A mobile revolution is underway as previously dispersed and disconnected communities in Africa and elsewhere begin to gain some connection to the outside world through mobile phone technology. Through mobile phone use lives can be saved, children can be nurtured and educated, disasters can be mapped, small businesses can be helped to get the best price for their goods and farmers can protect their crops.
While most of the information transfer within dispersed communities so far is via basic phones and sms, this will change and is changing.
Here is an example of innovative information transfer by international NGO ActionAid in conjunction with Infoasaid who are using FrontlineSMS and Freedom Fone – to transmit information simultaneously to multiple recipients from a laptop computer, and to provide a channel for remote communities to feed back to ActionAid .
The project provided basic mobile phone and solar chargers to 250 Relief Committee members, and 30 Java-enabled mobile phones to ActionAid Food Monitors, regional office staff and others including warehouse owners and food truck drivers.