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Published: Sep 03, 2014 1:30 PM EDT

MIAMI, Fla.- The U.S. Southern Command is showing off a variety of new equipment intended to improve communications during disaster relief and humanitarian assistance missions.
    
The command headquartered near Miami demonstrated some of its cutting-edge technology Wednesday.
    
Southcom oversees U.S. military operations in Central and South America and the Caribbean. Its duties often include responding to natural disasters such as hurricanes and earthquakes.
    
Some of the equipment on display provides clean water, renewable power and communications networks in emergencies. There is also advanced mapmaking technology, a high-bandwidth satellite communications system than can be set up in 30 minutes, mesh networks that substitute for an Internet connection and drones that can be used to inspect infrastructure and assess heavily damaged areas not accessible by vehicle or on foot.

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