Sending Disaster Data via Satellite


The Fiji Red Cross Society (FRCS) and the New Zealand Red Cross have pioneered the use of Magpi mobile data collection paired with Delorme’s inReach satellite connectivity in the response to Cyclone Winston in Fiji. Their work means that teams working  from the most remote locations that may lack WiFi or cellular service can use Magpi to collect critical data.

In the wake of Cyclone Winston, reported to be the worst storm ever recorded in the South Hemisphere, dozens of devices equipped with Magpi’s data collection software were secured by the New Zealand Red Cross and FRCS to provide full communications flexibility and help as many people as possible, as quickly as possible.   Combined with new software called Succinct Data, which compresses Magpi data even further, for satellite upload, this enables FRCS team members to send surveys immediately to their colleagues who will then respond in real-time (Succinct is a collaboration between New Zealand Red Cross, Australia’s Flinders University, the Serval Project Inc., and VasTerra, a low-profit humanitarian assistance company).

“This is an advancement that allows us to extend our critical communications beyond the horizon. We can now send information back immediately about what we need and where we need it which can ultimately help save lives through more effective response.” – Filipe Nainoca, Director General of FRCS

This initiative will pair DeLorme’s affordable mobile satellite communicator – inReach – with any Android phone, smartphone or tablet loaded with Magpi’s survey app. As a result, even from the most remote locations that may lack WiFi or cellular service any of these devices will allow users the capability to communicate. More information here.

Mobile Data Collection Guide

When it comes to choosing how data collection will be performed in the field, there are several factors to keep in mind – from the type of data you are collecting to the type of data collection technology to level of connectivity available to your teams in the field. Our mobile data collection guide helps you understand the benefits – and avoid the common pitfalls.

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