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Last Updated: 27.02.2012
 
ITU Workshop on Emergency Communications and Information Management  

The International Telecommunication Union, the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT), Thailand, and the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), Thailand are jointly organizing the “ITU Workshop on Emergency Communications and Information Management” to be held at Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand, from 20th to 22nd February 2012. The event is significantly supported by Australian Government, Government of Japan, Government of the Republic of Korea.

This workshop is of great importance to countries suffering from disasters as emergency communications and information technology play a critical role in all phases of disaster management i.e. disaster preparedness, early warning, emergency response and disaster relief, and disaster recovery, by ensuring timely flow of information needed by government agencies and other humanitarian actors involved in rescue operations and by providing medical assistance to the injured.

The event is organized in response to the severe floods in Thailand in 2011, whereby the ITU, MICT, and NBTC are setting up a national working group with an aim to develop a National Emergency Communications and Information Management (NECIMP), which is a comprehensive and cross-cutting set of policies and strategies, regulations, processes and procedures for effective and efficient use of telecommunications and ICT. This workshop will, however, invite delegates from countries of the Asia-Pacific region so that they will benefit from expertise and experience as well as knowledge sharing by experts particularly from Australia, Japan, and the Republic of Korea.

 Key focuses of the workshop are:

  • National disaster management framework and emergency communication and information management framework in particular;
  • Telecommunications regulatory measures for effective emergency telecommunications;
  • Corporate emergency management framework and business continuity plan (BCP);
  • Telecommunications and ICT technologies and standards for disaster/emergency management;
  • ICT applications, inventory and management information system for disaster/emergency management;
  • Country practices, issues, challenges, and recommendations

Completed registration and hotel reservation forms (both available at the abovementioned website) should be returned to the email address indicated in the forms as soon as possible but not later than 15th February 2012. For further information, please contact Mr. Wisit Atipayakoon (wisit.atipayakoon@itu.int).
 

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AGENDA  

Monday 20 February 2012 (DAY 1)

08:00-09:00 Registration  
09:00-09:45 Opening Session  
  Dr. Eun-Ju Kim [Biodata]
Regional Director, ITU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
 
  • Welcome Remarks
Colonel Dr. Settapong Malisuwan [Biodata]
Vice Chairman, National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), Thailand
  H.E. Gp. Capt. Anudith Nakornthap [Biodata]
Minister of Information and Communication Technology (MICT), Thailand
09:45-10:00 Group Photo & Coffee break  
10:00-10:15 INTRODUCTION & MODUS OPERANDI
 
  • ITU and Emergency Telecommunications
    15 mins [presentation ]
Mr Wisit Atipayakoon [Biodata]
Telecommunications/ICT Specialist, ITU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
10:15-13:15 SESSION 1: POLICY AND REGULATORY FRAMEWORKS FOR DISASTER/EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
  This session will focus on national policy and legal frameworks for disaster/emergency management. It will also look into institutional arrangements, mandates, and importantly coordination and cooperation mechanism among government agencies, public organisations and private sector. It will also focus on telecommunications regulations which are necessary or useful for disaster/emergency management such as licensing obligations, frequency allocation for public protection and disaster relief, emergency telecommunications funds. Other key matters include what data and reports related to disaster management are required from telcos and ISPs on a regular basis and when in emergency; infrastructure sharing such as power backup; measures to ensure network and service continuity.
 
  • Australia's Emergency Management Arrangements
    60 mins [presentation ]
Ms Kerryn Lynette Vine-Camp [Biodata]
Assistant Secretary, Emergency Management Australia, Attorney General's Department
 
  • Communication System for Disaster Prevention/Management - Lessons from the Great East Japan Earthquake
    60 mins [presentation ]
Mr Toshiyuki Yokota [Biodata]
Director-General for International Affairs, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC), Government of Japan
  Prof. Seong Jong Choi [Biodata]
Professor, University of Seoul, Dept of Electrical and Computer Engineering
13:15-14:15 Lunch break  
14:15-15:15 Chief Superintendent Alistair Dawson APM [Biodata]
Queensland Police Service
15:15-16:15 SESSION 2: CORPORATE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT FRAMEWORK
  This session aims at sharing and learning about corporate frameworks to ensure network and service continuity during emergencies. It looks into structure and content of Business Continuity Plan (BCP) and any related procedures. Main objective of the session is to enhance knowledge and perspective among telcos and private sector organisations in improvement and/or development of their own frameworks through benchmarking and knowledge sharing.
 
  • Planning for Disaster - Managing for Success
    60 mins [presentation ]
Mr Rod Young [Biodata]
Emergency Response Manager, Major Incident Management, Telstra
16:15-16:30 Coffee break  
16:30-17:30
  • Disaster Information Management System with ICT
    60 mins [presentation ]
Mr Takeshi Nakamura [Biodata]
Manager, Homeland Security Group e-community Division, NTT Data Corporation, Japan
   
   

Tuesday 21 February 2012 (DAY 2)

09:00-11:00 SESSION 3A: EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGIES & STANDARDS
  The session invites public and private sectors to share and introduce technologies aiming at disaster/emergency management in both telecommunications and ICTs, and in all phases of disaster management i.e. disaster preparedness, early warning, disaster response and rescue, disaster recovery. Telecommunications technologies may include mobile communications, wireless terrestrial networks, government radio network, satellite communications, Internet, broadcasting, etc. In information technologies, subjects of interest may include inventory system, database management system, Management Information System (MIS) and Decision Supporting System (DSS) for disaster/emergency management.
 
