|An image of the Starlink train from Space.com
Northern Health has recently installed receivers at health care
facilities across the Northwest to access the internet from the service
The Information Technology department of Northern Health is in the process of adding an additional layer of protection towards their access to the Internet.
That as the Health Services provider for the region outlines how they have added the Starlink Satellite Internet Service to their facilities across the Northwest and on into the rest their health care facilities.
The move to the additional service provider comes following a number of recent incidents when unexpected outages caused by wildfires, or other weather related incidents left the Northern Health IT service disrupted in recent years."Installing this technology will help reduce risk by improving the resiliency of our network to make sure services stay available in the event of wildfire or other disaster,” -- James Uhrich, Director of Technology and Information Security, Northern Health.
|The Northwest section of the Global Starlink Coverage map
(image from Space.com)
As Northern Health notes, the project of creating the additional link has been a challenging one, a process which began over the summer.
The project to deploy this technology on which is considered a big endeavour. With a team of Northern Health network analysts working with a contractor for the on-site installation.
The project launched on July 11th, as a group of Northern Health IT staff (from the network, application and project management teams) worked remotely late into the night for 10 nights to implement the service and stay ahead of the wildfire risk in that area.
At the same time, a team of two or three travelled to each community, with the rest of the team meeting virtually to complete the installation.
|Jean-Paul Verleyen, a Network analyst with Northern Health
with some of the Starlink satellite project equipment
(image from NH)
“The team would install, verify the installation, and confirm with the site leaders that everything worked before moving on to the next site. The process was not without its hiccups, we had to go back to one site, but overall, it was successful,” -- James Uhrich, Director of Technology and Information Security, Northern Health.