I recently started watching Battlestar Galactica on Netflix (I know, very nerdy of me, but I am actually enjoying them) and in the first pilot episode, an entire planet is wiped out by a race of evil robot-humans called Cylons. Okay, I’ll get to the point. This got me thinking about natural disasters and world-cataclysmic events and how we’re going to be prepared for such an event (not destruction by robots necessarily, but you never know what might happen). It is said that he who is prepared shall not fear. In that vein, let’s take a look at AT&Ts new portable cell phone tower.
Usually when a natural disaster strikes, cell phone companies are forced to deploy a fleet of trucks that act as mini and temporary cell phone towers until they can get the real towers fixed. This current method of disaster-relief is very time consuming and costly. AT&T recently developed a portable cell phone tower that can fit in a briefcase known as the Remote Mobility Zone.
It’s basically made up of a satellite dish and an antenna and can handle up to 14 simultaneous cell phone calls in a half-mile radius, which may not sound like much, but will be quite handy in an emergency. You won’t be able to do data-oriented stuff, but you probably won’t be worried about checking your Twitter in an emergency. Hopefully.
The mini-tower will sell from between $15,000-$45,000 and will require a generator to get it going, but if you’re an emergency-preparedness freak with 30k to drop, you may want to look in to it.
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