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College Students Invent Device for Natural Disasters

A communication device now in the hands of the Filipino Red Cross, can help emergency responders stay in touch even when cell signals are completely down.  When the signal is out, the device, which is solar powered will stay on given any circumstances.  The Danish designers who are responsible for this device, Pernille Skjødt and Ida Stougaard, initially entered their invention in the Global Social Ventures Competition.  Threw this endeavor they’re hoping to distribute the device to the 1.8 million volunteers in the Philippines Red Cross 143 Program.

This mesh network will allow people carrying a mesh-enabled device to send short text messages through each other, as the device creates a link that goes over 1km in range.

Their first test market will be in the Philippines, an area prone to 30 natural disasters each year.

“As each device creates a link, the volunteers are able to communicate through each other,” the two designers explained. “This way, a signal is guaranteed, without the need of vulnerable, physical structures.”

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