Global Relief Technologies, Norway, will supply an end-to-end solution combining handheld Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) survey applications for field workers, GIS mapping imagery and near real-time GPS tracking with a web-based information management center, or Virtual Network Operations Center (VNOC) for data hosting, analysis and reporting.
Telenor Satellite Services of Norway will offer its services to allow this data to be transmitted to and from the PDA via mobile satellite terminals.
Additionally, International Medical Corps (IMC) has deployed mobile satellite terminals from Telenor and PDAs to assist a team of health care workers in Aceh, Indonesia, who are responding to the tsunami disaster. The satellite terminals will be supported by the necessary communications software package from Global Relief Technologies (GRT) with a view to quickly coordinate relief and recovery operations.
In coordination with local partners and agencies, the IMC is conducting mobile clinics with outreach to affected populations; securing supplies of clean drinking water; distributing hygiene, sanitation kits and food; providing psychosocial counseling and support to individuals and families as well as providing generators for temporary shelters and health posts/facilities and providing body bags to search and rescue teams.
Workers both in the field and at headquarters intend to use this technology to access, edit and monitor detailed maps, tables, pictures and graphics via a password-protected page on the internet. They will also be able to assign longitudinal and latitudinal coordinates to all locations from which they report; GIS spatial imagery, which provides a mapping “overlay” of all data collected onto updated maps of a particular locale down to street level detail; and the ability to indicate a need for Evacuation, with precise coordinates, if a compromised security situation should arise.
IMC will also exploit GRT technology to measure the effectiveness of its pilot health education program of 2004 aimed at improving health among rural Afghans.