural disasters in the Philippines included Typhoon Haiyan, known locally as typhoon Yolanda, the deadliest Philippine typhoon on record, and a magnitude 7.2 earthquake that caused great destruction in Bohol province. In response, DOST-ICTO Ateneo de Manila University spent considerable time looking for various ways to address communication problems resulting from damaged communication networks caused by natural disasters. In times of calamities, there is a need for immediate communication of information in order to minimize damage and loss of human life, and to provide evacuation updates and other vital information to those concerned.
Efforts focused on the area one-seg technology, which broadcasts video, voice and data to a specific area. Both an IPTV applied fixed network and an area one-seg wireless network were installed at Ateneo de Manila University's Ateneo Innovation Center. Based on the theme of broadband wireless for disaster operations, the decision was made to pursue research on resilient networks and reconfigurable information systems for rapidly deployable disaster response. This research seeks to develop the techniques and services required to communicate necessary information using various communication tools.
Undertaken as part of Asia-Pacific Telecommunity (APT) programs to develop human resources, this research was directed by Department of Science and Technology - Information and Communications Technology Office, including Ateneo de Manila University, PLDT, Keio University, OKI, and Mitsubishi Electric Corporation. OKI built the trial broadband wireless for disaster operations.
"With the goal of contributing to both domestic and international network carriers and service providers," says Hidetoshi Saigou, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Telecom Systems Business Division at OKI. "OKI will take advantage of the opportunity presented by this trial system delivery to intensify product development and to expand the features needed to meet the demands of network carriers and service providers in Asia-Pacific region, while promoting the standardization of related techniques."