|Version 4 (modified by dburgess, 11 months ago)|
This is a new page and still far from complete.
This is the public planning page for RELIEF 12-4, 13-17 August 2012, Paso Robles, California. OpenBTS participants include:
- Quick-Nets (a US Navy project that includes Ushahidi)
- small, cheap (semi-disposable) UAVs
- portable cellular networks, including OpenBTS
- Rogue Genius
- US National Geospatial Intelligence Agency
- Mutual Link
- US Naval Postgraduate School
- LMN Solutions
- Lockheed Martin
- Team Rubicon
- US National Defense University
- Crisis Mappers
- US Department of State
- US Department of Homeland Security
- Georgia Tech. Research Institute (part of the Georgia Institute of Technology)
- lots of others TBD
This will be the largest RELIEF exercise to date. It will be based on reproducing and studying problems encountered by relief workers responding to the 2010 Haiti earthquake.
As a bonus, a security "red team" will be out trying to snoop, spoof and break our systems during part of the exercise.
Conference Call Notes
There is a weekly planning call. Contact John Crowley for information.
25 June 2012 0900 PDT, "Comms" Thread
Challenge of tying things together:
- Multiple cellular networks. (L-M, OpenBTS, others?)
- Airfield area vs. cantonment areas vs. FOB
There is VZN and AT&T commercial cellular coverage at the cantonment area. Commercial service at McMillan? is spotty. No coverage at the FOB. There will also be bent-pipe relay in an aircraft at 5000' AGL giving IP service over a range of about 80 miles. It is an off-channel repeater, though, and probably not useful for standard cellular. What is the frequency range on that bent pipe? I missed it, but for cellular it probably doesn't matter.
Everyone wants live video streaming, even if it means using commercial cellular networks to carry it.
OpenBTS? We can make a GSM/GPRS footprint anywhere that has IP connectivity, at least in principle. In practice, IP routing can be a problem if we don't plan ahead. Likewise with numbering.
L-M is bringing their usual multi-standard COLT, plus a an extra portable BTS side site.
- Letter from NDU or NPS for FCC application.
- Agree ahead of time about numbering for critical sites.
- FCC application
- published frequency plan, participation in the "incident action plan"
- Do we want a unified numbering plan for SIP systems on-site?
- Range still needs to submit application and white paper.
5 July 2012 1000 PDT, "General" Thread
Data management was a big topic. The various imagery systems produce a lot of data, and managing it to maximum advantage is not trivial.
Logistics was another big topic. "We we want to do is like Travelocity for multi-modal HADR (humanitarian aid and disaster relief) cargo transport, with real time shipment updates." Like everything else in RELIEF, smooth cooperation among commercial freight operators, NGOs, and US DoD elements is the holy grail and complicated by differences in culture, systems and terminology.