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OKI Delivers Broadband Wireless System for Disaster Operations to Republic of the Philippines' Department of Science and Technology
|By Business Wire
|August 24, 2014 10:30 PM EDT
(TOKYO:6703) today announced the delivery of the Broadband Wireless
System for Disaster Operations based on OKI
Media Server, an IP video delivery system, to the Republic of the
Philippines (the Philippines) through Department of Science and
Technology - Information and Communications Technology Office
(DOST-ICTO), its academe-industry research partners Ateneo
de Manila University and Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company PLDT.
The system’s head-end commissioning and handover ceremony was held on
July 22, 2014 and from then on it will be used for trial studies
involving building resilient information and telecommunication systems
for use in the event of disasters.
In the previous year alone, natural disasters in the Philippines
included Typhoon Haiyan, known locally as typhoon Yolanda, the deadliest
Philippine typhoon on record, and a magnitude 7.2 earthquake that caused
great destruction in Bohol province. In response, DOST-ICTO Ateneo de
Manila University spent considerable time looking for various ways to
address communication problems resulting from damaged communication
networks caused by natural disasters. In times of calamities, there is a
need for immediate communication of information in order to minimize
damage and loss of human life, and to provide evacuation updates and
other vital information to those concerned.
Efforts focused on the area one-seg technology, which broadcasts video,
voice and data to a specific area. Both an IPTV applied fixed network
and an area one-seg wireless network were installed at Ateneo de Manila
University’s Ateneo Innovation Center. Based on the theme of broadband
wireless for disaster operations, the decision was made to pursue
research on resilient networks and reconfigurable information systems
for rapidly deployable disaster response. This research seeks to develop
the techniques and services required to communicate necessary
information using various communication tools.
Undertaken as part of Asia-Pacific
Telecommunity (APT) programs to develop human resources, this
research was directed by Department of Science and Technology -
Information and Communications Technology Office, including Ateneo de
Manila University, PLDT,
Keio University, OKI, and Mitsubishi Electric Corporation. OKI built the
trial broadband wireless for disaster operations.
“With the goal of contributing to both domestic and international
network carriers and service providers,” says Hidetoshi Saigou, Senior
Vice President and General Manager, Telecom Systems Business Division at
OKI. “OKI will take advantage of the opportunity presented by this trial
system delivery to intensify product development and to expand the
features needed to meet the demands of network carriers and service
providers in Asia-Pacific region, while promoting the standardization of
This system is based on OKI
Media Server, OKI’s IP video delivery system, which complies with International
Telecommunication Union (ITU) global standards and delivers disaster
information using IPTV STB for TV and one-seg transmitters for mobile
terminals, including tablet terminals. The system enables transfers of
high-quality video of a disaster area and related information via IP
networks, delivering video, voice, and data to the affected network area
via area one-seg broadcasting or WiFi networks. OKI Media Server allows
the continuing delivery of video complying with applicable standards to
IPTV, WiFi terminals, and one seg transmitters. IPTV STB complies with,
specification for IPTV basic terminals (ITU-T H.721) and, Lightweight
Interactive Multimedia Environment (LIME) (ITU-T H.762), compiled based
on Japanese data broadcasting standards and error-correcting code (ITU-T
H.701). The area one-seg technology is based on ISDB-T, selected for
adoption by the Philippines. Terminals capable of receiving one seg data
are expected to cover the whole of the Philippines. HLS is used for
delivery to WiFi terminals.
This system will be introduced at a workshop at the global standard
conformance and interoperability event, APT/ITU C&I held in Bangkok,
Thailand, on August 25 and 26, 2014, and at Asia-Pacific Telecommunity
Standardization Program (ASTAP), held until August 29.
[About OKI MediaServer]
An IP video delivery system developed by OKI, OKI
MediaServer comes equipped with typical video delivery functions and
is readily adopted for use with various systems based on video and
voice, including VOD, linear TV, live delivery systems, StartOver,
satellite stations, and monitoring systems. In an interconnect event
featuring ITU-T IPTV standards, OKI MediaServer demonstrated performance
in Japan equal to a reference server. It is currently used by
telecommunication carriers to provide commercial IPTV services and for
research at numerous universities.
About OKI Electric Industry (OKI)
Founded in 1881, OKI Electric Industry is Japan's leading
telecommunications manufacturer in the Info-telecom field. Headquartered
in Tokyo, Japan, OKI provides top-quality products, technologies, and
solutions to customers through its info-telecom systems and printer
operations. Its various business divisions function synergistically to
bring to market exciting new products and technologies that meet a wide
range of customer needs in various sectors. Visit OKI's global website
The names of the companies and products mentioned in this document are
the trademarks or registered trademarks of the respective companies
WiFi is a registered trademark of WiFi Alliances.
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