Ericsson (News - Alert) Response and Save the Children recently announced that they have signed a partnership agreement for global disaster response. The initial agreement is for three years, after which it will be automatically renewed for one year at a time.
Save the Children is an organization that works with local organizations and international agencies to save the lives of vulnerable children, providing security and protection from the dangers of a disaster. Meanwhile, employees working at Ericsson, a provider of communications technology and services, wanted to contribute their skills and experience in disaster relief situations, and that was the beginning of Ericsson Response.
When disasters happen, the prime need is to be able to communicate. Under the new agreement, Ericsson Response will provide communications technology and use its comprehensive information and communications technology (ICT) capabilities to contribute to a better, faster response in the event of a disaster. During such situations, it will assign staff and provide its partner with technical solutions for use in field operations.
ICT has been known to play a critical role in global disaster response, where efficient and effective emergency communications go a long way toward saving lives and mitigating suffering.
Essentially, Ericsson Response will set up mobile networks for voice and data communication and organize workshops and training sessions for volunteers. By providing the tools to contact the outside world, Ericsson Response will help relief workers to act faster, as they will not have to waste any time setting up communication systems.
Whenever there is a request for aid from Ericsson’s partners, volunteers will rapidly deploy communications solutions, distribute mobile phones for making free calls over the Ericsson Response network and set up Wi-Fi spots for Internet connections.
What’s more, Ericsson Response volunteers are constantly upgrading the technology used to make the units lighter and easier to carry. Many pieces of equipment can be set up in under five hours. Over the last 13 years, Ericsson Response has supported more than 40 relief efforts in more than 30 countries, using its communication arsenal for a good cause.