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Satellite organization releases guide for first responders

The Satellite Industry Association (SIA) has released a new publication on the importance of satellites as a component of emergency and disaster communications solutions.

Released during the 72nd Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International Conference and Exposition last week in Orlando, “First Responder’s Guide to Satellite Communications” provides a comprehensive overview and tutorial of satellite technology and its role in response to natural or man-made disasters.

The guide contains an overview of satellite communications capabilities; voice, video and data applications; equipment overviews; and basic, easy-to-follow steps for connecting with a satellite through various types of terminals. A glossary of frequencies, terms and definitions takes the mystery out of the technology for first time users.

The SIA guide is intended for the entire emergency communications chain.
For more information and an electronic version of the guide, visit www.sia.org and click on the link “First Responder’s Guide to Satellite Communications.”