August 3, 2006 By Adam Stone
However, what happens if the Internet is entirely down in the crisis area? Even that unlikely scenario can be managed, Baron said.
"I have a communications team somewhere, and I have a cell phone, so I can call them up," he said. "As long they have Internet access, as long as I can get to somebody who has access to the system, I still can tell them what needs to go up on the system."
Universities, school districts and fire departments have already deployed the system. In Houston, Edmonds expressed optimism for a system that could bring new efficiencies to crisis communications.
"We expect this new communications platform to make a difference," he said. "A variety of potential scenarios can obviously have a tremendous impact on the port and surrounding areas, so it goes without saying that setting up truly effective and rapid communication processes is key for us."
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