Intelligent CIO LATAM Issue 13 - Page 54

FEATURE : REMOTE WORKING

BY HELPING THE TRADITIONAL POPULATION FIND SUSTAINABLE ALTERNATIVE INCOMES , THE CHARITY HELPS KEEP THE FOREST INTACT .

With technical breakdowns and extreme weather conditions being prominent in the region – and with boats venturing here at risk of pirate attack – reliable connectivity is essential for those traveling this remote route .
Being off grid also creates difficulties for local nurses wanting to stay in contact with hospitals or emergency services while on the river . Outreach workers and researchers studying the environment here also need to stay in touch to do their work accurately and safely .
The solution
To support ACT ’ s initiatives in the region , Inmarsat partnered with them in 2019 to supply two IsatPhone
2 satellite phones . The hardware meant riverboat travelers could communicate in real-time with communities along the Jauaperi river .
The IsatPhone 2 has unique features , including reliable connectivity with 99.9 % uptime and is engineered to withstand the most extreme weather conditions from – 20 ° C to + 55 ° C – as well as being dust , splash and shock-resistant .
The initial objective of the partnership was to support a university exploration journey to the region between ACT , the University of Southampton , the Federal University of Amazonas and the Institute of Amazon Research .
The results
As part of the initial project , the Inmarsat satellite phones were used by students from the University of Southampton , the Federal University of Amazonas and the Institute of Amazon Research ( IPAM ) during a drone development project in the region . The phones ensured the safety and security of students and ACT workers against technical breakdown , extreme weather and piracy .
Throughout the pandemic , the satellite phones were instrumental in supporting ACT ’ s logistical achievements – facilitating the delivery of food
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