Telecommunications functions are accomplished using a variety of specialized and industry standard communications capabilities such as satellite, ultra high, very high, and high frequency, and microwave line-of-sight (LOS) systems interconnected by copper and or fiber optic cables to voice and data switches, local area networks, and desktop devices such as personal computers and telephones.
Telecommunications can be provided for one or multiple locations within a disaster location. MERS telecommunications assets can temporarily establish or reestablish communications connectivity with the public telecommunications system or Government telecommunications networks and interconnect facilities within the disaster region. MERS can wire austere facilities and install computer, telephone, and video networks establishing fully functional operation centers.
MERS telecommunications transmission capabilities:
- High Bandwidth Ku-band satellite connectivity provides voice video and is in support of the Federal incident data requirement.
- International Maritime Satellite (INMARSAT) or satellite terminal equipment provides immediate single voice channel and data capabilities and extend the FEMA open networks.
- Handheld mobile satellite services.
- Line of Sight Microwave transmission to connect to and or extend the FEMA commercial networks.
- High Frequency (HF) to communicate with Federal, State, and local emergency centers for resident continuity communications.
- Very High Frequency (VHF) and Ultra High Frequency (UHF) for local radio communications.