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Digicel boosts UWI seismic communications

Digicel boosts UWI seismic communications
RODERICK STEWART, Volcano Seismologist monitors the seismic activity of La Soufrière from the Belmont Observatory.

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FIELD SCIENTISTS at The UWI Seismic Research Centre (UWI-SRC) / Montserrat Volcano Observatory based in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines now have the benefit of an LTE modem courtesy Digicel.

Last weekend, the scientists who are currently monitoring the eruption of La Soufrière volcano received the equipment from Digicel representatives in St Vincent.

The modem was provided for use at the Belmont Observatory which is the established forward base for scientific observation during the ongoing crisis. LTE modems use cellular technology which have become increasingly robust during natural hazard impacts. This equipment will provide an additional layer of redundancy for communications at the Observatory, ensuring internet connectivity is maintained if the primary wired network is compromised in any way.

Expressing gratitude on behalf of UWI-SRC, Education and Outreach Manager, Stacey Edwards noted that: “Communication is very important in these hazardous conditions and backup systems are always necessary, especially when so much is at stake. The UWI Seismic Research Centre Team is grateful to the Digicel Group for their generous contribution and support to the people of St Vincent and the Grenadines”.