Satellite communication has proved itself to be very useful for humanitarian missions. Remote medical support, remote training of personnel and monitoring operations are just a few examples of what can be provided instantly and effectively. The tele-medicine SHARED project has recently demonstrated this. SHARED has been set up in cooperation with the Italian Ministry of Defence and the TelBios consortium (hospital San Raffaele, Finmeccanicha) and continues to provide services for the peace keeping forces in Sarajevo. The Italian Delegation has requested the Executive to consider the extension of the current operations, in particular in view of the humanitarian multinational mission in Albania. This activity is to respond to the immediate needs of the Italian requests but, will also provide for a self-sufficient nucleus for later humanitarian missions.
The tasks to be accomplished concern the design and procurement of readily deployable (transportable) earth stations including a gateway station, the refinement and implementation of a communication management system and some trial operations. The work is to be executed in two phases:
- Phase 1: Extend the SHARED network to include the operation of a site in Albania including an ISDN interface at the gateway station.
- Phase 2: Development, procurement and testing of the earth segment for a core satcom system for flexible deployment in humanitarian missions. This system will comprise a gateway station with improved communications control facilities, and two or three transportable earth stations.
Last Update: 25 Jul 2006