Japan Aerospace Exploration Agencys

The Training through Disaster Drill of Kanto block DMAT

Experiment Date

September 21,2013

Experiment Agency

National Disaster Medical Center(DMC)

Location of Experiment

JMSDF Atsugi Air Base (Ayase City, Kanagawa Prefecture)
Tokai University Hospital (Isehara City, Kanagawa Prefecture)
JAXA Tsukuba Space Center: Internet Gateway Station

Outline of Experiment

JAXA and DMC make progress on their goal towards securing an Internet communication for the wide-area medical transportation at an early stage of the large-scale disaster outbreak such as a major earthquake or tsunami etc. Therefore, they carried out a training through Disaster Drill of Kanto block DMAT so that DMAT members may operate the “Kizuna” earth stations by themselves.

Result of Experiment

◆Training for Installation and Operation of “Kizuna” earth stations
  DMAT members performed a training for installation and operation of Portable USAT at JMSDF Atsugi Air Base and Portable VSAT at Tokai University Hospital.
  Earth stations were transported by the DMAT member from the Tsukuba Space Center by vehicles. After its installation and the satellite link establishment, an Internet connection was established through the Internet gateway (JAXA Tsukuba Space Center).
  Through this training, it was confirmed that DMAT members could perform “Kizuna” earth station installation and operation by themselves.
  DMAT members made a comment that they could mastered an installation and operation, and they want to build up their skill needed for emergency response.

Installing Portable USAT

Installing Portable VSAT

◆Utilization of WebEX & EMIS service via “Kizuna”
  The JMSDF Atsugi Air Base and the Tokai University Hospital were connected to the Internet through the "Kizuna" communication line, and DMAT members performed information sharing and coordination about medical transportation between sites by using CISCO WebEX (Internet teleconference system). Also, DMAT members connected to EMIS* using “Kizuna”, input information of stricken patients and coordinated an acceptance situation among hospitals and patients who need emergent medical care. As a result, the advantage of “Kizuna” communication line for medical evacuation was confirmed.
  As the result of hearing survey, users made a comment that the speed of “Kizuna” communications was so fast and CISCO WebEX was comfortable.

*NOTE EMIS: Emergency Medical Information System
This system aims to share information on the disaster medical care including the operation status of the medical institution beyond prefecture border, and to collect and provide various information related to quick and proper medical care and relief in a stricken area.

EMIS connection scene

WebEX connection scene