In many Pacific countries mobile phones are emerging as a key element of the local communication systems, and are being be built into disaster management and communication plans. With a focus on mobile and other telecommunications technologies, this paper provides an overview of disaster communication systems and infrastructures, practices and challenges in the region.
This paper provides lessons learnt from the a fire that occurred in 2012 in the Warrnambool telephone exchange located in Victoria, Australia and proposes a strategy that provides increased network resilience and more effective emergency management once the copper-based core switching in exchanges is progressively replaced by fibre service area modules.
This paper profiles the utility and limits in deployment of inexpensive disposable sensor networks by amateurs to achieve environmental monitoring goals, and examines how inexpensive technology can support scenarios for short-term environmental modelling by average citizens.
This paper offers an overview of participatory approaches to disaster management and climate change adaptation as an introductory framework for the following five papers on the special theme of telecommunications and disaster management
Following disasters, in infrastructure-deprived settings, the need for communications is profound. We describe a solution based on acoustic coupling of mobile telephones with existing two-way radios, such as are often carried in remote areas of Australia, and which are fitted to many vehicles that are used in such areas.