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  • People send in messages from wherever they are.
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    • 1. WELCOME TO GEOCHAT – Beta – June 7 09 Team Communication – Mobile & Web
    • 2. 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
    • 3. GeoChat Integrating mobile field communications with situational awareness
    • 4. 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
    • 5. 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”
    • 6. 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.
    • 7. 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….
    • 8. You can use geochat JUST with a phone or JUST on the internet (or both)
    • 9. 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…
    • 10. 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
    • 11. … 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
    • 12. Ask people to join from their mobile – 2 methods
      • #join GroupName name*GroupName
    • 13. 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)
    • 14. 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
    • 15. Start Using GeoChat!
    • 16. 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)
    • 17. Questions?
      • Mary Jane Marcus marcus@instedd.org
      • InSTEDD Contact (main # 650-353-4440)
      • Ideas to improve GeoChat: UserVoice
        • http://geochat.uservoice.com/