Disaster relief systems, network resilience and recovery: Technical Reports published
The ITU-T Focus Group on Disaster Relief Systems, Network Resilience and Recovery (FG-DR&NRR) has presented the conclusions of its study in nine Technical Reports to inform related standardization work in ITU-T Study Groups. The reports can be downloaded free of charge from the group’s homepage.
FG-DR&NRR was established in January 2012 by the Telecommunication Standardization Advisory Group (TSAG), a decision motivated to a large degree by the 2011 meeting of ITU-T’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Group. As part of the meeting’s Communiqué, CTOs called for further attention to emergency communications to identify and address any demands yet to be reflected by ITU-T’s range of standards in this domain.
The Technical Reports feed into the standardization work of the lead ITU-T group in emergency communications, ITU-T Study Group 2 (Operational aspects), as well as ITU-T Study Group 15 (Transport, access and home).
The reports provide a comprehensive view of the technical frameworks underlying emergency communications and their emerging standardization needs, including:
- Case studies on the performance of communications systems in recent disasters and a review of the standards available to support disaster mitigation.
- The identification of standardization ‘gaps’ ripe to be addressed by ITU-T, building on an analysis of promising technologies and use cases in disaster management, associated standardization activities and the networks and technologies employed by national and international disaster relief bodies.
- Baseline texts for ITU-T standardization, drawing from an evaluation of the technical systems supporting early warning, disaster relief and network resilience and recovery; in particular the aspects of these systems to benefit from common specifications and overarching international standards.