Security communication

Two-way VHF and HF radio networks to cover common operational areas.

 

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S1.0 Independent security communications network with coverage of a limited area

Standard/Optional service: Standard

Activation time: 1st day

"Simplex" operation on pre-defined emergency channels. Pre-programming of radios to the correct frequency prior to departure is required.

Purpose Humanitarian workers need to constantly be contactable as well as have the facility to contact the main office and each other within an operational area
Description "Simplex" operation on pre-defined emergency channels. Pre-programming of radios to the correct frequency prior to departure is required.
Service Description Status Final
Standard features  Provide an independent security communication with coverage of limited areas to allow humanitarian workers to communicate with each other.
Optional features  NA
Details of service level  NA
Activation trigger  Country specific MOSS requirement
Deactivation trigger  Country specific MOSS requirement
Time for service delivery after activation  Available as soon as the end user terminals have been programmed
Dependencies This service will depend on importation and frequency agreement with the host government. In exceptional cases often based on government regulations, the UHF band will be used. Geographical obstacles might also limit the area covered.
Responsibilities of service recipients  Provide end-user devices, installation and maintenance of radio equipment for any individual organization
Specifications for end-user terminals 

VHF: 136-174MHz, 12.5kHZ channel spacing, Sel-5 (EEA 40ms)

UHF: 403-470MHz, 12.5kHZ channel spacing, Sel-5 (EEA 40ms)

Cost to service recipients  No cost
Technical support  The ETC Coordinator is the focal point for technical support issues
Maintenance arrangements  Same as Technical Support, see above
Name of provider(s)  Emergency Telecommunications Cluster Lead Agency
Provider contact details Local ETC Coordinator
Sponsoring agency/ MoU  World Food Programme

 

S1.1 Basic coverage of a common operational area

Standard/Optional service: Standard

Activation time: 1st week

Establish and maintain an independent security communications network with coverage of Common Operational Areas.

Purpose Humanitarian workers need to constantly be contactable as well as have the facility to contact the main office and each other within an operational area
Description Basic coverage around the main operational center. This service may require re-programming of the equipment
Service Description Status Final
Standard features  Provide an independent security communications network with coverage of common operational areas to allow humanitarian workers to communicate with each other, with offices and vehicles.
Optional features  NA
Details of service level  NA
Activation trigger  Country specific MOSS requirement
Deactivation trigger  Country specific MOSS requirement
Time for service delivery after activation  Available as soon as the end user terminals have been programmed
Dependencies This service will depend on importation and frequency agreement with the host government. In exceptional cases often based on government regulations, the UHF band will be used. Geographical obstacles might also limit the area covered.
Responsibilities of service recipients  Provide end-user devices, installation or maintenance of radio equipment for any individual organization.
Specifications for end-user terminals 

VHF: 136-174MHz, 12.5kHZ channel spacing, Sel-5 (EEA 40ms)

UHF: 403-470MHz, 12.5kHZ channel spacing, Sel-5 (EEA 40ms)

Cost to service recipients  No cost
Technical support  The ETC Coordinator is the focal point for technical support issues
Maintenance arrangements  Same as Technical Support, see above
Name of provider(s)  Emergency Telecommunications Cluster Lead Agency
Provider contact details Local ETC Coordinator
Sponsoring agency/ MoU  World Food Programme

S1.2 Extended coverage of a common operational area

Standard/Optional service: Standard

Activation time: 3rd week

Establish and maintain an independent security communications network with coverage of common operational areas.

Purpose Humanitarian workers need to constantly be contactable as well as have the facility to contact the main office and each other within an operational area.
Description Extended coverage within Common Operational Areas, including dedicated channels.
Service Description Status Final
Standard features  Provide an independent security communications network with coverage of common operational areas to allow humanitarian workers to communicate with each other, with offices and vehicles.
Optional features  NA
Details of service level  NA
Activation trigger  Country specific MOSS requirement
Deactivation trigger  Country specific MOSS requirement
Time for service delivery after activation  Available as soon as the end user terminals have been programmed
Dependencies This service will depend on importation and frequency agreement with the host government. In exceptional cases often based on government regulations, the UHF band will be used. Geographical obstacles might also limit the area covered.
Responsibilities of service recipients  Provide end-user devices, installation or maintenance of radio equipment or electrical power equipment/generators for any Individual organization.
Specifications for end-user terminals 

VHF: 136-174MHz, 12.5kHZ channel spacing, Sel-5 (EEA 40ms)

UHF: 403-470MHz, 12.5kHZ channel spacing, Sel-5 (EEA 40ms)

Cost to service recipients  No cost of the service during the project
Technical support  The service provider will be responsible for the operations of all hardware, software and network equipment and service availability throughout the project duration. The ETC Coordinator is the focal point for technical support issues
Maintenance arrangements  Same as Technical Support, see above
Name of provider(s)  Emergency Telecommunications Cluster Lead Agency
Provider contact details Local ETC Coordinator
Sponsoring agency/ MoU  World Food Programme

