The telephones and mobile phones which connects through terrestrial network or cell sites that can be damaged by natural disasters. Moreover, most mobile telephone networks operate close to capacity during normal times and large spikes in call volumes caused by widespread emergencies often overload the system just when it is needed the most. The satellite phone or satphone operate directly through geo-stationery satellite and therefore can avoid this problem and provide failsafe communication in any eventuality.
OSDMA has procured 35 numbers of Inmarsat Mini-M Satellite Phones (portable-32, with provident antenna-1 and with voyager antenna-2) and placed with the key disaster managers at the State and District levels. Officers can move to the disaster site with the satellite phone and restore connectivity if other modes of communications have been disrupted or not available.
All the 30 District Collectors have been provided with INMARSAT Mini-M terminal Portable Satellite phones.
One INMARSAT Mini-M terminal Portable Satellite phone each has been provided to Revenue & Disaster Management Department Control Room and Orissa State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA).
One INMARSAT Mini-M terminal Satellite phone with fixed Provident antenna has been set up in the State Emergency Operations Centre in the office of the Special relief commissioner at Rajiv Bhubaneswar.
Two Omni-directional Voyager antenna sat phones have been installed in two vehicles of OSDMA and kept ready to move the emergency site whenever necessary