Mission Critical: Communication Needs of First Responders
When dropped calls are simply not an option
The big topic around the water cooler these days is the shift from investing in resources to investing in wireless. There's no doubt this is a key moment in history for the communication revolution, creating a massive opportunity for technology innovators. But one particular issue has the potential to hit each one of us when we're most vulnerable, and where it hurts most. Mobile communications for emergency services and public safety personnel.
More than 10 years after the devastation of 9/11, communication needs of first responders are still sadly lacking. Forbes' Investor Team, in their Intelligent Investing section, featured an article on the communication needs of first responders (911 Safety Update: Why First Responder Communications Hasn't Improved In 10 Years). In it, columnist Andrew Seybold writes about how first responders still can't talk with each other during disasters -- as evidenced by 9/11, and again with Hurricane Katrina in 2005. And even yet again, during the East Coast earthquake in August 2011, when commercial cellular service was brought to its knees.
This costs lives. And not just the lives of individual citizens, but also the lives of first responders on the front lines. Those emergency services personnel that put their own personal safety at risk to help others when they need it most.
Why is this a major issue? Well, one of the key words is 'inter-operability' - the merging of data, voice, video, and text. This is a critical technology need for public safety communications. And this need has been proven time and time again.
In the U.S. alone, there are over 10 million first responders including professionals and volunteers. These are the people who have our backs.
The very least we can do is give them communication tools that work.
(First responders, municipal governments and rural communities are looking for answers to these problems and Instanet provides a solution. Read about how Instanet was recently featured at National Police Week in Washington DC in front of over 25,000 international attendees, in our IGEN Highlights section to the right.)
Star Solutions: Wireless Broadband for the Most Challenging Environments
(On January 10, 2012, IGEN secured a worldwide distribution agreement with Star Solutions International Inc. to offer best-in-class all-IP wireless broadband solutions for underserved communities, disaster and first-response services, and private enterprise networks. For more information, visit www.igen-networks.com)
What is Star Solutions
and what does it do?
Based in Richmond, BC, Canada, Star Solutions pioneered the concept of using internet protocol (IP) to deploy wireless broadband infrastructure to CDMA/GSM mobile users, bringing key advantages in scalability and performance in the most challenging environments. Star Solutions is a leading innovator, developer and manufacturer of solutions that enable their customers to reach new markets - faster, easier and at a lower cost than ever before.
What gets us excited about Star Solutions products?
Simply put, Star Solutions provides an incredible array of smart options to a world that is demanding more and more wireless broadband solutions - and in markets that are underserved by today's standards.
Their products deliver voice and broadband data services that work in the following scenarios:
- Major wireless carrier applications
- Rural mobile deployments
- Enterprise and in-building applications
- Cruise ship or remote specialized scenarios
- Portable and military applications
To see just how easy it is to use InstaNet, watch the short video below.
For more information on Star Solutions, visit their website at www.starsolutions.com.
|July 2012 Newsletter
InstaNet featured in Urgent Communications
Read the article here.
Instanet featured at National Police Week in DC
Instanet - a mobile communication system that provides secure, weather-resistant, reliable communication and is ideal for emergency and field scenarios - was premiered with a live demonstration and sales at National Police Week from May 13 to 15, 2012 in Washington, DC.
at National Police Week
With over 25,000 attendees, National Police Week is one of the largest global events for police management and personnel. The event generated a tremendous response for Instanet and its unique capabilities.
Star Solutions Named on 2012 "Ready to Rocket" List
Star Solutions was one of the 'best of the best' companies listed on the tenth annual "Ready to Rocket" list of BC technology companies that are positioned for high growth. Respected in the technology industry for stringent guidelines and exhaustive analysis, the "Ready to Rocket" lists are the only predictive lists of their kind in North America - requiring many months of sector and company analysis.
IGEN Moves One Step Closer to Canadian Listing
IGEN has filed a preliminary non-offering prospectus with the BC Securities Commission as part of the listing process for the CNSX. Along with IGEN's OTCQB presence, their upcoming CNSX listing will provide greater access for investors all across North America to participate in the growth of privately held technology companies within IGEN's portfolio.
IGEN is a fully reporting company in both Canada and the United States, where it is publicly traded on the OTC market and quoted on the OTCQB. For more information, visit us at www.igen-networks.com.
John Halme, Investor Relations