Strong Angel Team : Basic StatsBy David F. Carr | Posted 2005-05-04 Email 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.
- 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.