Government of Mendoza Commissions Level 3 for Services to Monitor Volcanic Activity at the Base of the Peteroa Volcano
Nov 25, 2013
BUENOS AIRES, Nov. 25, 2013 – Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) today announced that it is providing communications services to a monitoring station at the base of the Peteroa Volcano as commissioned by the Government of Mendoza.
The services include high-speed Internet connections and telephony to the Gendarmería Nacional (Argentine National Gendarmerie) and to the National Atomic Energy Commission (CNEA). This is a high-impact communications solution, part of over 500 points of service, that the company has in the province of Mendoza, including satellite antennas, fiber and radio links.
These new services support the first monitoring station in Latin America deployed in an active volcano, which enables volcanic activity monitoring in addition to a weather station.
“In recent years, the Government of Mendoza, in tandem with the CNEA, has been working to improve the monitoring of the Peteroa Volcano on an ongoing basis in order to minimize any local damage during potential eruptions. As a result, the “Peteroa 2013 Campaign” was launched, and Level 3’s infrastructure and services helped initiate a breakthrough in the implementation of efficient data detection and transmission from the Multiparametric Station, located on the base of the Planchón-Peteroa Volcanic Complex,” said Engineer Juan Martin Wiens, Computing and Communications Director for the Government of Mendoza.
“The request, made by the province’s government, offered a great challenge for us. In less than 40 days, we were able to install communications services equipment in a rugged environment that will provide efficient, critical connectivity and communication for the facility,” said Luis Píccolo, Level 3’s Vice-President of Sales for Argentina, Chile and Peru. “The new communications services will greatly improve the monitoring capabilities at this facility and demonstrate Level 3’s continued commitment to developing resilient and efficient communications infrastructure. We are very proud to contribute to Mendoza’s growth.”
The Peteroa is an active volcano of 4,084 meters (13,474ft), located along the border of Argentina and Chile. It is part of an interconnected volcano complex with other regional volcanoes such as Planchón and Azufre. The first activity was registered in 1660, including some catastrophic events. In 1751 there was a great eruption and a similar event took place in 1762, which destroyed a great central cone inside the caldera, causing an opening towards the Chilean area.
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