When it was Texas earlier this year, and the independent state power grid collapsed, many people access the Internet and get information about the evolving situation. Climate change is increasingly making those species that have happened once in a lifetime and forcing carriers to adapt.
On Tuesday, Verizon (the parent company of Engadget) presented Tactical Humanitarian Operations Vehicle (THOR). The carrier was built by THOR using a modified Ford F650 truck. The front of the vehicle has driver’s seats and five passengers, while the “command center” you see in the rear has room for three people. THOR can bring a 5G and satellite connection to an area where a natural disaster may have cut off access to the network or there was no connection at all.
Verizon predicts THOR helping the first to respond and the military “under almost any conditions,” whether it’s fires in California or after a hurricane in Florida, are just some of the examples. The company developed the prototype with the help of the Pentagon’s NavalX and SoCal TechBridge. In addition to connecting first responders and military personnel, it also comes with a moored drone that can be used for search and rescue operations and to collect disaster information.
This is not the first time we have seen the American carrier launch such an initiative. Back in 2019, AT&T proved itself , A 55-foot balloon, which the carrier said could float above the crash site and provide wireless communication to the first responders.
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