Welcome!

Weblogic Authors: Yeshim Deniz, Elizabeth White, Michael Meiner, Michael Bushong, Avi Rosenthal

Related Topics: Mobile IoT

Mobile IoT: Article

Intel Pledges 1500 PCs, Wireless Support in Wake of Katrina

Working with Red Cross to Provide Communications Solutions and Support

Intel Corporation is coordinating the donation of 1,500 laptop personal computers to the American Red Cross for distribution to shelters in support of Hurricane Katrina disaster relief efforts. In addition, Intel will donate 150 wireless Internet access points and 50 Tropos mesh radios to be deployed at the New Orleans Airport and in downtown New Orleans for Federal Emergency Management Agency, New Orleans government and citizen use. Intel employees will provide on-site technical assistance to ensure the success of all technical deployments.

The PCs will be configured by Intel and its partners according to Red Cross requirements to allow shelters to exchange important information with the organization’s headquarters regarding victim status, resource needs and case management. The systems, along with broadband access, will also provide thousands of hurricane victims with a means of communicating with relatives, contacting social services and accessing information important to their relocation.


Intel's Paul Otellini

“The catastrophic situation created by Hurricane Katrina is unprecedented in this nation,” said Intel President and CEO Paul Otellini. “Intel and our employees are compelled to help the thousands who have been affected by this tragedy by offering our technical expertise and resources to assist with this critical phase of the recovery efforts.”

Intel is donating some of its own systems and is pooling donations from such original equipment manufacturers as Dell and IBM to distribute over the weekend. The equipment will be up and running early next week.

Communications problems have been a major challenge in coordinating disaster recovery, rescue and care efforts. The Red Cross will distribute the donated access points to areas in need of wireless broadband communications. Intel and SBC Communications are assessing connectivity conditions at Red Cross shelters in the region. Wherever possible they will enable these locations with either DSL or T-1 broadband access. In locations where landline access is not possible, Intel and SBC will deploy equipment to ensure that all shelters have broadband Internet access. Intel is paying for 50 Tropos mesh radios (provided at 50% of cost) directed to SkyTel that will deployed at the New Orleans Airport and downtown New Orleans for Federal Emergency Management Agency, New Orleans government and citizen access.

Intel employees have already mobilized to aid in relief efforts and are being granted paid leave for on-the-ground assistance in Louisiana and along the Gulf Coast. Fundraising events at Intel sites including those in Santa Clara, Cal.; Hudson, Mass.; and Portland, Ore. have been organized. Intel has also embedded a team at Red Cross headquarters in Washington, D.C.

In addition to Intel’s technical and equipment contributions, the Intel Foundation earlier this week pledged $1 million in financial support to the Red Cross. Intel will also match any employee contribution to the Red Cross or other 501(c)3 charitable organization providing disaster assistance through the end of September.

“So far, employee response has been swift and generous, with nearly 2,000 employees contributing over the past two days,” said Tracy Koon, director of Intel corporate affairs.

More Stories By Wireless News Desk

WBT News Desk brings you all the latest and greatest news from the world of wireless business and technology, including breaking news, technical articles and feature stories written by the world's leading experts of mBusiness.

Comments (1) View Comments

Share your thoughts on this story.

Add your comment
You must be signed in to add a comment. Sign-in | Register

In accordance with our Comment Policy, we encourage comments that are on topic, relevant and to-the-point. We will remove comments that include profanity, personal attacks, racial slurs, threats of violence, or other inappropriate material that violates our Terms and Conditions, and will block users who make repeated violations. We ask all readers to expect diversity of opinion and to treat one another with dignity and respect.


Most Recent Comments
WBT News Desk 09/03/05 01:29:38 PM EDT

PCs will be configured by Intel and its partners according to Red Cross requirements to allow shelters to exchange important information with the organization?s headquarters regarding victim status, resource needs and case management. The systems, along with broadband access, will also provide thousands of hurricane victims with a means of communicating with relatives, contacting social services and accessing information important to their relocation.

IoT & Smart Cities Stories
@DevOpsSummit at Cloud Expo, taking place November 12-13 in New York City, NY, is co-located with 22nd international CloudEXPO | first international DXWorldEXPO and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. The widespread success of cloud computing is driving the DevOps revolution in enterprise IT. Now as never before, development teams must communicate and collaborate in a dynamic, 24/7/365 environment. There is no time t...
Headquartered in Plainsboro, NJ, Synametrics Technologies has provided IT professionals and computer systems developers since 1997. Based on the success of their initial product offerings (WinSQL and DeltaCopy), the company continues to create and hone innovative products that help its customers get more from their computer applications, databases and infrastructure. To date, over one million users around the world have chosen Synametrics solutions to help power their accelerated business or per...
DXWordEXPO New York 2018, colocated with CloudEXPO New York 2018 will be held November 11-13, 2018, in New York City and will bring together Cloud Computing, FinTech and Blockchain, Digital Transformation, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps, AI, Machine Learning and WebRTC to one location.
When talking IoT we often focus on the devices, the sensors, the hardware itself. The new smart appliances, the new smart or self-driving cars (which are amalgamations of many ‘things'). When we are looking at the world of IoT, we should take a step back, look at the big picture. What value are these devices providing. IoT is not about the devices, its about the data consumed and generated. The devices are tools, mechanisms, conduits. This paper discusses the considerations when dealing with the...
Charles Araujo is an industry analyst, internationally recognized authority on the Digital Enterprise and author of The Quantum Age of IT: Why Everything You Know About IT is About to Change. As Principal Analyst with Intellyx, he writes, speaks and advises organizations on how to navigate through this time of disruption. He is also the founder of The Institute for Digital Transformation and a sought after keynote speaker. He has been a regular contributor to both InformationWeek and CIO Insight...
IoT is rapidly becoming mainstream as more and more investments are made into the platforms and technology. As this movement continues to expand and gain momentum it creates a massive wall of noise that can be difficult to sift through. Unfortunately, this inevitably makes IoT less approachable for people to get started with and can hamper efforts to integrate this key technology into your own portfolio. There are so many connected products already in place today with many hundreds more on the h...
SYS-CON Events announced today that IoT Global Network has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's @ThingsExpo, which will take place on June 6–8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. The IoT Global Network is a platform where you can connect with industry experts and network across the IoT community to build the successful IoT business of the future.
CloudEXPO New York 2018, colocated with DXWorldEXPO New York 2018 will be held November 11-13, 2018, in New York City and will bring together Cloud Computing, FinTech and Blockchain, Digital Transformation, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps, AI, Machine Learning and WebRTC to one location.
Andrew Keys is Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise. He comes to ConsenSys Enterprise with capital markets, technology and entrepreneurial experience. Previously, he worked for UBS investment bank in equities analysis. Later, he was responsible for the creation and distribution of life settlement products to hedge funds and investment banks. After, he co-founded a revenue cycle management company where he learned about Bitcoin and eventually Ethereal. Andrew's role at ConsenSys Enterprise is a mul...
DXWorldEXPO | CloudEXPO are the world's most influential, independent events where Cloud Computing was coined and where technology buyers and vendors meet to experience and discuss the big picture of Digital Transformation and all of the strategies, tactics, and tools they need to realize their goals. Sponsors of DXWorldEXPO | CloudEXPO benefit from unmatched branding, profile building and lead generation opportunities.