Mobile Hastily Formed Network Interoperability-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

Vehicle Lot Demo - Cisco/NPS Demo: Mobile Hastily Formed Network Interoperability

Sunday & Monday, 8:00 - 4:00

Brian Steckler, Director, Hastily Formed Networks Center, Naval Postgraduate School

Summary: During the DMI Event, the combined Team will demonstrate the Cisco NERV emergency response vehicle equipped with VSAT and Mesh wireless technologies to show a rapidly deployable network based on a NIMS Type II Mobile Communications Center. A separate personally owned vehicle (POV) - the LERV or "Lexus Emergency Response Vehicle" will be equipped with an On The Move (OTM) BGAN data terminal that allows for continuous satellite data access at up to 70 miles per hour at up to 492 Kbps. Both the NERV and the LERV will be equipped with connectivity to the Cisco TacOps Dynamic Multipoint VPN (DMVPN) network, enabling secure communications between the two vehicles. The LERV will be equipped with a fixed Cisco 2500-series IP which will be incorporated into the Cisco Video Surveillance Manager (VSM), enabling users on the NERV to see live video from the LERV as it drives around the campus in real-time.

About the Speakers: Mr. Brian Steckler is the Director of the Hastily Formed Networks (HFN) Center at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey California, is on the faculty of the Information Sciences Department. He has over 34 years of experience in Navy communications including 10 years of experience in managing the interoperability of communications at the government inter-agency level, and another 7 years in the private sector as founder of a wired/wireless Internet Service Provider (ISP and W-ISP). He completed a 20 year career in the U.S. Navy in 1995, serving in both officer and enlisted ranks. He is now a world-class and U.S. Department of Defense recognized expert in rapid and mobile wireless network deployment and vulnerability assessment technologies, information & communication technologies (ICT) applications for complex humanitarian disasters. In the past several years he has led teams of NPS faculty/students and industry partners deploying wireless communications to the Andaman Coast of Thailand a few days after the Dec 2004 SE Asia tsunami, led a much larger team of NPS faculty/students and industry partners to wirelessly enable Bay St Louis and Waveland Mississippi for 5 weeks during the Hurricane Katrina aftermath, and led another large team on a set of three HA/DR HFN missions in support of the U.S. Government response to the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti.

Other Participants: LCDR Oscar Antillon, US Navy (NPS masters student); LT Andy Bell, US Navy (NPS masters student); Capt Mark Morris, US Marine Corps (NPS masters student); LT Greg Gabriel, US Navy (NPS masters student); Mr. Jonathan Reedy (NPS staff); LT Christopher Schrock, US Navy (NPS masters student). All affiliated with Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey CA USA

Cisco Participants:
Rakesh Bharania, Network Consulting Engineer, Cisco Tactical Operations
Rakesh Bharania is a Network Consulting Engineer with Cisco Systems Tactical Operations, is responsible for the design and implementation of emergency networks to support first responders, government, and critical infrastructure restoration. He has over nineteen years of field experience responding to disasters throughout the world, and acts as a Cisco representative to several industry and international forums on disaster relief and resiliency including the FEMA National Emergency Technology Guard (NETGUARD) program, the United Nations Working Group on Emergency Telecommunications (UN WGET) and the US State Department ACICIP International Disaster Response Sub-Committee.

Rob Kelly, Operations Coordinator, Cisco Tactical Operations
Rob Kelly is an Operations Coordinator with Cisco Systems Tactical Operations. As a Project Manager and Operations Coordinator, Rob is responsible for assessing emergency requests, prioritizing and launching incident responses. When deployed, he serves as the operational lead to the teams in disaster-zones while they provide critical communications and networking capabilities. In support of the 2010 Haiti earthquake, Rob lead emergency response teams into Port au Prince. He contributes to drills and exercises both internally and externally to continually improve the teams’ capabilities as well as helping to communicate that the “network” is no longer a luxury, but an expectation to support critical communications in a crisis.

Catherine Blackadar Nelson, Network Consulting Engineer, Cisco Tactical Operations
Catherine Blackadar Nelson has a B.A. in computer science specializing in Security, Internet Technologies, and Communications. She has over 20 years experience in emergency response and has been part many responses including Hurricane Katrina, San Diego Fires, Hurricane Ike, Santa Clara Co. Fiber outage, Haiti and the San Bruno Explosion.
Currently Catherine is an engineer on the Cisco Tactical Operations team which specializes in providing disaster and mobile communications during the critical phase of an emergency. She provides engineering expertise, logistical support, responder training and is the primary developer of incident tracking and disaster management tools for the TacOps Command Center. She has a patent pending for Security Risk Modeling, is a private pilot, HAM radio operator, and a member of the Cisco Emergency Medical Response Team.