Geneva, Switzerland: After pilot projects in Chad, Sudan and Uganda, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) rolled out a satellite tracking system for its vehicles to improve staff safety through real time monitoring of movements.
The tracking technology – piloted by UNHCR’s Division of Emergency, Security and Supply (DESS) – will also help the agency improve fleet efficiency while reducing the environmental impact. It will cut fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions, monitor driver performance and improve vehicle maintenance.
DESS, in collaboration with the Division of Information Systems and Telecoms and with the support of technical staff in the field, has already installed tracking devices in 60 vehicles in the Chad, Sudan and Uganda operations. This pilot was part of the HUMA-NAV initiative launched in 2009 and entirely sponsored by the Centre National d’Études Spatiales, France’s space agency.