CapRock Provides Disaster Recovery Communications for BHP Billiton

CapRock Communications reports that BHP Billiton has taken a proactive measure to prepare for hurricane season by selecting CapRock's disaster recovery solution for its back-up communications system. The company will use the CapRock DR-250 communications package as a stand-by system at their shorebases for Gulf of Mexico operations, ready to be turned on if and when traditional communications infrastructure is damaged or unavailable.

"For us, the uninterrupted operation of our shorebases is essential. Our staff at these facilities handle the dispatch of people, supplies, and when necessary, coordinate the evacuation of our rigs. Maintaining communications at our shorebases during and immediately after a disaster is imperative for the operation of our business and the safety of our crews," said Lynn Timmons, Logistics Team Lead for BHP Billiton Petroleum (Americas) Inc. "We have had a long relationship with CapRock, and their disaster recovery program was a good fit for us."

CapRock's DR-250 package is a transportable self-contained business communications kit, complete with satellite based telephone, fax and broadband Internet access, and includes all the equipment needed to immediately set up a remote satellite communications connection. The service ensures that, in the event of a storm or other disaster, the system is ready and waiting to re- establish communications, wherever the customer needs it. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

"During hurricane season, businesses with mission critical operations must be prepared if and when a storm hits a key office or remote site," said David Myers, Vice President of Marketing and Product Management for CapRock. "We created the DR-250 satellite service so that companies such as BHP Billiton can focus on what's most important following a disaster -- making sure their employees are safe and getting their businesses back up and running."