Ncell and Flowminder win Global Mobile Award for humanitarian aid collaboration

During the earthquakes that struck Nepal in 2015, anonymized network data from TeliaSonera subsidiary Ncell was analyzed by Swedish research foundation Flowminder to provide information on people displacement. This information, which was part of the regular UN update to aid organizations, was critical in ensuring that relief efforts were directed to the right regions.

The collaboration was one of five nominees in the “Mobile in Emergency or Humanitarian Situations” category at this year’s Global Mobile Awards in Barcelona, and it turned out to be the strongest entry.

The collaboration has gathered significant interest from the humanitarian aid community, and is a great example of how mobile operators have an important role to play in disaster response. Although the Flowminder methodology has been applied earlier, such as the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and during the 2014 Ebola outbreak, this is the first time that analyses have been available so quickly after the disaster.

Accepting the prize were Linus Bengtsson and Erik Wetter, Flowminder, and Rajesh Lal Nyachhyon, Ncell.