Event: GVF Satellite Hub Summit at CABSAT 2017, March 21-23, 2017, Dubai, UAE
Type: Speaking slot with panel discussion
Speaker: Koen Willems, Market Director Government, Humanitarian and Defense Satcom, Newtec
Topic: Mission Criticality: The Satellite Solution & the Humanitarian Crisis
Conference Session: GVF Satellite Hub Summit
The ability to communicate is essential to humanitarian emergency operations. Just one illustration of this is that in Dubai itself, the home of CABSAT, during mid-2016, some world-leading satellite operators and integrators – Arabsat, EMC, Eutelsat, Hispasat, Inmarsat, Intelsat, SES, Thuraya and Yahsat – conducted technical training for humanitarian personnel to support the provision of communications to all those responding to emergencies including affected populations. This training emanated from the Crisis Connectivity Charter, a set of commitments to enhance communications in times of crises, signed by the satellite operators and integrator community and the United Nations in October 2015, and established by the EMEA Satellite Operator's Association (ESOA) and the Global VSAT Forum (GVF) with the support of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)-led Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC), and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, and providing ETC responders with the skills and experience to deploy, manage and support satellite solutions, facilitated through the Crisis Connectivity Charter, during humanitarian emergency operations.
This session is moderated by Torsten Kriening, Editor at SpaceWatch Middle East.