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Monday, 03 March 2014 19:30

All Circuits Are Busy Now

Written by  David Myers

For those who heed the advice to “be prepared,” communicationscan be the first thing you get back online, even while the local utilitycompanies try to figure where to start the restoration effort. The keyto getting your operation back to business as usual, amidst the chaos,is planning ahead with a self-contained back-up communications solutionthat does not rely on any local infrastructure. In short, you need anindependently powered satellite communications system.Despite the cliché, it really is what you do to prepare beforea disaster that determines how well and how quickly you will recoverfrom it. That was certainly the case for BHP Billiton, the world’slargest diversified resources company. With offices and operations allalong the Gulf Coast, BHP Billiton purchased a disaster recovery satellitesolution, to provide back-up communications for its shorebases supportingoffshore oilfield facilities in the Gulf of Mexico. The trailer-mounted,self-contained