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Welcome To GeoChat Welcome To GeoChat Presentation Transcript

  • WELCOME TO GEOCHAT – Beta – June 7 09 Team Communication – Mobile & Web
  • GeoChat - today
    • Collaboration tool for the field
      • Team communication over SMS
      • Reporting FROM the field
      • Alerts TO the field
      • Connects web and SMS
    • The goal is REACH
      • Simplest users – no training!
      • Simplest devices – no new gear!
      • No connectivity – do the basics via SMS only
  • GeoChat Integrating mobile field communications with situational awareness
  • How It Works – All Team Communication
    • Group member sends one message
      • Send water
    • All team receives the message
      • Can receive it over SMS
      • Or can receive it on internet
    Send water supplies to Village C
  • Or… Field to Headquarters Communication CHANNE: at Village Kampong Trabek*8 dead chickens LIM CHANMAN: at Village Phumi Prek*nothingto report SOKHA: at Prek Thmei*12 dead chickens, 4 houses
    • SEND A MESSAGE FROM THE VILLAGE
    • Write “at Village Name*Message”
  • And these messages appear on a map… (in Cambodia in this case)
    • SMS Messages Appear on GeoChat Website (only viewed by members of that group)
    • Headquarters can monitor field information.
  • GeoChat SMS messages can also be viewed with other data (like disease outbreaks, KML layers) news feeds, sensor data, imagery, infrastructure, incidents, supplies, facilities, requests….
  • You can use geochat JUST with a phone or JUST on the internet (or both)
  • Some ways you could use GeoChat…
    • To connect a group of remote health centers for ongoing team communication and to ask questions of each other.
    • To create a support network for youth or women.
    • To monitor a problem in a community (having field representatives report back over mobile what they find).
    • Other ideas…
  • Get Started…Sign Up…
    • Create account on the internet
      • Username(single space name) & password
      • Create a display name (a name that will be viewed before each message)
      • Request how you want to send and receive messages (you can use one or more)
        • Via email
        • Via your phone (must use Twitter in the US until late Spring)
        • Via the web (no need to give email or phone – just view on the map
  • … and set up a Group
    • Set up a group, invite people to join
      • Name of group
      • Purpose of group
      • Invite people to join from their phones
      • If they are already logged into GeoChat, you can search for their name.
      • Type of group
      • Everyone receives the message (team communication)
      • Message only goes to admnistrator (field to HQ communication)
      • Security
      • Messages are all Anonymous
      • Private or public group
  • Ask people to join from their mobile – 2 methods
    • #join GroupName name*GroupName
  • Where You Send Messages: 3 International Gateway Numbers Cover The World (except US, N.Korea, Myanmar)
    • +447624805700
    • +45609910321
    • +61427050281
    • Test the Gateways BEFORE signing up a group.
    • Send a message: #ping to your designated number (and wait for a reply)
  • What GeoChat SMS Messages Cost
    • MESSAGES TO GEOCHAT:
    • Varies by country
    • (find out by sending a text to the gateway number and see what it costs)
    • Ranges from free to $0.09 per message
    • Benefit of GeoChat: Individual pays for ONE message, message sent to the entire group
    • MESSAGES FROM GEOCHAT:
    • Cost for group BLAST usually 1/3 rd the cost of an incoming SMS
    • Total cost of group blast messages cost $2-$5/month. Can be covered by anyone (funder, etc).
    • InSTEDD covers cost of group blasts during Beta phase
  • Start Using GeoChat!
  • Phone Commands (cheat sheet)
    • TEST OUT GATEWAY #PING message (to gateway number) – wait for reply
    • JOIN DISPLAY NAME*NAME OF GROUP (ex: Joe Smith*group123)
    • SET YOUR LOCATION at city, (ex: at Lagos, Nigeria) GeoChat will display all towns that can be viewed on Google Maps.
    • OR LAT*LONG
    • CHANGE YOUR LOCATION at new city, country (ex: at Phnom Penh, Cambodia)
    • SEND A MESSAGE Just write a message and send to the GeoChat number
    • LOCATION & MESSAGE LOCATION*MESSAGE (ex: at Lagos*I need supplies.)
    • Note: Your location will be your last location until you update it.
    • HELP #support you will receive a list of commands)
    • CHANGE OR SET YOUR NAME #my name “name” (ex: #my name Dr. Joe Smith)
    • HOW TO IDENTIFY WHICH GROUP IN GEOCHAT YOUR MOBILE MESSAGES GO TO…
    • If you are only in one group, all of your messages will go to this group.
    • If you are in more than one group, write the GROUP NAME before each message (ex: TINT I have enough water.)
    • If you are in more than one group, you can choose one group as your default and DO NOT need to write the group name.
    • TO SET A DEFAULT GROUP #my group “group name” (ex: #my group group123)
  • Questions?
    • Mary Jane Marcus marcus@instedd.org
    • InSTEDD Contact (main # 650-353-4440)
    • Ideas to improve GeoChat: UserVoice
      • http://geochat.uservoice.com/