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    exact location New Delhi The Delhi based OneWorld Foundation India OWFI launched a personal safety App on the occasion of the International Women s Day IWD Called Helpi it is a free Android mobile App designed developed and maintained by OWFI and is available for free on Google Play Helpi is positioned as a personal safety smartphone application that users can employ to alert friends and family as well as post the message on social networking sites in the event of an emergency Pressing Helpi s SOS button helps send a pre configured distress message to all the contacts including up to five friends who have been added as an emergency contact The message also goes to the user s Twitter account all this at the push of a button Speaking on the launch of the App Vikas Goswami Board Member OneWorld Foundation India said In such a tech friendly world women use mobile phones more often than not Such an application will allow them to reach out to friends family and the social media It makes for an effective and useful tool that makes women feel secure specially in today economy with the kind of professions and work that is happening More importantly the app is programmed to automatically send messages at regular intervals once the emergency has been activated a necessity in times of growing crimes against women In a real life situation a woman travelling in a bus wanting to send a distress signal just needs to press the distress button After this the app will convey her location to her friends every few minutes Importantly if the woman is travelling in a place that has no internet connectivity or GPS the App sends a quick pre configured SOS SMS Helpi utilises a smartphone s GPRS SMS

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/helpi-to-aid-women-in-times-of-distress/?searchterm= (2016-02-17)
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    first meeting of the Broadband Commission for Digital Development Working Group on Gender in Mexico City yesterday as part of the 7th meeting of the Commission Designed initially for 2G cellular phones and now scaled up to leverage more advanced smartphone devices and tablets SmartWoman is targeted at low to middle income urban and high income rural women business owners It offers learning in communication skills banking financial health and family work life balance issues This project which is already operational in a number of developing economies including Nigeria and Indonesia and which will soon be launched in Kenya Colombia and Mexico has already proved its ability to change lives delivering targeted educational messages in local languages to women to help them improve their entrepreneurial skills access to healthcare and financial management information and general life skills ITU is very proud to join other high profile partners to support and promote this project and hope our joint efforts can bring vital information and learning to millions more woman worldwide said ITU Dr Hamadoun I Touré The SmartWoman platform has been developed by US based social enterprise ChangeCorp It was created to pioneer mobile learning content that has both a social purpose and a commercial benefit to help people achieve knowledge and empowerment We believe that The SmartWoman Project eliminates the cost and access barriers to entry for women receiving educational content through a sponsor type programme said Louise Guido CEO of ChangeCorp Women helping women is not new but women supporting women through mobile is innovative and game changing Not only that but connecting a mobile community of women around the world is unprecedented achievable only through the reach of mobile technology Other SmartWoman partners include Alcatel Lucent United Office for Partnerships Happy Hearts Fund Wayuu Taya Foundation and many

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/itu-to-partner-with-smart-woman-for-gender-empowerment/?searchterm= (2016-02-17)
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    for disaster risk management in the Asia Pacific Region The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific ESCAP and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research UNITAR are joining forces to provide better and more comprehensive satellite imagery to countries in the Asia Pacific region in order to assist with disaster risk management The collaboration is based on a Memorandum of Agreement signed by ESCAP and UNITAR to establish a strategic partnership in the area of geospatial information GIS and satellite derived imagery analysis and mapping applied to disaster risk reduction DRR preparedness and emergency response While there has been an increase in the use of space applications for sustainable development among countries in the Asia Pacific region this technology continues to be underutilized due to a lack of capacity in terms of human scientific technological and institutional resources By taking advantage of ESCAP s leading role in capacity building for applications of space and geographic information system as well as the role of UNITAR s Operational Satellite Applications Programme UNOSAT as the Centre of Excellence of the United Nations in satellite imagery derived analysis this partnership will increase the capacities of ESCAP member States

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    meet the needs of refugees in South Sudan 30 December 2012 UNHCR is conducting the first biometric registration exercise in South Sudan using digital fingerprinting technology Technology is changing all spheres of life including humanitarian interventions In South Sudan UNHCR is using satellite imagery interactive mapping digital fingerprinting and text messaging to strengthen refugee protection help the most vulnerable and reach out to refugees in urban areas UNHCR is conducting the first biometric registration exercise in South Sudan using digital fingerprinting technology The nearly 200 000 refugees had been registered in standard databases but biometrics will help to identify refugees more quickly so they can receive better assistance In Yida refugee settlement the largest in South Sudan with more than 65 000 refugees biometrics is a critical way for UNHCR to target services to prevent multiple registrations and make planning and delivery more efficient As Yida is very close to the border it is not unusual for refugees to risk their lives by returning home to escort other family members to safety The movements make maintaining accurate population figures for Yida a challenge for UNHCR Precise registration also facilitates individual follow up for the most vulnerable refugees like Housna Ali

