VNL, BSNL launch disaster management service in India


Domestic telecom equipment provider Vihaan Networks Limited (VNL) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) to launch “Relief 123” service to provide disaster management in India.

The “Relief 123” service is an integrated disaster response solution for first responders and public safety agencies. The solution is designed and manufactured by VNL and the backhaul connectivity will be provided by BSNL.

The comprehensive communication solution will bring BSNL and disaster management agencies — National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) on one platform for better coordination.

The “Relief 123” is based on “ResQMobil”, an integrated portable communication solution which packs in the required hardware into a portable transportable trailer-on-wheels.

The service will restore connectivity at disaster sites, help locate the affected people and integrate information across platforms for quick relief.