Posted by AnneryanHeatwole on Aug 25, 2009
gReporter data sheet 4945 Views
Organization that developed the Tool: 
Main Contact: 
Nathan Freitas
Problem or Need: 

Reporters need to travel lightly, stay connected to sources and editors, and stay aware of their surroundings. gReporter allows reporters to upload content with GPS information attached. 

Main Contact Email : 
Brief Description: 

gReporter provides a single, clean app for capturing photos, audio and text reports, connecting GPS coordinates with this data, and sending it to a server using a Google Android phone.

Tool Category: 
Runs on a mobile phone
Key Features : 
  • Takes photos and uploads them with GPS coordinates
  • Records audio and uploads it with GPS coordinates
  • Captures short text reports
Main Services: 
Voting, Data Collection, Surveys, and Polling
Tool Maturity: 
Currently deployed
Current Version: 
Program/Code Language: 
Organizations Using the Tool: 
  • TechPresident
  • NPR
  • CBS News
Number of Current End Users: 
Number of current beneficiaries: 
Under 100
Languages supported: 
Is the Tool's Code Available?: 
Is an API available to interface with your tool?: 
Global Regions: 

Building a Transportation Information System Using Only GPS and Basic SMS Infrastructure

Posted by LeighJaschke on Jun 26, 2009
Building a Transportation Information System Using Only GPS and Basic SMS Infrastructure data sheet 2913 Views
Anderson, Ruth E.; Poon, Anthony; Lustig, Cailin; Brunette, Waylon, Barriello, Gaetano, Kolko, Beth
Publication Date: 
Apr 2009
Publication Type: 
Report/White paper

This work consists of two main components:
(a) a longitudinal ethnographic study in Kyrgyzstan that
demonstrates the importance of transportation resources in the
developing world and how to plan for an appropriate ICT
solution, and (b) the results of a proof-of-concept system
engineered to create a bottom-up, transportation information
infrastructure using only GPS and SMS. Transportation is a
very important shared resource; enabling efficient and effective
use of such resources aids overall development goals.
The system, *bus, involved the development of a hardware
device (a *box) containing a GSM modem and a GPS unit, that
can be installed on a vehicle and used to track its location. The
*box communicates via SMS with a server connected to a basic
GSM phone. The server runs route a prediction algorithm and
users can send SMS messages to the server to find when a bus
will arrive at their location.
The paper discusses the system and early testing, as well as the
development implications for a range of urban and rural
environments where transportation is scarce or inefficient, and
where a central authority or institution is not in a position to
provide robust information resources for users. We describe how
the solution is also situated within technology usage patterns
common to the developing world.

Artivists and Mobile Phones: The Transborder Immigrant Project

Posted by CorinneRamey on Nov 18, 2007

Editor's NOTE, September 2010: The Transborder Immigration Tool has, since this post was first put online in 2007, generated quite a bit of controversy. As far as we know, the tool was never deployed with anyone (we are checking with Ricardo Dominguez on the state of development of the tool) but since then has risen to the attention (as the art project/concept/idea) of even Glenn Beck, a US conservative commentator. A YouTube video of Ricardo describing the project from April 2010 is here, and an article in the San Diego City Beat outlines the political story of the last year of the Transborder Immigration Tool.


The New "Seeing-Eye" Dog: Mobile Phone Navigation for Blind People

Posted by CorinneRamey on Nov 15, 2007

A new software project called Loadstone-GPS provides navigational assistance to blind and visually impaired individuals. The software, which is open source and can be downloaded for free, uses screen readers such as Mobile Speak and Talks and can be operated on a Nokia phone with the S60 smartphone platform.