Emergency services benefit from a high-speed world without wires

News @ CSIRO

What’s left of homes after bushfires swept through Warrandyte, in Victoria, in January. Image: AAP Image/Joe Castro What’s left of homes after bushfires swept through Warrandyte, in Victoria, in January. Image: AAP Image/Joe Castro

By Ian Oppermann, Director, Digital Productivity and Services 

When disaster strikes – such as January’s bushfire in Victoria or the recent cold spell that froze much of north America – it’s vital for emergency services to get the latest information.

They need to access real-time data from any emergency sites and command centres so they can analyse it, make timely decisions and broadcast public-service updates.

CSIRO thinks it has a solution in its high speed and high bandwidth wireless technology known as Ngara, originally developed to help deliver broadband speeds to rural Australia.

The organisation has announced a licensing deal with Australian company RF Technology to commercialise Ngara so it can be used to allow massive amounts of information to be passed between control centres and emergency services in the field.

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