Saturday, January 14, 2017

Mobile Pictographs for Alerting and Incident Reporting on the way

We have been working on the idea of using pictographs to empower the linguistically challenged with communicating disaster information for several years. The concept was first presented at the 2013 Common Alerting Protocol Implementation Workshop. Later the Federation of Internet Alerting considered our work in their efforts to communicate pictograph-enabled warnings through their online Ad Spaces.

Spot-On as a Service Provider to the Sahana Software Foundation (Sahana) is providing expertise in emergency communication. This is in part of a project Sahana is leading on realizing the concept of Mobile Pictographs in support of Linguistically Challenged.  The project is made possible through the Humanitarian Innovation Fund of ELRHA.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Spot contributions to policy paper wins first prize at ITU conference

We presented our paper on the “intricacies of implementing the ITU-T X.1303 recommended warning standard for cross-agency situational-awareness in Myanmar, Philippines, and Maldives at ITU Kaleiderscope (2016). It is an IEEE conference sponsored by the Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (TSB). The paper was not technical in the strict sense but discussed ICT policy relevant findings that the conference reviewers perceived important for the standardization process and the standards community. We were awarded “the best paper”. READ THE FULL STORY.


Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Presenting SAMBRO Implementation Challenges at CAP Forum in Thailand

The Sahana Alerting and Messaging Broker (SAMBRO) has certainly been gearing up to provide a complementing service. In one aspect, SAMBRO is capable of subscribing to CAP messages, aggregating them, and then allowing authorized personnel to relay those messages, whether they be public, private, or restricted. The process of originating and relaying was already tested in the Philippines. CAP messages that come into SAMBRO can be offered through a RSS feed or a RESTfull API. Users may subscribe to receive alerts from SAMBRO though email, SMS, FTP, and Mobile APP as well. The outcomes of this work, in relation to the Common Alerting Protocol warning standard, was presented in Thailand at the 2016 CAP Implementation Workshop. READ THE SAHANA BLOG.