Ncell traffic data makes relief efforts more efficient
Ncell is providing customer macro data to the Flowminder Foundation that is processing the data to better understand population displacement and mobility patterns pre and post-quake.
This is a part of the WorldPop project, which provides open access to global demographic data, which can be used to help tackle major challenges, including emergency response situations.
The Flowminder team pioneered the analysis of mobile network data to support responses to natural disasters and epidemics. They used the same technique when Zanzibar was affected by malaria 2009 and on Haiti in 2010 after the massive earthquake and following cholera outbreak.
Nepal has 23 million mobile phone subscribers out of a population of 27 million people. Population estimates have been calculated by analyzing the movements of de-identified Ncell SIM cards, and combining with WorldPop demographic data.
The first results are currently being distributed amongst all agencies involved in the earthquake response: http://www.worldpop.org.uk/nepal/
In emergency situations there are mass movements of people, but no reliable way to get quick estimates of where people have gone to for directing resources, understanding needs, and assessing changing risks. These data provide a rapid, easy and ongoing approach to provide those estimates and have been proven to be accurate previously, such as in the Haiti earthquake response.