Chicago Network Disaster Recovery Exercise in 360 Degrees

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AT&T’s Network Disaster Recovery held a training session at Chicago’s Soldier field to “rehearse” network disasters.

In the span of one week, our AT&T Network Disaster Recovery (NDR) team worked to create, test, and break down a working technology compound in an empty parking lot at Chicago’s Soldier Field.

The NDR team manages disaster events using an Incident Command System (ICS) that breaks up the responsibilities into different roles or sectors. Depending on the severity of a situation, it may take a handful of people, dozens, or more.

In Chicago, we had over 50 people working at this exercise—NDR volunteers and full-time staff each fulfilling different roles. This team holds multiple “dress rehearsals” every year to prepare for disasters– something we’ve done for 23 years in various locations across the U.S., Canada, and Europe.

Watching 360 Video

This is a 360-degree video, often referred to as virtual reality video, for the best experience, follow the options below.

  • Option 1 - For the most immersive experience, get a VR headset. An online search will turn up cardboard headsets that cost only a few dollars, and other more sophisticated models. The headset maker will have directions for watching 360-degree videos on their products.
  • Option 2 - On a computer: open a browser window and use your mouse to move to the left and right, and up and down. You’ll be able to see what’s going on above, below, and all around you.
  • Option 3 - On a smartphone: Many smartphones and smartphone apps use the phone’s sensors to control where you’re looking as a VR video plays. So just start up the video and move your phone around!