ASSISTS STATE OF ILLINOIS AID WORKERS FOR THE
STATE OF LOUISIANA BY IMPLEMENTING MOBILE SATELLITE INTERNET
PROVIDE COMMUNICATIONS FOR KATRINA RELIEF EFFORTS
The State of Illinois working with the State
of Louisiana contributed a number
of Ground Control
Systems to help with
Jeff Darnton, Systems Engineer
with Ground Control joined the team in setting
the base stations in Lake Charles,
Bogalusa, Gonzales, Covington, and Slidell.
Filling up with gas on the trip down to Louisiana.
Gas was at
$25.00 a gallon
near New Orleans. The CMS Emergency
Response Trailer has 4 Magellan
systems stowed on the
Setting up operations at the Red Cross Relief Camp in
Base camp was established in under
one hour using the auto-deploying MSS
and its instant
Wifi network capabilities. Power was provided from a
All four dishes are locked on to AMC9 providing
400kbps upload for the trailer and WiFi network.
A look inside the trailer showing the custom
installation with four Hughes
DW6000 modems and 4 stacked Linksys
wireless routers (seen just
left of the laptop). Air conditioning was
supplied to keep
the equipment within
operating specifications under
the Louisiana sun.
The large tent housed 30 Toughbook laptops
that were simultaneously
connected to the MSS's wireless
networks. Each workstation had VOIP
videoconference capacity via web cam.
Volunteer State of Illinois CMS workers gave their time
applications that allowed displaced residents
to access vital funds to
help rebuild their homes.
This large convention building was home for CMS volunteers
and the technical support team.
*A special thanks goes to Matt Likars with the State
who took these photographs.