Hytera Contributes Communications Equipment After Indonesian Earthquake
Thursday, August 09, 2018 | Comments

A magnitude-6.9 earthquake hit the Indonesian islands of Lombok and Bali 5 August, with more than 90 people dead and hundreds more injured. The immediate focus is search, rescue and meeting the basic needs of people affected by the earthquake.

To improve collaboration efficiency in the search, rescue and evacuation, Hytera donated communications devices to Palang Merah Indonesia (PMI), the Indonesian Red Cross, and has connected with the Blue Sky Rescue and International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC) and Red Crescent Societies to stand by per the nation’s request for international rescue efforts.

On the morning of 6 August, the Hytera Indonesian subsidiary in Jakarta set up a seven-member emergency response team and immediately contacted PMI, as its volunteers and staff have been providing medical support to the survivors and helped to evacuate people from the coastal areas. After confirming PMI was in need of mobile communications support, the Hytera local team soon came out with a mission-critical communications solution, consisting of digital two-way radios, a mobile radio and repeater.

A joint meeting between Hytera engineers and PMI technicians was organized to go through the solution details and possible scenarios where the solution could be used. On 7 August, Hytera devices were handed over to the PMI team, and its emergency response team was on standby to provide assistance for upcoming rescue efforts.

“About one week ago I saw Basarnas (Indonesia Emergency Rescue Department) was using your devices in the last Lombok Earthquake,” said Sunarbowo Sandi, head of the PMI headquarters, when receiving devices from Jerry Gao, sales manager of overseas sales department at Hytera. “I am familiar with your brand. When you proposed to donate equipment, I am so excited. I hope that those devices could be used into the rescue as soon as possible. Thank you for your help.”

At the same time, a Hytera team in Shenzhen, China, contacted the Blue Sky Rescue and the East Asia of IFRC and Red Crescent Societies to offer necessary help once needed.

David Yang, a Hytera regional marketing manager from Shenzhen, delivered 50 handsets, a mobile radio and a repeater to the Indonesian Red Cross office in Jakarta. The IFRC and Red Crescent Societies and Indonesian Red Cross welcome more donations for the earthquake operation. IFRC would like to establish a regional or global partnership with Hytera.

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