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  • “Geographic analysis of the distribution of social services such as wells, hospitals, telecommunication facilities, broadcast services, schools, etc. is essential for Plan's program work in order to have a sound understanding of the provision of access to those services. In reality, most country offices work with non-geographical systems, i.e. lists of communities for example for this purpose. In many countries, also the government does not have sufficient mapping of communities in place and decisions on where to put something to guarantee access to populations becomes often a thing based on best guess. “
  • This is a good slide for ICT. However as an architectural framework it is also pretty typical. If ICT presented such a slide we would additionally focus on why POIMapper vs any other equivalent tool. Cost, mobile phone support and the functionality of the backend analysis tools would be typical comparison areas.
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    • 1. Adopting mobile GIS datagatheringPlan International withPoiMapper© 2009 Plan Suomi 1
    • 2. Plan is specialised in child-centered community development and human rights based approach 48 Programme countries 21 Fundraising & Techical support countriesPlan operates in 66 countries worldwide
    • 3. Some figures on Plan• We worked with 37 931 communities in 48 developing countries, covering population of 28,2 million children.• We trained 456 641 people in skills ranging from education to child protection.• 60 000+ volunteers worldwide• € 468 million budget in FY 2010
    • 4. Need for location based monitoring,planning, evaluation. Real time. 4
    • 5. PoiMapper Service Platform MONITOR MANAGE Visualize & analyze1. MOBILE Location data USER ADMIN Map (java client) Portal AUTHORING TOOL Structured data DESKTOP Numeric2. Laptop/PC (browser) CLIENT Analysis GATEWAY Multimedia DATABASE Dashboard /ArcGIS Front-end Hosted SaaS solution Back-end
    • 6. Compared to data collectiontools of route/area data • Collection• Runs on low-end, mid-end, high end phones + tablets. J2ME+Android.• Real mobile data gathering solution for low-end phones, i.e. not the pushing of surveys but syncing of the data in the mobile phone with the back-end DB and multi-user conflict resolution• Works with high-end back-end solutions as ESRI ArcGIS, if needed• offered as a ”hybrid” cloud based solution, – FULL hosted service (in Amazon)• or – DB in country but service parts(authoring tool/portal etc) in the cloud OSM• Maps can be locally installed for better User Experience (no “roundtrip” to Google DB)• History trace of all data – a full edit trace of any point of interest (POI) can b easily exported to Excel 6
    • 7. Two implementations: Kenya and Thailand Plan Kenya Plan ThailandMode Pilot TB, UBR, DRR, Flood, Youth tracking, HouseholdPre-test 3 0Training days 5 1People trained 27 60+150Area Kilifi program area All program areasActive users N/A 30 users in 7 different projects 8
    • 8. Training in Thailand
    • 9. Field work in Chiang Rai PoiMapper allows us to track individual location and conditions of the TB patients in our program areas.10
    • 10. Number of Patients by District Chiang Kong4540 Chiang Saen35 Mae Chan3025 Mae Fa Luang20 Mae Sai1510 Mueng 5 Phan 0 Tueng Chiang Chiang Mae Mae Fa Mae Sai Mueng Phan Tueng Kong Saen Chan Luang Sex male female 1
    • 11. Plan Thailand CustomizedPortal
    • 12. Program ”POIs” (point-of-interest)
    • 13. Mwapula Sub location latrine coverage 6.7% 3.7% Households with access to a toilet Households that use hole in the ground Households that practice open defecation89.6%
    • 14. “POI” export to Excel file15
    • 15. Examples of costs: PlanThailand• Set up – 5,000 Euros, that include 100 hours technical support and training from Pajat• Telephone – initially 20 phones for $150.00 plus per phone• Service (GPS) – 8 Euros per user per month
    • 16. Added value and impact onprogram implementation• GPS coordinates validate the data• Real time monitoring• Using images• Distribution of data• Cumulative data -> increasing synergies• Support recurring program monitoring and enable organizations to harness GIS data strategically• Enables cost savings as process efficiency is improved• A new way of monitoring partner NGO work and evaluate if by Plan given metrics are achieved
    • 17. In summary• PoiMapper solution is a light, affordable, and simple product that runs on existing mobile devices. It can be integrated to enterprise ICT solutions.• Plan is interested in scaling this solution because it is being proven to be useful in multiple program scenarios.• It’s being used for real and is working it’s way up the organisation.• Plan is interested to collaborate at any level, e.g. knowledge sharing, shared procurement, shared service, and where possible shared data
    • 18. “POI” export to Excel file -> import to ArcGIS© 2009 Plan Suomi 19