Kacific offers disaster zone connectivity
May 5, 2022
By Chris Forrester
Kacific Broadband has launched an innovative emergency connectivity solution, CommsBox, designed to provide broadband service in emergency or disaster zones rapidly.
Kacific says its CommsBox is a transportable, all-in-one, SATCOM product that can be rapidly deployed in disaster zones when other communication channels fail. The turnkey solution is designed to meet the particular disaster response requirements of territories in Southeast Asia and the Pacific.
Claimed as a first-of-its-kind in disaster recovery solutions, Kacific CommsBox consists of pre-configured, solar-powered units which, with minimal setup, provide instant internet access to assist relief operations and connect users.
The satellite antenna connects to the Kacific1 satellite, which offers widespread coverage across the Asia Pacific, including islands, mountainous regions, and remote areas. Governments, civil defence, police, military, rescue services, and aid operations can store the CommsBox units in remote locations or transport them directly into disaster zones.
Between 1970 and 2020, natural hazards in Asia and the Pacific affected 6.9 billion people and killed more than 2 million. Since 1970, Asia and the Pacific have accounted for 57 per cent of global fatalities from disasters and 87 per cent of the total global population affected by natural hazards.
“The Asia Pacific region is prone to natural disasters. With many islands and mountainous regions, its geography adds an extra challenge for coordinating rescue and relief,” said Christian Patouraux, Kacific’s CEO. “When powerlines are down, transport routes blocked, and fibre or other ground-based communications equipment damaged, Kacific CommsBox can be shipped into the disaster zone to provide internet access within minutes of touchdown.”