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The key to emergency preparedness and response is ensuring that first responders can communicate with Emergency Oper- ations Centers—and with each other—to share information about the disaster and coordinate the response, no matter where they are located. That’s why it’s important news that Hughes and Thales Defense & Security, Inc., a global leader in aerospace, transportation, defense, and security technologies, successfully tested a rapidly deployable Long-Term Evolution (LTE) mobile networking solution via satel- lite. The solution leverages the powerful combination of Hughes SPACEWAY® 3 and JUPITERTM high-throughput technol- ogies, connecting with the Thales B-14 system-on-wheels. This robust and private network solution can be deployed virtually anywhere, making it ideal for emergency response networks such as FirstNet, the nationwide, interoperable public safety broadband network.
Given the size of its population, India has one of the lowest ATM densities in the world with only 25 ATM machines for every 1,000 sq. km. That translates into 8.9 ATMs for every 100,000 in population.
In 2014, Hughes India connected over 12,000 new off-site ATMs and rural bank branches with a secure broadband satellite network for a number of banks, including Punjab National Bank, HDFC Bank, Oriental Bank of Commerce, Bank of Baroda, IDBI Bank, Dena Bank, Punjab & Sind Bank, and Odissa Gramya Bank. To date, the total number of ATMs and bank branches connected by Hughes satellite networking is approximately 50,000. As ATM penetration in India continues on its path of high growth, it is expected to reach an estimated 200,000 ATMs by 2016.
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