Strong Angel Team : Basic Stats

By David F. Carr  |  Posted 2005-05-04 Print this article Print

It's nearly half a year since a tsunami reduced the coasts of 11 countries abutting the Indian Ocean to rubble. Roads, bridges and houses still need to be rebuilt. Some relief workers think military and humanitarian organizations could use cheap, portable

Strong Angel Team: Basic Stats

Organization: A virtual team that include military, medical, humanitarian and technology experts.

Web Address: www.strongangel.telascience.org

Business: Define better ways of using communications technology to support collaboration between military and humanitarian organizations during emergencies.

Project Manager: U.S. Navy Cmdr. Eric Rasmussen, M.D.

Budget in 2004: About $330,000 from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

Challenge: Identify computer and communications technologies that can withstand harsh conditions—in Iraq or the aftermath of a tsunami. Push them from experimental to practical usage.

Baseline goals:

  • Increase number of significant relief agencies that can tie into Strong Angel network, from 20 in 2004 to 50 or more in 2007.
  • Boost use of electronic collaboration tools, from 13% of relief organizations after December 2004 tsunami to 50% during next emergency response.
  • Increase number of humanitarian specialists in Strong Angel online contact list, from 175 today to 500 by 2007.
  • Convert Strong Angel project team from 10 part-time workers in 2005 to permanent organization with full-time staff by 2007.

David F. Carr David F. Carr is the Technology Editor for Baseline Magazine, a Ziff Davis publication focused on information technology and its management, with an emphasis on measurable, bottom-line results. He wrote two of Baseline's cover stories focused on the role of technology in disaster recovery, one focused on the response to the tsunami in Indonesia and another on the City of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.David has been the author or co-author of many Baseline Case Dissections on corporate technology successes and failures (such as the role of Kmart's inept supply chain implementation in its decline versus Wal-Mart or the successful use of technology to create new market opportunities for office furniture maker Herman Miller). He has also written about the FAA's halting attempts to modernize air traffic control, and in 2003 he traveled to Sierra Leone and Liberia to report on the role of technology in United Nations peacekeeping.David joined Baseline prior to the launch of the magazine in 2001 and helped define popular elements of the magazine such as Gotcha!, which offers cautionary tales about technology pitfalls and how to avoid them.

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