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  • on 20.12.2014
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Cellphone voice and SMS tech developed to fight Ebola 0

According to the IBM Africa, which developed the information and communication technology, the innovation provides citizens with convenient channels to voice their concerns.

We saw the need to quickly develop a system to enable communities directly affected by Ebola to provide valuable insight about how to fight it, says Uyi Stewart, IBM Africa chief scientist, in a statement released on 27 October. Using mobile technology, we have given them a voice and a channel to communicate their experiences directly to the government.

Voice data are recorded and classified using spreadsheets emailed to IBM for analysis. As the SMS and voice data are location specific, IBM is able to create opinion-based heat-maps which correlate public sentiment to location information, the statement adds.

Continue reading at SciDev.net

By SciDev.net’s Sub-Saharan Africa desk.

Photo Credit:Petterik Wiggers/IDRC / Panos

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