Imagine cup 2011 Interoperability (interop) Korea Team Radio Star _ OPIC project





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Uploaded on Apr 30, 2011

Using smartphones and mobile internet is a part of our daily life. We almost do not experience any difficulty in communication.

However, high end devices (smartphones) will not for the foreseeable future for developing countries. Also internet connection matters. While Africa accounts for 14.3% of the world's population, only 5.6% of Internet subscribers are Africans.

Moreover, communication breaks down when disaster strikes. For example, Japan's earthquake damaged both land and wireless communications. Communication becomes essential for emergency assistance in emergency cases.

Therefore, people use different communication methods

- Feature phone users without internet in developing countries
- Two-way radio (TETRA, P25) users in disaster
- Smartphone users

Can they be converged in one service? We propose OPIC (Open Platform Interface for Communication) to make a number of different communication methods work together and converged into one service.

On OPIC web and mobile services, dispatched NGO workers can upload information by simply making a call without the need for accessing the internet. Also, people in disaster situations can upload information by operating two-way radios.

Through the OPIC web, international organizations and NGOs exchange information from dispatched NGO workers in developing countries or find what and where supplies are needed in disasters. Therefore, OPIC will be an essential solution to help for IO and NGOs to supply goods in developing countries and emergency relief.


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