Sahana Mobile Application on the Openmoko platform

Posted by AJuOnLiNE on Feb 23, 2009

I am currently working on developing a client application for Sahana, which can also act as a standalone data collecting tool for field reporters and people working in the process of disaster relief & management.

What is Sahana?

"...Free and Open Source Disaster Management system. It is a web based collaboration tool that addresses the common coordination problems during a disaster from finding missing people, managing aid, managing volunteers, tracking camps effectively between Government groups, the civil society (NGOs) and the victims themselves." - Source -

What is Openmoko™?

1.    Openmoko is a Linux distribution designed for open mobile computing platforms, such as, but not limited to, cellphones.
2.    Openmoko is the company behind the Openmoko Linux distribution. Openmoko also manufactures mobile computing platforms, such as the Neo FreeRunner.”

•    The primary objective of the project is to make use of touch interface based cellphones with Wi-Fi, GPS, and GPRS as an effective disaster reporting & communication tool which interacts with the Sahana main system, either real time or by synchronization when accessible with the device.
•    The project aims at creating a “new application stack” over mobile devices which can be further expanded to provide all the features of the Sahana system, possible on a mobile device.
•    Having a compact and handy mobile device as an assistive tool and as a replacement for PCs/Laptops at relief camps for use in data reporting and information access from the main Sahana system.

A complete detailed proposal that I have drafted is available here in PDF format.

I am also collecting opinions from various domain experts and experienced people to provide suggestions and inputs in the form of a short questionnaire located here.

Please do provide your inputs and suggestions on the same!

Ajay Kumar,

Sahana Developer.

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