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DISASTER AND EMERGENCY RESPONSE TECHNOLOGIES ON DISPLAY AT FIRST “SILICON VALLEY SIMULATION DAY”
[September 13, 2006]

DISASTER AND EMERGENCY RESPONSE TECHNOLOGIES ON DISPLAY AT FIRST “SILICON VALLEY SIMULATION DAY”

Free Event Showcases Wireless, Satellite, VoIP, and "Green" WiFi (News - Alert) Tech Designed for Catastrophes

Mountain View, CA (News - Alert) -- September 14, 2006 -- HumaniNet, in partnership TechReach International, will hold the first “Silicon Valley Simulation Day” to demonstrate new technologies that can help relief teams to communicate and manage information in a crisis.

The free event -- to be held on September 19, 2006 at the Intuit Campus at 2550 Garcia Road, Building #5, in Mountain View, CA -- will feature a simulated crisis scenario where engineers can test their equipment and skills to re-establish communications to help relief teams respond to crises.

Telenor Satellite Services is the event sponsor and will have on hand a variety of satellite communications systems that enable highly mobile voice, data, and broadband communications.


Advance registration for Silicon Valley Simulation Day can be done at www.humaninet.org or by emailing name and organization to info@humaninet.org. Agenda and directions are also posted on the Web site.

Silicon Valley Simulation Day attendees will also learn about TechReach International, an initiative to recruit and mobilize technology volunteers for supporting relief operations.

"For several years, and especially after Hurricane Katrina, we have heard from many technology and communications experts who wanted to help the on-site teams, but did not know where to start," said Gregg Swanson, HumaniNet founder. "TechReach will be a way for these people to get engaged – and the relief community can certainly use their help."

Silicon Valley Simulation Day will feature:
* A crisis communications center that utilizes satellite communications, low-power computers, and wireless networks to provide Internet access and voice communications.
* Rapid Response Satellite Systems from Telenor (www.telenor.com)
* Opportunities for engineers to learn about supporting relief operations from nonprofit TechReach International (www.techri.org)
* Solar-Power PCs/VoIP for Africa from nonprofit Inveneo (News - Alert) (www.inveneo.org)
* Solar-mesh WiFi networks from nonprofit Green-WiFi (www.green-wifi.org)
* Tele-medicine technology for remote medical diagnosis
* Low power, rugged computing, solar WiFi, village VoIP, and more
* Speakers on emergency response capacity building and volunteer action in support of emergency teams
* Networking opportunities for tech and operations managers, program officers, and other nonprofit leaders, and more.

“Mobile satellite communications have proven in recent emergencies to be an essential tool for emergency responders, relief and recovery workers, and for businesses trying to keep their operations functioning during crisis situations,” said Bo Norton, vice president of Channel Sales for Telenor Satellite Services, Inc. “Facilitating the delivery of timely and reliable communications via satellite is of critical importance in emergency situations because, in many instances, satellite offers the only effective means of coordinating relief operations among the responders on location and the organizations providing support.”

For more information on Silicon Valley Simulation Day, please contact Dr. Don Bruce of TechReach International at 831-375-0256 or donaldbru@gmail.com.
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HumaniNet is a nonprofit organization that supports humanitarian relief and development field teams with practical assistance in global information and communication technologies, or ICT. Through its growing network of advisors and field users, HumaniNet is helping humanitarian and mission organizations to make the right choices in communications, particularly in remote areas. For information on HumaniNet, please contact Gregg Swanson at 503-656-7500 or gregg@humaninet.org.

Telenor Satellite Services is the world’s preferred provider of global communications solutions via satellite for customers on land, at sea, and in flight. Telenor offers an expanded product portfolio of broadband satellite solutions and on-demand services enabling customers to meet their global communications requirements. The company also features an innovative menu of value-added services, including The Source® and My Source™ online account management tools, available exclusively to Telenor Service Providers and their Telenor customers. Telenor Satellite Services owns and operates a worldwide network of teleports and communications facilities located throughout Europe and the United States that offer access to multiple global and regional satellite systems. Telenor Satellite Services Web site is: www.telenor.com/satellite.

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