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Pakistani researchers have developed a portable, solar-powered mobile phone network for use in disasters like floods and earthquakes when regular communications are often disrupted.
“When the RBS is installed in a disaster-struck area, people automatically start receiving its signals on their mobile phones. They can manually choose it and then call, send messages and even browse (internet) data free of charge,” said Umar Saif, ITU vice chancellor and an adviser to the project.
The RBS is a lightweight, compact rectangular box attached with an antenna, a battery and a signal amplifier that is portable and can be carried easily and even dropped from helicopters in such areas where transport system gets disturbed due to disaster. It possesses a solar panel to charge the battery in order to keep it working in areas where electric power is not available.
“This helps generate an automatic database of people in distress, and eventually helps both the rescue and relief teams and the victims”
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