Ottawa technology used in Chinese earthquake relief

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Some Ottawa-based technology is being used in the relief efforts following the deadly earthquake that struck China Sunday.

Leslie Klein is CEO of C-COM Satellite Systems.

Unisat, a major Chinese satellite supplier, and its customer China Mobile have deployed a number of iNetVu mobile antennas, developed by Ottawa’s C-COM Satellite Systems, in order to re-establish cellular communications and provide emergency services.

Unisat has been working with C-COM for more than eight years and says many of the company’s products are used for emergency and disaster management.

Unisat president and CEO Jian Liu said his company deployed many iNetVu antennas during the last major earthquake in 2008.

“All of the systems which were deployed during the 2008 earthquake are still working today without the need of any replacement parts,” Mr. Liu said in a statement. “We expect to sell many more units to both existing and new customers in China."

"We are pleased to be able to work with Unisat and be able to provide them with technology that, with the simple press of a button, can restore cellular communications and deliver life-saving services to a disaster zone." said C-COM president and CEO Leslie Klein in a statement.

The 6.1-magnitude quake struck in the southwestern Yunnan province. The death toll had reached 589 by Wednesday with nine people still missing.

Organizations: China Mobile, C-COM Satellite Systems

Geographic location: Ottawa, China, Southwestern Yunnan

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