Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Mobile phones for combating pandemics

Dr Robert Fitzgerald from University of Canberra talked about e-learning at ANU a few weeks ago. After that he invited me over to UoC to discuss the use of mobile phones in aid projects, before travelling to Cambodia to work on some. He has posted some messages on the projects. The on is SMS Monitoring Systems - Geochat from InSTEDD. In this he describes a Short Message System (SMS) based system called Geochat, used for tracking a pandemic. This takes information sent in an SMS message and maps it with Google Maps. This has been used for an Avian Influenza simulation exercise and has obvious application in Australia with the current swine flu pandemic.

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