Disaster Tech: Smartphone Apps Provide Assistance for Aid Workers and Victims

Software with the potential to help aid workers quickly and accurately locate missing people has been developed by Dr Gavin Brown and his team of computer scientists in the Machine Learning and Optimisation group at The University of Manchester.

In addition, the team’s REUNITE mobile and web platform supports developments that can help aid workers use a smartphone to quickly recognize individuals affected by malnutrition and that can help people use their smartphones to locate “safe zones” during a terrorist attack or natural disaster.

Our results have demonstrated that mobile intelligent systems can be deployed in low-power, high-risk environments, to the benefit of all involved. We believe the refugee aid community will be a strong beneficiary of such technology over the next few years.”

— Dr Gavin Brown, University of Manchester

The researchers hope that the smartphone technology they are developing will not only help to save lives but perhaps also help to relieve the burdens – both financial and emotional – that aid organizations and workers experience.

Learn more at http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/01/120104111910.htm

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