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One of the most visually interesting demonstrations at the center is an offering from Skype in partnership with emergency.lu which addresses the challenge of worldwide rapid response capacity and preparedness for humanitarian emergencies.
Skype has worked to develop a solution designed to fill the communication gap in the first hours and days after a large-scale disaster.
emergency.lu was launched last December at the UN Headquarters New York, and Skype is now a technical partner supporting the initiative.
The solution provides a multi-layer communications platform consisting of satellite infrastructure and capacity; communication and coordination services; satellite ground terminals for both rapid and long-term deployment; and transportation of equipment to the disaster area within the first 12 to 20 hours.
Skype has develop a specific low bandwidth client which is available as part of emergency.lu and can be downloaded by NGO staff on the ground. The Skype client helps them with coordination and also acts as an alert system to immediately notify experts and the staff working in the affected region.
emergency.lu offers several benefits to the International Humanitarian and Disaster Relief Community:
You can find out more at: http://www.emergency.lu
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