Skyriver Communications Network Fully Functional During Southern California Wildfires; Company Aids In Recovery And Response Efforts.
San Diego, November 5, 2007
-- As wildfires raged throughout Southern California, Skyriver Communications' Fixed Wireless Broadband communications network continued to operate without interruption. The seamless operation of the Company's network was nothing short of remarkable considering that large portions of Skyriver's network are located in some of the hardest hit areas of San Diego County. While other communications infrastructure, including cellular and telephone lines, were significantly impacted during this crisis, Skyriver maintained 100% network uptime and provided uninterrupted access to critical communications services throughout the firestorm to its customers.
Brad Slavin, Skyriver's VP of Engineering and Network Operations stated, "The fact that our network survived these tremendous fires without a single network outage is a true testament to the carrier-grade engineering approach we have implemented. We have full redundancy at each of our sites, ensuring that our customers have seamless connectivity through even the worst of natural disasters."
The fires that raged throughout San Diego County and many other areas of Southern California destroyed thousands of homes and business and displaced hundreds of thousands for extended periods. Skyriver's own corporate office had to be evacuated for a number of days as it was located in the path of one of the main fires, the Witch Creek Fire. Nearly half of Skyriver's employees had to evacuate their own homes, many experiencing close calls with devastating personal lose. As the entire community responded to calls for aid and assistance during this crisis, Skyriver did its part by responding immediately to address the communications infrastructure at some of San Diego County's primary evacuation centers. Skyriver delivered temporary high-speed broadband data connections to evacuation sites including the Del Mar Fairgrounds and Racetrack, where it set up public WiFi networks to allow evacuees access to critical information updates and Internet access. Aaron Ezrilov, General Manager of Enterprise Sales and WiFi Hospitality stated, "We felt compelled to provide some form of normalcy to the many displaced San Diegan's during this time of great uncertainty. In a technology driven community, the loss of Internet capability and email communication prompted us to take action."
The Del Mar Racetrack accommodated thousands of displaced residents and served as the primary evacuation center for families with animals and pets. Ron Rogers, IT Manager for the Del Mar Racetrack, had the following praise for Skyriver: "Skyriver's offer to provide data connectivity for the Del Mar Racetrack and its evacuees shows the true community spirit that prevailed throughout these terrible fires. They were able to get the services up and running in a matter of hours, under difficult circumstances. The services they provided were a godsend for evacuees who were desperately seeking information on the developing situation."
In addition to its response at evacuation centers throughout the County, Skyriver also deployed and managed the data communications links used by the White House at MCAS Miramar during President Bush's visit to tour the affected areas throughout San Diego. Greg Pitts, Director of the White House Travel Office remarked, "Skyriver was the only provider we were able to find that was able to meet the secure and time sensitive data needs of the White House during the President's visit to San Diego. Their rapid response and deployment speaks volumes to their flexibility in providing critical communications services. Skyriver's work helped make the President's trip to California a success and on behalf of the White House Travel Office we sincerely thank them for their hard work."
About Skyriver Communications
Headquartered in San Diego CA, Skyriver Communications is an innovative Internet services provider offering a complete set of converged communication solutions to the enterprise, small-medium business, and hospitality markets. Through its trusted and reliable wireless broadband, hotspot, business continuity, IT services, and ISP offerings, Skyriver is uniquely qualified to meet the full spectrum of mission critical connectivity, implementation and support needs of today's fast paced communications environment. For more information about Skyriver Communications, please visit www.skyriver.net
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