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1 Haiti Relief Deployment January - March 2010 Andris Bjornson - Project Engineer

2 Organizations on the ground need Internet for logistical coordination, headquarters / field communication, media outreach, etc. ISP distribution networks down / unreliable Inveneo had no Haiti presence, but had been actively exploring expansion in- country. Our network of contacts was key. NetHope: A catalyst for collaboration and aggregator of needs for 29 of the worlds leading international humanitarian organizations. Contacted Inveneo for help providing stable, high-bandwidth access to its members. The Need

3 12 JanEarthquake event 13-14 JanCoordinate and fundraise with NetHope 14-18 JanPreparation and loadout 19 JanTransport staff and equipment to Port-au-Prince 20 JanInitial on-site survey 21 JanFirst core site installations 22 Jan-5 FebNetwork growth 6 FebRotation of team members 7 Feb-25 FebPrioritize network stability over growth 31 MarEnd of network commitment Deployment Timeline

4 Preparation / Loadout Inveneo not funded to maintain disaster readiness: started from ground up Equipment acquired within 3 days, mostly donated Most funding acquired within 1 week Transport logistics resolved on day of departure Staff and volunteers worked many weekend hours

5 Transport Organization and kitting was key: equipment manifests United and Airline Ambassadors provided transport Good logistics and transport coordination support was critical to success

6 Good organization is key to working quickly, both tools and gear Pre-kitting related components saves time: less to think about on the ground These small details allowed us to bring up as many as 3-4 sites a day It is crucial to have good data about each site in advance Deployment

7 Location confirmation: Google Earth, OSM Site survey: Details like roof access, transport and power save time Multiple contact points and methods require constant attention Coordination focal point - admin person Comms: SMS, Radio, Google Docs, email lists, GeoChat Field Coordination

8 KML Flythrough Deployment strategy Bandwidth sources Hardening of relay points Network monitoring The Network


10 The solution you provided [...] greatly enhanced our ability to communicate in the consistent way we needed and at a time when voice calls were next to impossible the link you provided enabled us to call over Skype with excellent quality. --Barry Pimlott, Concern International Today we had our first Skype call between PROFAMIL in Port-au-Prince and our IPPF/WHR regional office in NYC. Call quality was excellent. [This network] has brought us closer together [and] will make PROFAMILs coordination and support much more effective. --Leslie Varkonyi, IPPF [This network] has been really useful, as It has allowed our communications staff to do phone conferences with CNN, BBC and others thru late hours during the night [...] the Inveneo network has been really helpful as our communications have become stronger and reliable. --Cristian Alfaro, Save the Children The Impact

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