The UK government’s Critical National Infrastructure policy for emergency services communications platforms: vulnerabilities in the TETRA architecture

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Bennett, Devon, Jahankhani, Hamid and Jahankhani, Hossein 2009. The UK government’s Critical National Infrastructure policy for emergency services communications platforms: vulnerabilities in the TETRA architecture. in: Global Security, Safety, and Sustainability Springer.
AuthorsBennett, Devon, Jahankhani, Hamid and Jahankhani, Hossein
Abstract

In this era of global communications individual communities and entire cities rely heavily on the public telecommunication platforms to support the emergency services workers to provide a professional service in extreme situations, such as natural disasters - floods, earthquakes and hurricanes etc; or terrorist / political attacks, such as London, New York and Madrid. Previous experiences have demonstrated that in such situations entire cities find their general communication platforms such as the Public Switched Telephone Networks and Cellular systems are overwhelmed with emergency communication traffic, as huge number of calls are made locally and internationally to the disaster area to determine if love ones are injured or safe. Until recently under these extreme conditions the emergency services would have to rely solely on the available telecommunications bandwidth and any contingency bandwidth that has been allocated for such situations. However the UK government has a part of its Critical National Infrastructure as deployed a TETRA based private mobile radio (PMR) system to separate critical emergency communication from the general communication platforms. This paper analyzes whether this new system is resilient or could the use of MANET’s be utilised to operate in extreme situations to provide a crucial short/mid-term communication platform.

KeywordsTETRA; Natural disaster
Book titleGlobal Security, Safety, and Sustainability
Year2009
PublisherSpringer
Publication dates
Print01 Sep 2009
Publication process dates
Deposited26 Mar 2012
Series Communications in Computer and Information Science
EventICGS3 2009, 5th International Conference
ISBN978-3-642-04062-7
978-3-642-04061-0
Web address (URL)http://hdl.handle.net/10552/1483
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Citation:
Bennett, D., Jahankhani, H. and Jahankhani, H. (2009) ‘The UK government’s Critical National Infrastructure policy for emergency services communications platforms: vulnerabilities in the TETRA architecture', Communications in Computer and Information Science, 45, pp.43-55.

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