World’s largest mobile data upload?

During the large earthquakes in Nepal in 2015 many houses and buildings were totally destroyed or partially damaged. Currently 1,600 engineers are on the ground in the affected regions for housing survey: mapping all houses, assessing damages and their repair needs by collecting and uploading information including pictures and location of each building into a large database. This will probably turn into the world’s largest mobile data collection.

The engineers in action use an app developed by Kathmandu Living Labs (KLL), open mapping and civic tech company based in Kathmandu., During the immediate earthquake response and relief work, KLL made its mission to map earthquake-hit areas and collect data on victim’s needs in order to support humanitarian aid organizations to optimize the relief distribution.

Ncell is supporting KLL to collect data on its relief support and visualize the progress made on the ground. Technology being used in this effort is similar to the ones being used in the housing survey.

Pranay Acharaya, Head of B2B at NcellPranay Acharaya, Head of B2B at Ncell

“It is quite amazing that the technology that we identified as a tool to follow up on our own relief support is being used as a tool managing what is likely to be the world’s largest mobile data upload project”, says Pranay Acharaya, Head of B2B at Ncell and responsible for Ncell earthquake relief support and reconstruction project.

An amount of nearly 15 Terabyte of data is expected to be uploaded via the mobile app to the map database, for a detailed orientation of the damages initially in the 11 most affected districts. The information will be used by the government authorities to decide on how to distribute the reconstruction support. So far this information is not public.

KLL is developing a dashboard to make Ncell’s relief support public. See the below link below to get a flavor. It takes you to a map of Ncell’s support of temporary shelters, built by Help Nepal Network. The work that is currently being done by Clean Up Nepal, installing fresh and sustainable toilets in four schools, will be uploaded for follow up soon.

As Ncell’s 950 MNPR (ca 9 MUSD) reconstruction project starts, with the aim to construct approximately 60 community center buildings supplied by renewable energy and internet connectivity in the most affected areas, this site will be constantly updated for stakeholders to follow the progress of the work.

Ncell and TeliaSonera reconstruction team together with chosen partners KLL, Help Nepal Network and Clean Up NepalNcell and TeliaSonera reconstruction team together with chosen partners KLL, Help Nepal Network and Clean Up Nepal

Facts about TeliaSonera’s and Ncell’s support to Nepal after the earthquakes

In May 2015 TeliaSonera donated 1 MUSD to Prime Minister Disaster Relief Fund for immediate support to the victims of the earthquakes. The fund’s money has been used for cash distribution to the families who lost family members, for medical support, for relief material transportation and for purchasing of aid material.

At the same time Ncell pledged 1 billion Nepali rupees, approximately 10 MUSD, for reconstruction support over a 3 years period. Out of this amount 5 percent was put aside for immediate relief support via local NGOs and the rest of the money, 950 million Nepali rupees, will be used in a reconstruction project, according to a concept developed by Ncell in close cooperation with TeliaSonera.

So far some of the money has been used for temporary shelters and toilets as well as health and sanitation programs, and to support KLL’s product development and scaling of its activities.

Output data from our financial support to Help Nepal Network:

  • 310 temporary houses at Chyama VDC

  • 50 toilets at Chyama VDC

  • 2 awareness programs

  • 4 health camps

One of Help Nepal’s constructionsOne of Help Nepal’s constructions

What the reconstruction project will bring:

  • Safe schools for children, with electricity and possibilities for connectivity and e-learning and e-library solutions

  • Safe health post, with access to electricity, for example for hot water to sanitize utensils used in the healthcare, and possibilities for developing e-health/remote health solutions

  • Safe shelter for inhabitants in case of disaster

  • Clean safe toilets for school children and others (standard part of construction)

  • Power/energy for other purposes, e.g. pumping of clean drinking water possibilities (i.e. excess use of energy supply to be used by the community as needed)

  • Possibilities for connectivity for many different areas of usage (internet connectivity has a great effect on the development possibilities for the community and its inhabitants)