  • Emergency Warning and Communication Networks Resilience
    60 mins [presentation]
Mr. John Cowan [Biodata]
National Network Manager, Radio and Emergency Managed Services, Telstra
 
  • Introduction to NEC's Disaster Management Solutions and Lessons Learned from the Great East Japan Earthquake
    60 mins [presentation ]
Mr. Susumu Tanaka [Biodata]
Chief Manager, Overseas Business Strategy Office, Social Infrastructure Solution Planning Division, NEC Corporation 
 
  • Q&A
 
11:00-11:15 Coffee break  
11:15-12:15
  • Broadband Mobile Communication for PPDR Applications - IEEE 802.16 GRIDMAN
    60 mins [presentation ]
Dr Sungcheol Chang [Biodata]
Principal Research Engineer, Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI), Republic of Korea
12:15-13:15 Lunch break  
13:15-15:15 SESSION 3B: EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGIES & STANDARDS
 
  • A New Concept of Disaster Information System and Refuge Institution using Telecentre Function
    60 mins [presentation ]
Mr Kazutaka Shimoosako [Biodata]
Manager, Business Development Section, Broadband Products Division, Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd.
 
  • Wireless Technologies Standards for Emergency Communications
    60 mins [presentation ]
Mr. Bharat Bhatia [Biodata]
Regional Director, Asia Pacific,
Motorola Solutions Singapore Pte Ltd.
 
  • Q&A
 
15:15-15:30 Coffee break  
   
   
   

Wednesday 22 February 2012 (DAY 3)

09:00-11:00 SESSION 5: METHODOLOGIES AND FRAMEWORKS FOR DATA AND LOSS ASSESSMENT
  This session looks into methodologies and frameworks for data and loss assessment in aftermath of disasters, both in telecommunications sector and cross-cutting sector. Key interests also are what data should be kept; how a recovery plan can be prepared from the assessment.
 
  • Lessons from the Thailand Floods Damage and Loss Assessment
    60 mins [presentation]
Mr Nokeo Ratanavong [Biodata]
Economic Affairs Officer, Information and Communications Technology and Disaster Risk Reduction Division, UN-ESCAP
 
  • DesInventar: Accounting Disaster Losses
    60 mins [presentation ]
Mr Sujit Mohanty [Biodata]
Senior Programme Officer, UN-ISDR
11:00-11:15 Coffee break  
11:15-12:15
  • Access to Satellite Imagery for Disaster Emergency Response: Lessons from South East Asia Floods 2011
    60 mins [presentation ]
Dr. Sanjay K. Srivastava [Biodata]
Regional Advisor for Disaster Risk Reduction, ICT & DRR Division, United Nations ESCAP
12:15-13:15 Lunch break  
13:15-15:45 SESSION 6: COUNTRY PRESENTATIONS
 
  • Bhutan Country Paper
    30 mins [presentation]
Mr Tshering Wangchuk
Asst. Program Officer, Dept. of Disaster Management, Ministry of Home & Cultural Affairs, Bhutan
  Mr Md. Olid Bin Asad
System Analyst, ICT Cell, Disaster Management & Relief Division,
Bangladesh
  Mr Sokha Chhy
Deputy Director-General, Ministry of Post and Telecommunications, Cambodia
  Mr Augusto Caesar Santos Lorenzo
Information Technology Officer, Information & Communications Technology Unit, National Disaster Risk Reduction & Management Council - Office of Civil Defense
  Mr Tran The Phuong
Official, Policy and Planning Division, Viet Nam Telecommunications Authority (VNTA)
15:45-16:00 Coffee break  
16:00-16:30 SESSION 7: SUMMARY AND CONCLUSION
   
   
16:30-17:00 CLOSING SESSION
  Dr Eun-Ju Kim, Regional Director, ITU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
  Dr Ajin Jirachiefpattana, Executive Director, International Affairs Bureau,
Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT), Thailand
   
 
AT A GLANCE  

Dates:
20th - 22nd Feb 2012

Registration Deadline:
15th Feb 2012

Location: Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok

Organised by: ITU, MICT, NBTC

Supported by: Australian Government, the Government of Japan, and the Government of Republic of Korea

Contact:
For detailed information, please contact

Mr. Wisit Atipayakoon
ITU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
Email: wisit.atipayakoon@itu.int

Target Audience:
  • Policy makers
  • Regulators
  • Administrators and officials dealing with disaster management, disaster risk reduction and emergency communications
  • Private sector and Industry
  • NGOs and civil society
     
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