Rockwell Collins released the ARINC UrgentLink communication network system earlier this week.
According to the company, this system is designed to meet disaster communication needs by being the first network of its kind that allows communication channels to be open in cases where older communication lines are taken offline or destroyed as a result of a disaster situation.
The system uses Federal Communication Commission (FCC) licensed radio frequencies that are reserved for use in the case of a disaster. The company will make it available as a subscription service, which allows data and voice capability to first response personnel, hospitals and infrastructure personnel in the affected area.
"The need for reliable communications supporting first responders and other public safety and critical infrastructure personnel during a disaster is clear without it, the public's safety is at risk," Jeff Standerski, senior vice president for information management services at Rockwell, said. "ARINC UrgentLink is the ultimate backup to the backup for disaster communications."
This network would allow those outside of the affected area to reach those within a disaster zone via cell phone service, landlines and other means of communicating.
This system is currently available in select areas as the company continues to implement it nationally.