New Technologies and Methods for
Sustaining Key Communications During
and Post Disaster
A Case Study from Typhoon Haiyan
Director of Research and Analysis
Direct Relief (www.directrelief.org)
Disaster Relief | Humanitarian Response | Resilience
Palantir Technologies (www.palantir.com)
Coordination and Analytics Technology Development
Who needs help?
Have needs been met?
Have needs changed?
Four Smaller Parts of the Big Problem:
1. Damaged networks impede real-
time digital data collection.
2. Coordination and data sharing
either fails to occur or occurs
intermittently in face-to-face
3. Field data collection is not linked
directly to open public data.
4. Evaluation occurs after the
fact, not continuously.
Typhoon Haiyan Deployment:
inReachSE by Delorme • Delorme InReach
• Satellite-connected SMS using the
• Drop-down data forms populate 160-
• Palantir parses messages into
• Common data framework
• Integrated with mobile and web-
based data collection
• Open APIs allow for rapid and flexible
deployment at scale
• Technology works off the
• Three Dimensional
• Horizontal: across
• Vertical: operations and
Planning, response, and
• Lack of connectivity does not
need to limit real-time
• Crisis coalition-building is
• Need to establish
programmatic mechanisms to
• Clear vision for data-sharing
• Ontology design
• Collaboration between
international and host-nation
NGOs and the private sector
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