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Ready, Respond, Recover, Rebuild Crisis Management Strategies Presented at Operation Convergent Response (OCR)

Last year, I was fortunate to attend Operation Convergent Response (OCR) 2019 in Perry, Georgia. Through six realistic crisis scenarios, OCR demonstrated how various technology tools are used in high-pressure, real-life situations such as wildfires, city and airport emergencies and terror attacks. Co-hosted by Nokia and Verizon, the annual event allows attendees to witness how the latest technologies are being used to respond to disaster scenarios. During the event, Nokia deployed two live commercial 5G NR systems and an Airborne LTE Cell. This powerful 5G technology helped Verizon and technology partners create a realible network and run predictive analytics, artificial intelligence, and machine learning applications on-site while emergency effort demonstrations were happening.

5G Disaster Response Applications: Nokia and Verizon Help First Responders Communicate

Our research shows that 4G to 5G is an enabler for public safety. For example, with 5G, we can quickly transport enormous amounts of video footage for responders to communicate device-to-device and device-to-network. What results is expedited communication from device-to-device which then enters back into the network. We can then present bird’s eye view via an integrated operation center where first responders have a clear view of everything that's happening. The partnership between Nokia and Verizon, ultimately, works to save lives quickly and efficiently. Using 5G technology, we employ situational awareness, operate low latency rescue mission drones and other robotic systems, expedite applications, and then implement rebuild technologically sophisticated strategies.


Nokia award-winning airborne small cell LTE technology provided communications to first responders and firefighters during a simulated wildfire scenario at OCR 2019.

Proof is in the Technology and the Preparation

With all that 5G offers, public safety professionals can prepare for emergency events and try to anticipate many disasters before they happen. For example, Nokia’s technology empowers Verizon to spin up applications up into a specific geography and where it is much easier to pinpoint. Resources are then freed up for something else within the network. Nokia truly understands what first responders and those in the public safety industry need and this is clearly embedded in our end-to-end holistic solutions.


OCR 2019 attendees witnessed Nokia’s live 5G network support the latest innovations and advancements in crisis-response technologies used to help first responders save lives.

Learn more about how Nokia is transforming broadband communications to ensure public safety in this fascinating video about Operation Convergent Response:

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Basil Marsh

About Basil Marsh

Basil Marsh is Head of Technology and Strategy, Verizon Customer Business Team, overseeing Nokia’s support for Verizon end-to-end global network architecture. In his 30 years with the company, Basil held a variety of strategic positions, including Chief Technology Officer, driving sales growth in Enterprise for Nokia’s Americas Region. In his spare time, a proud Canadian, Basil is an avid hockey player (old-timers now) and has coached hockey for 20+ years. He is a husband and a great dad to two spectacular children.

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