Crawford & Company Catastrophe Services (CAT) said it usedHurricane Dennis to successfully test its newest weaponry for useat disaster sites without power and telephones==a satellite truckwith 10 to 15 wireless voice lines and more than 250 wirelessInternet connections.

Bud Trice, vice president and head of Crawford's CAT Servicessaid the truck, one of 28 that will now go into use, was driven 400miles from Atlanta to Pensacola, Fla. to process claims in the arearavaged by Hurricane Dennis.

He said the truck crew consists of one satellitetechnician/driver, and looks like "a panel truck on steroids" witha satellite dish on top that's "so big you could sleep in it." Thesatellite provides a stable source of power and wirelesscommunications to Crawford's field units and adjusters.

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