S2.0 Communications Centre (COMCEN)

Standard/Optional service: Standard

Activation time: 1st week

Establish and maintain COMCEN(s) operating as per country MOSS standards

Purpose Humanitarian workers need to constantly be contactable as well as have the facility to contact the main office and each other within an operational area
Description "Simplex" operation on pre-defined emergency channels. Pre-programming of radios to the correct frequency prior to departure is required.
Service Description Status Final
Standard features  Provide an independent security communication with coverage of limited areas to allow humanitarian workers to communicate with each other.
Optional features  NA
Details of service level  NA
Activation trigger  Country specific MOSS requirement
Deactivation trigger  Country specific MOSS requirement
Time for service delivery after activation  Available as soon as the end user terminals have been programmed
Dependencies This service will depend on importation and frequency agreement with the host government. In exceptional cases often based on government regulations, the UHF band will be used. Geographical obstacles might also limit the area covered.
Responsibilities of service recipients  Provide end-user devices, installation and maintenance of radio equipment for any individual organization
Specifications for end-user terminals 

VHF: 136-174MHz, 12.5kHZ channel spacing, Sel-5 (EEA 40ms)

UHF: 403-470MHz, 12.5kHZ channel spacing, Sel-5 (EEA 40ms)

Cost to service recipients  No cost
Technical support  The ETC Coordinator is the focal point for technical support issues
Maintenance arrangements  Same as Technical Support, see above
Name of provider(s)  Emergency Telecommunications Cluster Lead Agency
Provider contact details Local ETC Coordinator
Sponsoring agency/ MoU  World Food Programme

S3.0 Radio Training

Standard/Optional service: Standard

Activation time: 3rd week

Provide training for radio operators and radio users.

Purpose Humanitarian workers need to constantly be contactable as well as have the facility to contact the main office and each other within an operational area
Description "Simplex" operation on pre-defined emergency channels. Pre-programming of radios to the correct frequency prior to departure is required.
Service Description Status Final
Standard features  Provide an independent security communication with coverage of limited areas to allow humanitarian workers to communicate with each other.
Optional features  NA
Details of service level  NA
Activation trigger  Country specific MOSS requirement
Deactivation trigger  Country specific MOSS requirement
Time for service delivery after activation  Available as soon as the end user terminals have been programmed
Dependencies This service will depend on importation and frequency agreement with the host government. In exceptional cases often based on government regulations, the UHF band will be used. Geographical obstacles might also limit the area covered.
Responsibilities of service recipients  Provide end-user devices, installation and maintenance of radio equipment for any individual organization
Specifications for end-user terminals 

VHF: 136-174MHz, 12.5kHZ channel spacing, Sel-5 (EEA 40ms)

UHF: 403-470MHz, 12.5kHZ channel spacing, Sel-5 (EEA 40ms)

Cost to service recipients  No cost
Technical support  The ETC Coordinator is the focal point for technical support issues
Maintenance arrangements  Same as Technical Support, see above
Name of provider(s)  Emergency Telecommunications Cluster Lead Agency
Provider contact details Local ETC Coordinator
Sponsoring agency/ MoU  World Food Programme

S4.0 Radio Programming

Standard/Optional service: Standard

Activation time: 1st week

Programming of radios or other equipment (as per standard) belonging to individual organizations to be provided on best effort basis.

Purpose Humanitarian workers need to constantly be contactable as well as have the facility to contact the main office and each other within an operational area
Description "Simplex" operation on pre-defined emergency channels. Pre-programming of radios to the correct frequency prior to departure is required.
Service Description Status Final
Standard features  Provide an independent security communication with coverage of limited areas to allow humanitarian workers to communicate with each other.
Optional features  NA
Details of service level  NA
Activation trigger  Country specific MOSS requirement
Deactivation trigger  Country specific MOSS requirement
Time for service delivery after activation  Available as soon as the end user terminals have been programmed
Dependencies This service will depend on importation and frequency agreement with the host government. In exceptional cases often based on government regulations, the UHF band will be used. Geographical obstacles might also limit the area covered.
Responsibilities of service recipients  Provide end-user devices, installation and maintenance of radio equipment for any individual organization
Specifications for end-user terminals 

VHF: 136-174MHz, 12.5kHZ channel spacing, Sel-5 (EEA 40ms)

UHF: 403-470MHz, 12.5kHZ channel spacing, Sel-5 (EEA 40ms)

Cost to service recipients  No cost
Technical support  The ETC Coordinator is the focal point for technical support issues
Maintenance arrangements  Same as Technical Support, see above
Name of provider(s)  Emergency Telecommunications Cluster Lead Agency
Provider contact details Local ETC Coordinator
Sponsoring agency/ MoU  World Food Programme

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