The UWI-SRC receives communications boost from Digicel

The UWI St. Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago. Friday, April 16, 2021. — Field Scientists at The UWI Seismic Research Centre (UWI-SRC) / Montserrat Volcano Observatory based in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines now have the benefit of an LTE modem courtesy Digicel.

Last weekend, the scientists who are currently monitoring the eruption of the La Soufrière volcano received the equipment from Digicel representatives in Saint Vincent.

The modem was provided for use at the Belmont Observatory in Saint Vincent which is the established forward base for scientific observation during the ongoing crisis. LTE modems use cellular technology which has become increasingly robust during natural hazard impacts. This equipment will provide an additional layer of redundancy for communications at the Observatory, ensuring internet connectivity is maintained if the primary wired network is compromised in any way.

Expressing gratitude on behalf of UWI-SRC, Education and Outreach Manager, Ms Stacey Edwards noted, “Communication is very important in these hazardous conditions and backup systems are always necessary, especially when so much is at stake. The UWI Seismic Research Centre Team is grateful to the Digicel Group for their generous contribution and support to the people of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines”.