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UNL and HERE collaborate to power location technology-driven shift to a new normal

UNL, a global smart addressing platform and HERE Technologies, a global leader in mapping and location platform services have joined forces to fuel the ongoing fight against COVID-19 and power technology-driven shift to a new normal through location-based technology and services as part of their initiative under the Human Unlimited #tech4good foundation.

Under the Human Unlimited #tech4good foundation initiative, tech partners HERE and UNL will provide the ‘Human Care app and platform’, an end-to-end, #tech4good solution for fast, universal response to current and future pandemics and disasters. Human Care provides an infrastructure for accelerating the information flow and collaboration between people, governments, NGOs and businesses to co-create safer public environments powered by location and data.   

“We are building a global digital infrastructure to power the future of human care and the transition towards the new normal while keeping the virus spread under control. With Human Care we leverage tech to enable humans to be prepared for current and future pandemics or disasters. We seek to connect, include and support the ones in need. We start by giving unique and verified addresses to 4 billion people without an address. Enabling them to get access to essential services like emergency response or direct relief. Leaving no one behind.” – said Xander van der Heijden, CEO of UNL. 

Addresses are a critical socio-economic tool. Without a reliable address people and locations remain unserved and, in many cases, restricted from accessing essential services. Human Care gives any location a unique universal address to connect and enable people without a reliable address to access critical emergency services, find and navigate to important hubs like hospitals, pop-up clinics and relief centers. 

With lockdown easing up in many countries, government and businesses alike need to find sustainable, seamless and human-led approach to resuming life and work outside the home, while tackling coronavirus risks. Human Care users will be able to self-monitor, communicate their symptoms with local governments to bring transparency to new and developing cases based on geolocation. In addition to the mobile app developed by UNL, Human Care also provides an analytics dashboard. Developed by HERE, the analytics dashboard allows governments, policy makers and business owners to analyze crowdsourced insights and layer supplementary special datasets to identify high risk areas and community outbreaks and enable fast response.

“To coordinate any wide scale successful technology-led effort during a disaster event or a global pandemic such as COVID-19, the insight from location can make all the difference in access to critical care, the quality of service delivered and the possibility of achieving a constructive outcome. Our collaboration with UNL is in alignment with this philosophy and we are determined to leverage location intelligence in the fight against this pandemic and other future outbreaks or disasters. Together with UNL we hope to enable societies to make data-backed technology interventions,” said Stanimira Koleva, Senior Vice President and General Manager and SVP for Asia Pacific, HERE Technologies. 

Within future releases, the Human Care platform will be including a “request relief” functionality and work together with NGOs to bring relief to people affected by COVID-19. Users will be able to self-identify in need, request relief in the form of food, medical supplies and other essentials.