[extropy-chat] Worldwide SOS system

Eugen Leitl eugen at leitl.org
Wed Oct 5 18:30:22 UTC 2005

On Wed, Oct 05, 2005 at 07:33:42PM +0200, Amara Graps wrote:

> FWIW: my European/US mobile phone has no field on Molokai. I can tell
> you of a few more islands with spotty mobile connections too (most of
> the Eolian islands, and Sicily, for example). Interestingly, The western
> Greek islands seem to be well-covered.

There's lots of holes, especially with 3G (which is all holes, basically).
> You might be surprised to know too, that 50 km from Rome, the mobile
> field works very badly, while in the countryside of the Baltic
> states, the signal is strong and clear.

If we look at http://www.outfittersatellite.com/thuraya.htm or
http://www.outfittersatellite.com/iridium.htm then some of them
already have GPS built-in (if they don't, a simple Bluetooth
GPS module can be queried by a phone application), and have
solar rechargers as accessoires.

Of course, one shouldn't rely on just technology, but
have back up and fallback plans to low-technology (navigation
and ability to survive in the wild).

Eugen* Leitl <a href="http://leitl.org">leitl</a>
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