It came out of the sky

‘Space weather’ such as solar flares can have a profound impact on both radio signals and critical national infrastructure. Originally published in the BAPCO Journal, this article features interviews with two experts from the Met Office (including its head of space weather) who explain the true significance of the aurora borealis

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A key topic of discussion for the UK public safety communications sector will always be ‘response’.

That is, the ways in which technology can be leveraged to improve both public safety, as well as the safety of those on the frontline. The ongoing development of the technology itself also falls within this discussion meanwhile, which nowadays invariably means broadband, drones, AI and so on.

Another key area which probably gets less coverage however is ‘resilience’ (or, the measures in place through which the technology is enabled and maintained). For example, radio networks will only continue to work if their base stations are protected from damage, for instance from natural disasters.

Regarding the latter, the most common difficulties, at least in the UK, are likely to be either chronically inclement weather or extreme heat. Indeed, this article was written during a lull between Storm Jocelyn and Storm Isha, the latter of which affected the supply of power to large parts of the UK.

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