New high-capacity, long-range equipment and training program ensure reliable, long-term Internet access for refugee camps.
ROLLING MEADOWS, Illinois, Oct. 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Cambium Networks(TM), [http://www.cambiumnetworks.com/] a leading global provider of wireless networking solutions, today announced a significant expansion to its work with the non-profit Disaster Tech Lab [http://disastertechlab.org/] (DTL) in connecting 18 refugee camps across Greece. Cambium Networks and DTL are providing the necessary network equipment and training to the camps, enabling communications and access to information and services. The two organizations are providing an invaluable lifeline to people in need who are looking to connect with family members and loved ones. According to a study by the United Nations [https://www.cnet.com/news/internet-access-as-important-as-food-water-to-refugees-un-says/?#ftag=CAD590a51e], many refugees consider Internet connectivity as essential to their livelihood as food, water, and shelter.
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Cambium has worked very closely with DTL to construct and provide wireless networks and resources to people who have been torn from their homes by disasters and tragedies all over the world. The networks also provide connectivity for aid organizations and local government agencies to provide a safe environment.
In addition to the network equipment, engineers from Cambium Networks and DTL are providing information communications and technologies (ICT) training to refugees with previous communications experience. This unique program includes education and hands-on training on the configuration and maintenance of WiFi and wireless backhaul networks. Once trained, these participants become key members of DTL's on-site volunteer team, supporting the network infrastructure of their camps and providing a much-needed service to their fellow counterparts in the camps spread throughout Lesvos.
"Disaster Tech Lab has been helping people in Greece since this crisis started almost a year ago," said Evert Bopp, Founder of Disaster Tech Lab. "The wireless communications from Cambium Networks enabled DTL to rapidly build a high-speed network that has been performing perfectly. With the cnMaestro [http://www.cambiumnetworks.com/products/software-tools/cnmaestro/](TM) network management system, we are able to monitor the network performance from our offices anywhere - including from Ireland and Canada. People in our volunteer team on Lesvos are quickly able to understand the network design, installation, and operation. An additional advantage of choosing to deploy equipment from Cambium is that their team worked very closely with us and responded quickly to our questions and requirements."
"Through this program, residents of the refugee camps are empowered to build the broadband connectivity that they need," said Atul Bhatnagar, President and CEO at Cambium Networks. "They can extend coverage and use data, voice, and streaming video capability to stay in touch with family and get medical support."
In addition to providing training and equipment for previous network deployments [http://www.zdnet.com/article/europes-refugee-crisis-how-one-wi-fi-network-is-offering-a-lifeline-for-lesbos-migrants/], Cambium Networks has now helped extend the wireless network tenfold with cnPilot(TM) E500 [http://www.cambiumnetworks.com/products/wifi/cnpilot-outdoor/] outdoor and cnPilot E400 [http://www.cambiumnetworks.com/products/wifi/cnpilot-indoor/] indoor enterprise WiFi solutions; and completed a high-speed link between Lesvos and the University of the Aegean using the long-range PTP 650 to further extend and enable the network.
Evert Bopp, Founder of Disaster Tech Lab, and Scott Imhoff, Vice President of Product Management at Cambium Networks, will discuss the deployment in a live webinar on Thursday, October 27, 2016, at 9am CT. Register here [https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3375342745104759043].
About Disaster Tech Lab:
Disaster Tech Labs [http://disastertechlab.org/] deploys WiFi to reconnect disconnected communities in disaster zones across the globe. DTL also supports other NGO's and disaster response agencies by providing IP-based communication services. Disaster Tech Labs has a pool of skilled and experienced volunteers, which can be deployed in response to disasters across the globe. Disaster Tech Labs is a non-profit organization and depends on volunteers and donors [http://disastertechlab.org/donate/] to carry out its work.
About Cambium Networks:
Cambium Networks is a leading global provider of trusted wireless solutions that connect the unconnected - People, Places and Things. Through its extensive portfolio of reliable, scalable and secure wireless narrowband and broadband platforms, Cambium Networks makes it possible for all service providers; industrial, enterprise, government network operators to build affordable, reliable, high-performance connectivity. The company currently has over five million radios deployed in thousands of demanding networks in more than 150 countries. Headquartered outside Chicago and with R&D centers in the U.S., U.K. and India, Cambium Networks sells through a range of trusted global distributors. For more information, visit: www.cambiumnetworks.com [http://www.cambiumnetworks.com/] and www.connectingtheunconnected.org [http://www.connectingtheunconnected.org/].
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