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Mobiles could be the key in disaster zones.

It’s odd to think about your own mortality but a recent story has got me doing just that. And I’ve come to the conclusion that should there be an earthquake and I was trapped under the building my mobile would leave me to die a slow agonising death. Its battery is simply not strong enough.

Have I lost you there?

The reason for this contemplation is an EU funded project called WISECOM. Portable mobile masts have been created and can be set up in a matter of minutes to help find people trapped under buildings after an earthquake and locate those swept away in a mud slide. Well, their phones anyway.

The logic behind the masts is naturally sound – mobile networks aren’t exactly sturdy so collapse really easily following a disaster. If you can get them up and running quickly then you can locate a phones, and hopefully its owner.

Two systems have been developed, one is simple to use and light but has a short range (300m). The other is the opposite and has a range of several kilometres.

The problem for me is I own a phone with exceedingly poor battery life. It’s been known to conk out after just one hour of calls. It rarely makes it through a day. So basically, I’d be slowly dieing an agonising death whilst my phone runs out of battery all the while it would be enjoying the schadenfreude of the situation – well I shouldn’t have written nasty things about it should I.

8 replies on “Mobiles could be the key in disaster zones.”

Good idea as you pointed out, but seriously flawed.

What happens say, in a mud slide, and your mobile probably falls out your pocket? Or, it gets crushed. Or, it likes to turn itself off. Or any other of the likely things that could happen.

And that fantastic idea came about from a projected named WISECOM?
Firstly, I've rarely heard of Mud Slides in Europe, and secondly, it's a bit stupid altogether.

Samantha.

Good idea as you pointed out, but seriously flawed.

What happens say, in a mud slide, and your mobile probably falls out your pocket? Or, it gets crushed. Or, it likes to turn itself off. Or any other of the likely things that could happen.

And that fantastic idea came about from a projected named WISECOM?
Firstly, I've rarely heard of Mud Slides in Europe, and secondly, it's a bit stupid altogether.

Samantha.

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