Nokia, Save the Children collaborate to protect children during disasters in India

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On the occasion of the Universal Children’s Day Nokia has joined hands with ‘Save the Children’ for an important social cause – protecting children in India during disasters.

As part of this initiatives, both parties will build the resilience of children and their communities in India through Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and social protection by providing better communications connectivity with its telecom technologies and navigation with mapping technologies. The program will be implemented starting with states including Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Delhi, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu.

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How technology can help to protect children

DRR and communications technologies linked to mapping will help to provide the following:

•access to right information at the right time
•geospatial database to create risk maps
•safety maps and plans
•alternate routes and safe zones
•mobile-based information sharing networks for real time monitoring
•better collaboration and coordination
•mobile-based triggering mechanisms
•mobile-based training and education

Speaking on this initiative, Sandeep Girotra, vice president and head of India Region, Nokia Networks, said: “We feel strongly that it’s our social responsibility to contribute and protect the children in India pre-, during and post- disasters as they are the nation’s future. We are committed toward this, and our advanced telecom and mapping technologies, coupled with the Save the Children’s global expertise in DRR and social protection, can build a greater resilience to protect children. We believe this model that aids social protection and resilience can be taken well beyond India.”

Thomas Chandy, CEO of Save the Children, said: “We are grateful to Nokia for its generous help to make a huge difference to children of India through innovations in DRR and social protection, especially since the company is an expert in communications and mapping technologies. The company’s telecom technologies can spearhead communications connectivity in real time to reduce the risk from disasters, thereby ensuring that children and their communities are safe. We believe this would be a highly innovative partnership with path-breaking use of telecom technologies.”


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TelecomDrive Bureau covers the latest developments happening in the space of communications, devices and innovations in targeted geographies of India, SAARC, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa regions.TelecomDrive Bureau is headed by Zia Askari. He can be reached at ziaaskari@telecomdrive.com