Crisis mappers: Mobile technology helps disaster victims worldwide

There are now 6.8 billion people on the planet. And about 5 billion cell phones.

This extraordinary ability to connect has turned a modern convenience into a lifeline through a system called crisis mapping. It first gained prominence after the earthquake in Haiti, when people used their cell phones to send text messages to a centralized response team. Since then, crisis mapping has been used to help victims in emergency zones following the tornadoes in the Midwest, the earthquake in Japan and the unrest in the Middle East.

Today, there are hundreds of volunteers in more than 50 countries creating maps of crises around the world, using a system that incorporates the lessons learned in Haiti.

Alison Stewart reports on this worldwide network of volunteers –  regular people — using a breakthrough technology to help others.

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  • http://twitter.com/UncleSam13713 UncleSam

    There You Are! —–>respecting you as a ”Queen”;) – Crisis Is for the poor How Poors would own a Technologic device when they don’t have money to eat a cheeseburger? 

  • OhioNate

    The mapping technology used in crisis can also be used to coordinate community volunteer projects, and private ventures. 

  • auntiem

    A company called SafeLink Wireless LLC offers free phones and plans to those who qualify in many states.  It is funded by other cell phone companies. 

  • auntiem

    A company called SafeLink Wireless LLC offers free phones and plans to those who qualify in many states.  It is funded by other cell phone companies. 

  • auntiem

    A company called SafeLink Wireless LLC offers free phones and plans to those who qualify in many states.  It is funded by other cell phone companies. 

  • http://www.baylanbilisim.com/index.php/isortaklari/arvento Arvento

    As the packets from different mobiles carry completely different channel
    characteristics, the receiver should execute all necessary algorithms,
    such as channel estimation, interactions with all upper layers and so
    on, within a very short time to make the detections of each packet
    flawlessly and even to reduce the clutter of traffic.

  • http://twitter.com/UncleSam12712 UncleSam13713

    cell phone but no bread