I would like to see the mobile device emit emergency signals to prompt people for action. For example: if there were going to be a big earthquake to hit and scientists have already captured that information, I'd like to be notify as soon as possible. Even if it was a false alarm, that would at least give me heads up what to do and what NOT to do in the next moments. That's where the mobile device can come in handy to alert me and prevent me from being harmed.
The leveraging of the mobile platform by internet services has had much success, and has proven to be a valuable resource in emergencies. One example is Google's people-finder, which instantly links the finder of a missing person with the people searching for them.
Mobile system has become an essential item of our lives. It can be networked with home security system, It can be used to monitor children (Tel/tv), navigation and many others. The current use of mobile technology will not mark the limit but it is just the begining of future innovations. One thing is sure, one discovery is a stepping stone for another one. The disaster in Japan should be an eye opener to technology companies. Capability of mobile technology can be developed into monitoring health related issues such as radiation level. Satellite phone is a great tool but the only issue is the cost
mario8a - Can you tell us some more about "how with the right communication gear a lot can be achieved on those times of emergencies." In your experience, what kind of gear would be most valuable/useful?
elctrnx_lyf - This is a good idea: "couple of extra big buttons on the mobile which can deliver messages to three medical service providers and five close persons as stored on the phone."
And I'll check this out:"I've heard of such a mobile is in the market made by iball."
First of all thank you, for this really good article.
Coming from the Mobile phone industry I was able to help during the 9/11 tragedy providing some support with hands free comunications, we basically focus on providing all the possible comunication channels to help those heroes helping people, it is amazing how with the right communication gear a lot can be achieved on those times of emergencies.
I think the mobile will play a big role in fulfilling the right setup for the emergency management and the disaster recovery. But all it needs would couple of extra big buttons on the mobile which can deliver messages to three medical service providers and five close persons as stored on the phone. I've heard of such a mobile is in the market made by iball recently.
The thought of mobile health applications is great. This would be of great assistance to first responders and medical staff. However in an event like this, I'm sure communication towers have been destroyed, or at least the infrastructure that supports them is gone. My first thought would be communications through SAT phones. As far as I know those are limited to voice, with the exception of the military. Maybe if there was a way to operate some limited services on certain satellites during emergencies, these applications could be used more often.
With the kind of damage the earthquake and the resulting Tsunami have caused to the infrastructure of the affected areas of Japan, It is quite unlikely that the mobile networks are alive in those areas. The best way to connect in such situations will be through the satelite phones and I think they provide only voice communications. So I am not sue whether any healthcare applications on mobile will be useful in this scenario.
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