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Specialist Task Force 472:
Reference scenarios for Emergency satellite-assisted Telecommunication Services

Who we are:

Team Leader: Robert Mort Systek Consulting
Team Members: Anton Donner Ingenieurbüro Donner  
Egil Bovim Egil Bovim Consulting
Haitham Cruickshank CCSR
Julian Seseña Navarro Wireless Partners

What we do:

We are studying the needs for emergency communications via satellite in certain disaster situations. As a first step in this process, the objective of this STF is to define reference scenarios for the evaluation and dimensioning of satellite-based emergency telecommunications. Then an evaluation framework for the dimensioning of a satellite-based emergency telecommunication network for first responders (in charge of search & rescue operations and emergency sheltering) will be established for each selected scenario.

For more details, see our Terms of Reference

Why we do it:

Major emergencies or disasters may result in existing local telecommunications networks becoming damaged or overloaded, hampering the ability of rescue workers to respond and coordinate their activities effectively. Satellites can play a role in replacing or supplementing other telecommunications links in these scenarios. In remote areas, telecommunications may be minimal and here satellites would be a unique and efficient way to quickly deploy emergency communications. Hence a set of requirements for such links needs to be established.

The work also is a response to EC mandate M/496, specifically dossier 9 "Disaster Management" part 2: “Emergency Telecommunication Services” which aims to support standardization for the optimal needs of the emergency responders.

How we do it:

We work in cooperation with the SES SatEC WG, as well as in liaison with the EMTEL Special Committee in ETSI, whose activities cover alerting among others, and with CEN/CENELEC TC 5 Space. Satellite communication is complementary to emergency communications technology and for this reason other groups/organizations involved in this subject will be considered: e.g. ETSI TC TETRA, OASIS and the Forum for Public Safety Communication Europe (PSCE).


  • DTS/SES-00341-1: ”Satellite Earth Station (SES); Reference scenario for the deployment of emergency communications; Part 1: Earthquake”
  • DTS/SES-00341-2: ” Satellite Earth Station (SES); Reference scenario for the deployment of emergency communications; Part 2: Mass casualty incident in public transportation”

Time plan:

The work will be completed by April 2015.

How to contact us:

Robert Mort:


This information is based upon STF working assumptions.
The views expressed do not necessarily represent the position of ETSI in this context.

Last updated: 2014-02-18 09:39:25