Movable & Deployable ICT Resource Unit Project
Deploy a Moveable and Deployable Resource Unit (MDRU) in identified disaster hit areas to help quickly restore communications in communities by providing services such as harnessing the wireless LAN of nearby areas to enable people in the affected area to make phone calls and connect to internet.
The MDRU Project was proposed and launched by the Nippon Telegraph and Telephone (NTT) group, one of the major telecom carriers in Japan, after the Great East Japan Earthquake hit in 2011 and left communities without important ICT solutions for days and weeks after the earthquake.
The MDRU Project was developed to provide a quick response ICT solution and restore communications in all disaster-affected communities. The project is now in its research and development phase and NTT believes that the recent typhoon and earthquake that have hit the Philippines might turn into a good opportunity for a feasibility study to test MDRU project and contribute to global community with the R&D outcome.
The objective of the study is to conduct a real world testing on the unit in disaster-affected areas of the Philippines. The goal is to ensure that the MDRU is able to establish an ICT network and services in ample time in order to help supply local communities with immediate ICT services to fill the void left by a recent disaster damage.
The study is also set to test its suitability to the Philippine climate and conditions for future expansion of the project across the whole nation.
Background and Information
NTT in partnership with the Central Visayas Information Sharing Network Foundation, Inc. (CVISNET) and the Department of Science and Technology – Region 7 (DOST7) is set to provide a Movable and Deployable ICT Resource Unit (MDRU) as a research and development project in the Philippines specifically in San Remegio, Cebu, one of the affected areas of the Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) the strongest recorded typhoon to make landfall and devastated the Visayas region in November 8, 2013.
An MDRU has the ability to accommodate communication and information processing functions that can be rapidly transported or moved to the disaster zone, and can be deployed within a reasonable short time to establish the network at the disaster site and launch ICT services.
The Movable and Deployable ICT Resource Unit (MRDU) is about the size of a 12-foot long shipping container and is equipped with an array of communications
The unit runs on its own power and could also tap for additional energy from other power sources such as power generators or local active power lines.equipment, servers, and storage devices as well as data center functions.
The MDRU is also designed to complement the development of all-weather communications system and not solely dependent on cellular networks developed by the DOST 7 as response to the destruction of typhoon Yolanda.
The desired unit that will be delivered to the Philippines will be a vehicle based MDRU. The vehicle is a rapid response unit that can move from area to area in a matter of hours. The car is self reliant for 5 days on its own power and can also harness other power sources such as external power generators and local active power lines. The project will conduct a wide range of tests and research in making sure that the unit will be best fit to the country. NTT, CVISNET and DOST7 will form partnership that will conduct testing and training of the MDRU in key disaster prone areas.
Project Scope and Strategy
The MDRU project aims to provide immediate ICT services such as Internet connectivity, phone services and disaster information system in disaster hit areas at a low cost with guaranteed sustainability.
Project scope for MDRU Deployment
- Adequate training to local key members on the uses and functions of the unit
- Real world situation for the MDRU project and have local communities test the unit
- Disaster management planning structure for future disasters to local communities
- Project feedback to determine the success or failure of the project
The MDRU is a vehicle based ICT unit, which can be modularized and upgraded in the future to keep up with modern technology. Because MDRU is a vehicle based unit, it can be deployed to disaster affected areas in a short period of time. An added benefit is that the unit can be used during disaster and non-disaster time.
To ensure the sustainability of the project, a sustainable business development plan will be developed and will be provided to local all communities with MDR unit to make sure that it is serviceable even on non-disaster times.