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[liberationtech] MEDIA: Satellite-Linked PDAs Promise To Speed Haitian Relief -- Delete if not interested

Yosem Companys ycompanys at
Mon Jan 18 14:25:29 PST 2010

Satellite-Linked PDAs Promise To Speed Haitian Relief Effort
John Dodge / SmartPlanet / January 15 2010

As Haitians dig furiously through the rubble to find survivors and the dead,
Global Relief Technologies (GRT) is planning to map and record the
destruction on the ground to give relief workers critical realtime
information as they race against the clock.

The Portsmouth, N.H. company’s Rapid Data Management System will be used to
collect data on the ground with PDAs. A variety of media - texts, reports,
photos, video and tweets - are transmitted via satellite to an
Internet-based and secure Collaboration Center custom-designed for the
client and its relief workers. Satellite communications are critical because
land lines and cell towers are down in the ravaged areas.

With respect to Haiti, GRT is working with the Marines, National Guard, Red
Cross and the USS Comfort floating hospital ship, which is heading to Haiti.
Members in those units can securely access the Collaboration Center through
any number of computing devices, PDAs and smartphones.


Just about any rescue or reconstruction information can be handled within
the RDMS to answer questions such as. is a building intact, partially
damaged or destroyed? What’s it location? What does it look like before and
after? Perhaps there are people still trapped inside. How many and for how
long? What’s known about their injuries? What’s the local availability of
resources? What are the detailed conditions of the roads, bridges and other

And emergency alerts can be broadcast to field workers as events dictate.

With the earthquake disaster and heartbreaking search for survivors
dominating the news, local media outlets here in Boston with its sizable
Haitian community have rushed to cover GRT. [snip]

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