A voice in the dark

Norfield, Mike
August 2008
Utility Week;8/8/2008, Vol. 29 Issue 15, p34
Trade Publication
The author reflects on communications in the event of a major power outage, extreme weather or civil emergency. He mentions that many utility companies are ill-equipped for civil contingency planning. He points out that GSM mobile communications networks are not resilient enough to cope in the event of a major outage. He argues that if vital workers are unable to use their mobile phones because there is no network availability or battery backup, then contingency plans would effectively be worthless. He recommends the use of private mobile radio.


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