Taiwan: Tawain’s Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) in collaboration with Ushahidi development team developed OpenGeoSMS plug-in. It is now available on the Ushahidi platform.
Kuo-Yu slayer Chuang from the ITRI explained on the Ushahidi blog, “On the reporting side, a smart phone user could do incident report on official Ushahidi app via Internet or SMS, which is geo-tagged Open GeoSMS. The administrator of Ushahidi Server can enable Open GeoSMS plug-in to parse the in-coming SMS for knowing if it is a regular SMS or a geo-tagged Open GeoSMS. Our Open GeoSMS plug-in also works with SMSSync and FrontlineSMS plug-in, you may enable those two plug-ins for receiving SMS from your mobile phone, sync with specified Ushahidi server, and those geo-tagged Open GeoSMS will be pinned down with its location on map.”
He added, “This Open GeoSMS plug-in enhances the automation for incident report and leverage the advantage of smart phones even they couldn’t connect to Internet. For the International Standby Task Force for disaster responses, we believe that they have better chance to have smart mobile device and can do the reliable reports. It’s quite expensive to enable roaming data plan, but SMS feature will be ready for use with less concerns. That’s also one of the major reasons for us to provide Open GeoSMS features on both Ushahidi server and app. Of course, source code was up-streamed and can be found on the Ushahidi community page.”