Due to international Demining regulations,
all operations must have communication with their respective commands
in order to perform effective evacuation/assistance in case of an
accident or any war related threat. This is achieved through HF
radios and mobile satellite phones. Whereas HF can be unreliable
in many meteorological conditions, low speed satellite phone is
more reliable but has higher running costs. As a result both are
only used for high priority communication. Important data on daily
work documentation, like spreadsheets and digital images, logistical
needs, staff etc take very long until they reach the command if
in the country, by slow messenger or between countries, via expensive
With contemporary technologies and software we can build an IT solution
that links the most important points of data collection via high
speed ISDN satellite feed like a small business network in an office.
This is called VPN, which stands for virtual private network. Once
such a system is installed, all data and mail can be shared online
in almost real-time with lower running costs than existing satellite
technology. The advantages apart from massively saving project funds
is the timely flow of project information and a much better documentation
of the work.
The International Desk in Windhoek serves as a hub for the network.
The mobile MiVA Container, currently in the Regional HQ in Ondjiva,
Kunene Province, serves as a hub for Angola. The hub for Mozambique
is the office in the capital Maputo and another mobile station moves
with the mine clearance operation in Limpopo, Gaza Province. Selected
folders can additionally be shared with donors or the public website
In order to connect the stations via Internet, we would have to
purchase and set up 2 x M4 ISDN satellite terminals in Ondjiva,
and Limpopo. They are to be connected to existing PCs and Notebooks.
A special software package and service enables our RedHat Linux
and Microsoft XP infrastructure to share files and mail between
the hub and the outstations. Via the hub, the stations can also
connect to the internet and internet email. Essentially, this provides
us with a VPN between all of our suitably equipped field locations
(ISDN M4 satphone).