Satellite Internet Provider Aids Urban Shield Disaster Recovery
& First Responder Training
on: October 11, 2007, 3:46 pm
Release Author: Sbrown/IP
Release Summary: IP Access International and Cobalt Equipment Play
Integral Part at Urban Shield
Release Body: San Juan Capistrano, CA — October 1, 2007
In response to President Bush’s 2003 Homeland Security
Directive requiring a national preparedness goal to better
respond to disasters, the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office
in Northern California, hosted Urban Shield, a
one of a kind training event intended to bring the components of
the National Response Plan to life in an urban setting. IP
Access International, business satellite internet provider
and partner Cobalt Equipment, played an integral
part in the full 4-day event held September 28 – October 1st,
providing satellite bandwidth for large-scale communications field
exercises. An Incident Command System structure, with Area Commands,
coordinated over 20 training venues simulating various terrorist
attacks in a large geographic area throughout Alameda County.
This was an outstanding opportunity for IPA and
its partner Cobalt to develop a partnership with
law enforcement and participating agencies, demonstrating what works
and is available for emergency response preparedness communications
and how to improve interoperable communication for the effectiveness
of emergency responders involving multiple jurisdictions.
logistics necessary to manage Urban Shield were
enormous. IPA’s and Cobalt’s
satellite bandwidth and emergency service demonstration platforms
utilized for this training event, is what enabled the testing for
operational readiness. "It is critical to foster relationships
between business and law enforcement, which is essential to preventing
and responding to large scale disasters," says Bryan
Hill, President of IP Access International.
"The private sector is on the front line of homeland security
efforts due to their responsibility to oversee approximately 85%
of our nation’s critical infrastructure sites,"
adds Rob Knabe, President of Cobalt Equipment.
"We are here and ready to give participating agencies a
practical opportunity to test and evaluate its team’s level
of preparedness and ability to perform a variety of intricate tactical
IP Access International
IP Access International is a global business satellite
internet, voice, video and data connectivity provider delivering
fixed and mobile satellite solutions to businesses around the world.
IP Access International offers high performance,
end-to-end networking for voice, video and data services around
the world. With advanced satellite communications on land and sea
via a sophisticated infrastructure of linked satellites and land
networks, IP Access International provides businesses
with multi-network communications all through a single source provider.
IP Access International's global headquarters are
located in San Juan Capistrano, California, U.S.A. For more information,
or call 866-510-7889
Cobalt Equipment, Inc. specializes in high quality
rental equipment for Special Events, Construction and Emergency
situations. While purchasing and maintaining a fleet of rental equipment
for the construction industry is their primary line of business,
they also offer a full scope of satellite communication equipment
and support featured in USA Today as cutting edge. They provide
and run their satellite communication systems and equipment from
their headquarters in Pleasanton, CA. Satellite phones, internet
services and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
are just a few of the high-tech services offered in any location.
For more information see us at www.cobaltequipment.net
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