Last week I heard about a situation where a Tropos network was a contributing factor in what may have saved a community from devastation -- this really heightened my awareness as to the critical role our networks can contribute towards public safety. One of our customers, through their ability to detect a fire early, was able to put it out before it spread out of control.
While at first this may not sound like a big deal, but if you've read the news about the extent of damage from fires caused by the Santa Ana winds every year in Southern California, you get the picture. During fire season, high winds in this area can whip fires out of control quickly and threaten not only wildlife, but homes and other property as well. In this case, several video cameras connected to a Tropos wireless broadband network, provided early visibility of a fire outbreak that had occurred on a mountain slope and fire crews were able to get there -- fast.
Early fire warning can translate to a visible difference...once the smoke has cleared.