Technology is supposed to simplify our lives and this one app does it to the ‘T’.

Smartphones are readily available in all places across the globe – even the under developed countries where famines, drought, and other natural calamities appear like a regular phenomena. Besides aiding communication at a personal level, smartphones are also being used to run apps that can notify the agencies about a forthcoming drought or bad or good monsoon. This can help millions of people from facing the harsh conditions by allowing agencies to prepare and take action before the calamity actually strikes.

Developed by the scientists at the Vienna University of Technology and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) Laxenburg, Austria, SATIDA COLLECT is a smartphone app:

  • That helps researchers collect necessary data on weather/soil/climate about a particular region
  • This data is stored locally on the phone and once the device comes in contact with an Internet connection, the data is uploaded to a remote server
  • The information can be used by agencies to analyze the conditions and thereby prepare strategies to combat the same
  • Bases the eating habits and the conditions of a place, the SATIDA COLLECT questionnaire can be customized and the best results derived

This app is available easily on the Google Play Store and analysts can download and use it to recognize crisis situations much before they strike. For organizations such as Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) – Doctors without Borders, this app has been a great source of support as it is offering a fast, accurate, inexpensive and simple way of understanding a crisis situation. Depending on the data collected, organizations are able to offer humanitarian relief in areas that need them and put a check on real-time problems such as price rise, malnutrition, resource distribution, etc.  The satellite-derived data is very insightful and hopefully the subsequent versions of the SATIDA COLLECT app will be able to foretell the situations from more detailed perspectives. Indeed, technology should be able to save lives other than just simplifying them.