Mobile Mapping for Rapid Field Assessment of Health Infrastructure in Indonesia

Posted by cycadme on Oct 01, 2010

The rural population of eastern Indonesia generally has limited access to health services due to rugged topography, poor roads and limited health resources. Moreover, there are no comprehensive audits of health infrastructure at the district level resulting in poor coordination of health resource allocation. This project is using mobile field data collection techniques to identify gaps in health services to enable more effective and equitable delivery of scarce health resources to remote and poor regions. 

The study tested the assumption that recent changes in mobile mapping and GIS technologies have made them appropriate and effective tools for public health applications in rural, developing contexts.  Three primary factors seen to be facilitating more widespread use were: (1) decreasing hardware costs, (2) the technological convergence of GPS/mobile-phone/PDA (personal digital assistant) hardware and (3) the development of free/open-source spatial data software.  

Health department staff from West Timor learning mobile field data collection tools.

Mobile Mapping for Rapid Field Assessment of Health Infrastructure in Indonesia data sheet 2472 Views
Countries: Indonesia

Nokia Life Tools

Posted by AnneryanHeatwole on Feb 10, 2010
Nokia Life Tools data sheet 11719 Views

Nokia Life Tools aims to give users direct access to information that can change how they do business.  Launched in 2008 in India, Nokia Life Tools deliver agricultural information, educational resources and entertainment to users over SMS.  At the end of 2009, Nokia Life Tools expanded to Indonesia.

The service allows subscribers to receive updates on chosen topics – market prices, news tips, weather forecasts, English lessons, exam preparation, or entertainment. The SMS-based service sends basic text messages on an icon-driven interface; the delivery system ensures that the service works wherever mobile phones work. The information that is sent out to the consumer’s mobile phone is targeted to the person based on his or her location.

The tools’ primary services are agricultural and educational; entertainment is supplementary, providing users with ringtones and sports updates among other services.

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Project goals: 

Nokia Life Tools aims to:

  • Provide emerging markets with hyper-local information via SMS in three sectors: agriculture, education, and entertainment.
  • Give users an easy and reliable way to access information 
  • After launching in India and Indonesia, Nokia plans to expand Liife Tools in more global markets in early 2010


Brief description of the project: 

Nokia Life Tools is an SMS-based service that provides hyper-localized information to its subscribers in three sectors: agriculture, education, and entertainment.

Target audience: 

The target audience of Nokia Life Tools are users in emerging markets who want access to reliable agricultural information (including market prices, weather forecasts and crop recommendations) and educational opportunities (such as English language instruction).

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What worked well? : 

According to Dinesh Subramaniam, senior manager of communications for Nokia, collaborations with local partners such as agricultural boards, meteorological departments and educational boards have helped create the hyper-local information needed for the service to run.

What did not work? What were the challenges?: 

One of the biggest challenges facing the program is the initial collection of data; creating specifically targeted information for different regions takes time and manpower, which limits the speed with which the program can be rolled out to new countries. 

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