High Speed Multi Media

2020c

Here are some items to work on this year.

  • Develop Alternative Communication Resources
    • develop resources that reach into neighborhood settings
      • what is needed to cover individual areas (within 2 to 5 mile radius)?
      • resources that are quick to deploy and easy to operate
    • develop ways to use WiFi technology for delivery of critical information
      • most smart phones have WiFi available that can be used with hot spots for localized communications
      • with additional Amateur Radio Operators a resource similar to WiFi called High Speed Multi Media (HSMM) can be used
        • HSMM provides longer range communication via higher gain antennas and higher RF power that is available
  • Everyone needs a PAS (Portable Asterisk Server) a IP-PBX package that fits in nicely with high speed multi media. As well as being a able to create its own network without the need to connect to a master database. With the miniaturization of computers the PAS can be operate with very low power consumption.
    • The PAS will work along with the HSMM creating a local and extended range wireless telephone network.
    • Additional Training opportunities plan on “in person” and online training.

 

 
Origninally posted in 2015

2020b

So what’s been happening lately?  Still working on the Asterisk PBX and RF Gateways, should have some new information regarding the Communications Transportable System (CoTS).  Looks like the containers (transportable rack cases) will need to be a few more rack spaces in height to fit everything.   Most likely go with a separate power unit so the weight will be reduced some.

Still need to work on the HSMM Go-KITS, they can be included in with the CoTS as well as work stand alone.  The challenge may be finding enough locations to make it feasible especially in rural areas.   But at the same time rural areas can be more conducive to long haul high speed links.

More information on both the CoTS and Go-KITS soon …

 

Originally posted in 2012

2020a

Need to do some recruiting so that resources can be within the “neighborhood.”  This will make it a lot easier to test the HSMM gear.

Then continue on with the following objectives:

  • Develop Alternative Communication Resources
    • develop resources that reach into neighborhood settings
      • what is needed to cover individual areas (within 2 to 5 mile radius, 10 mile radius, et al)?
      • resources that are quick to deploy and easy to operate
    • develop ways to use WiFi technology for delivery of critical information
      • most smart phones have WiFi available that can be used with hot spots for localized communications
      • with additional Amateur Radio Operators a resource similar to WiFi called High Speed Multi Media (HSMM) can be used
        • HSMM provides longer range communication via higher gain antennas and higher RF power that is available
  • Everyone needs a PAS (Portable Asterisk Server) a IP-PBX package that fits in nicely with high speed multi media. As well as being a able to create its own network without the need to connect to a master database. With the miniaturization of computers the PAS can be operate with very low power consumption.
    • The PAS will work along with the HSMM creating a local and extended range wireless telephone network.
  • Additional Training opportunities plan on “in person” and online training.

pritunl

We need to take a look at pritunl, which is a “Pritunl is an easy-to-use, open-source VPN server with an intuitive web management interface.”  Since it is available as a “one touch installation” it will be easier to setup and learn how it operates.

Still need to keep SoftEther in the picture too, between pritunl and softether there may be some good benefits in both.

 

 

VPN Tunnels

Been wanting to do some testing on VPN connectivity and SoftEther (a multi-protocol open source VPN program) came up.

Here are some benefits of SoftEther as mentioned on their web site:

SoftEther VPN is an optimum alternative to OpenVPN and Microsoft’s VPN servers. SoftEther VPN has a clone-function of OpenVPN Server. You can integrate from OpenVPN to SoftEther VPN smoothly. SoftEther VPN is faster than OpenVPN. SoftEther VPN also supports Microsoft SSTP VPN for Windows Vista / 7 / 8. No more need to pay expensive charges for Windows Server license for Remote-Access VPN function.

SoftEther https://www.softether.org/

 

 

Still looking for a place to work on these projects again.  Any one with any experience using SoftEther, please let us know how things are going with your projects.

 

 

 

 

Exactly

Sometimes it is just a plain good idea to know where you are at.  Especially when working on a server remotely.  Never fun to get locked out because you were using the wrong credentials on the wrong server.  Whoops! Huh?

Forward-Thinking

Forward-Thinking Digital Imagining

1) HSMM capabilities at least in the 70cm band and even in 1.25m band.

2 ) Long range HSMM networks with data/video/voice capabilities. (With products like the Ubiquiti Networks Bullet [ubnt.com] should be able to get some decent range)

3) Low-cost Digital Interface that can plug into any radio with a data port (most new radios have a data port present, plus by regulation {at least for Part 90 equipment} they have to be able to handle at least 4k8 baud data – definitely not high speed, but it lets messaging take place).

4) Compact Rapid Deployment Links (RaDL) based on Asterisk that can be quickly delivered to any location thus providing phone and radio connectivity. ** Come up with a way to do it with the Gumstix Overo boards everything could fit in a radio. Add a Ethernet pigtail on the back of the radio one would have access to local SIP/IAX2 phone capabilities plus the radio could provide long-haul capabilities for at least one call to the outside world. Instant dispatch capabilities with the package too, along with intertie to other radio systems.**

The radio itself would work as a link/remote base anyone in the local network could connect through the LAN/wLAN to the RF side to transmit/receive via the radio itself. Plus they would still have local network capabilities. Since the original gumstix/Asterisk package was able to handle 10 to 15 calls, the new package should be able to increase that by at least to 15 to 20 calls.  Attach another wLAN to the RaDL would create another sub-network as well as capability for a second RF Gateway channel.

DARN is near

The Digital Analog Radio Network is near.

DARN defined as “to mend by weaving thread across a gap” that is what is being done. Those that want to see flexibility will go with the DARN approach, as a improvement while there will be others that find it to be just annoyance. DARN definitely fits the new Digital Analog Radio Networks.

Sometimes logic can indeed be simple (send in most potentially linkable exchange).

The Digital Analog Radio Network web site is located at http://darnsimple.net

Dynamic Paths

Just like other living things there are good and bad times for dynamic paths that are taken.

One can opt to be static yet knowing dynamic paths will move you.


What does this mean to those that work in the area of emergency response?

Be flexible with the methods that are used, yet maintain the basic standards that allow a incident operation to be conducted safely. Standards which remain static can be used as a basis for operation integrity and also represent a road map to a successful mission.

Standard Operation Procedures provide the static portion for operational planning yet they should also be dynamic so that when new methods are presented they can be placed into the Standard Operation Procedures as soon as possible.

Every situation, every incident is different, thus the need for being dynamic in operational style. At times incidents will take place that are not amongst the normal operational situations. This indeed is one of the times that we need to be dynamic in readiness and response.

Flexibility is a key ingredient to readiness and the all hazard approach to emergency response and planning.

As a organization which path are you opting for: static or dynamic flexibility?