It was earlier this year that a cold spell struck Texas. As a result, the state’s independent electrical failed, making it hard for most people to use mobile phones to access the internet and follow up on the latest developments about the cold snap. The occurrence has led Verizon Communications Inc (NYSE: VZ) to make a few changes to the Tactical Humanitarian Operations Response (THOR) vehicle.
Changes in weather patterns causing carriers to make changes
Global warming resulting from factory emissions globally and other factors continues to be a subject of discussion. Climate change is real, causing what humans know as once-in-a-lifetime weather events a relatively frequent phenomenon. Most carriers worldwide have started adapting, and Verizon leads the way in this regard with its Tactical Humanitarian Operations Response (THOR) vehicle.
Verizon Communications Inc (NYSE: VZ) introduced a few modifications to a Ford F650 truck to come up with the carrier-built THOR. It is meant to help the first-responders and the military deal more effectively with all situations ranging from wildfires to hurricanes. The prototype’s design borrowed heavily from Pentagon’s NavalX and the SoCal TechBridge.
First-responders and military personnel benefit from changes
The new design will serve the first-responders and military personnel quite well, considering the outstanding connectivity they will enjoy. It will also pull along with a tethered drone to facilitate search and rescue operations. The other thing will be the collection of information on a disaster.
Analysts state that it isn’t the first time they are getting to witness a U.S. carrier undertake such a move, citing the move by AT&T Inc (NYSE: T) in 2019. Then, the company introduced its 55-foot aerostat known as the FirstNetOne. It was an advanced creation with the capacity to float above disaster sites making matters easier for the first responders through offering them wireless communication.