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/modern-technology-helps-meet-the-needs-of-refugees-in-south-sudan/?searchterm= (2016-02-17)
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    s electricity bill goes toward lighting cost the US Department of Energy estimates and CFLs and potentially LEDs can help reduce that energy usage To produce the same amount of light as a 60 watt incandescent bulb a CFL uses less than 25 of the electricity and an LED bulb potentially as little as 10 That can lead to real savings The Energy Department estimates that consumers can save 6 per bulb per year by switching out an incandescent for a CFL more than making up for the CFLs greater upfront cost Boosters expect consumers to see similar savings with LED bulbs LEDs have been around for years initially showing up in the displays of the first electronic calculators and then gaining popularity as power or status indicator lights in products ranging from computers to alarm systems In recent years they ve also started to crop up in many other products including stoplights flashlights solar powered walkway lamps and strings of Christmas tree lights The federal government major lighting manufacturers startup lighting companies and industry analysts believe the next big frontier for LEDs will be in replacing standard light bulbs In order to reduce energy consumption the United States the European Union and Australia are all in the process of banning standard incandescent lights which will open up a market for more efficient replacements Although CFLs would appear to be a logical substitute they ve proved a tough sell with consumers despite years of marketing efforts and subsidies to lower their costs Although prices have fallen dramatically in recent years CFLs still cost significantly more than incandescents Many consumers have also been turned off by the quality of light CFLs produce and by the fact that they contain mercury and therefore require special care when they burn out Boosters think that LED bulbs will prove an easier sell They don t include mercury and manufacturers are developing ways to tweak the light from them to better approximate light from standard bulbs While prices for LED bulbs are still high you can expect to spend 40 or more for the equivalent of a 40 watt bulb they re falling rapidly boosters note We know the costs will come down and the technology will improve said Kevin Dowling vice president of innovation at Philips Color Kinetics the division of the lighting and electronics giant that focuses on LED lighting technologies Such lights can cost about four times more than incandescent or halogen ones they last far longer and use far less energy The Energy Department is seeking to spur development of LED replacement bulbs with what it s dubbed the L prize which will award up to 20 million for the development of an LED light bulb that mimics the lighting quality of a 60 watt bulb while using a fraction of the electricity Last month Philips became the first company to enter the contest You can already find LED bulbs that can plug into standard lamps online and at specialty retailers

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/spotlight/new-lighting-technology-to-save-energy/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    save energy Some of the major manufacturers at the Japanese technology fair Ceatec suggest that alternative energy sources like wind and solar power could become commonplace as wind turbines and solar panels become cheaper But short of pulling the plug and switching off our creature comforts reducing the amount of energy we use seems to be the goal of the big players Pretty much all of the consumer kit is making claims to be more energy efficient but manufacturers are coming up with more ingenious solutions One particular TV set is fitted with a small camera and equipped with facial recognition software It is looking for a viewer s full face looking at the screen If the viewer looks away from the screen for a couple of seconds the image slowly fades out but the audio continues to play If they turn back to the screen the image immediately returns TV sets require an awful lot more electricity to create pictures than they do sound so when turned away from the screen energy is being saved This TV and face recognition software are the brainchild of engineers at Hitachi and so far it remains at prototype stage but has been trumped by Sony which already has similar technology fitted to a production TV You might think that features like this are no more than a gimmick but it does help highlight the more serious green credentials of televisions Full brightness New LCD screens are benefiting from a more efficient back lighting which uses half of the electricity of rival LCD TVs In the quest for more energy efficiency in the home even the humble light bulb has come to the attention of eco tinkering engineers The current crop of energy efficient bulbs has disappointed because they take an awfully long

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/spotlight/green-digital-homes/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    do with radio what Apple has done with the mobile phone with users able to download information and functions We need Pure to go beyond audio and into areas like power metering traffic information and security The prospect of the Sensia taking on the iPhone in the applications market may seem far fetched but Imagination Technologies the maker of a mobile graphics and microprocessor chip technology is confident that it can pioneer the use of radio as a connectivity hub in the home Hossein Yassaie chief executive of Imagination which owns Pure said Pure s job is to run in front of the bullet train Radios can act as a base station for everything else in the home We need Pure to go beyond audio and into areas like power metering traffic information and security He said that the company was in talks with Spotify the digital music service about offering music streaming services However despite Imagination s dominance in graphics processors for devices such as the iPhone the Sensia will not offer video content Yassaie launched Pure a few years ago after becoming frustrated with consumer electronic device makers that did not see the potential of digital radio He said We could make radios we could sell for 99 The nearest to that in price was 900 We tried to get it into Sony and Roberts but they all had a nice cushy business and said Let s stick with what we have and milk it Yassaie said that everything Pure developed was available to its rivals in the consumer electronics market because digital radio had proved to be the salvation for its chip business Pure has about a 30 market share in digital radios but Imagination controls between 80 and 90 of the market for the chips that

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/spotlight/the-beginning-of-an-audio-revolution/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    months we expect to deliver around 22 efficiencies he explained Consumers can currently use portable panels only for charging up small devices such as phones or music players Powertraveller plans to launch a portable four panel folding array that can run a laptop and charge the battery at the same time Planned for spring 2010 it will be the first commercial device to offer AC or DC outputs Consumers are also increasingly exploiting the sun s energy in the home Panel power There has been a steady growth in small scale electricity production at home in recent years In 2008 there was a considerable jump the number of people looking to generate their own electricity doubled in just 12 months BBC Solar roofing tiles are a new way to exploit solar energy in the home Traditionally homes have harnessed power from the sun through conventional solar panels but an American company has developed what it hopes is the next generation of panel power SRS Energy has created sole power tiles which are coated with thin film flexible photovoltaic cells The roof tiles are a dark blue colour to maximise the absorption of sunlight and will be available from spring 2010 The tiles are an example of how technology in the form of new polymers and coatings has the potential to increase the amount of energy that can be adapted from the sun For years most solar cells struggled to harness just one sixth of the sun s energy But newer materials are helping solar panels become more efficient according to Professor Tony Day director of the Centre for Efficient and Renewable Energy in Building London South Bank University Laboratory tests are showing we can get to module efficiencies of about 22 23 with traditional materials he said The next generation of materials it looks in the laboratory to be moving towards 30 and in some specialist applications even 40 he added Light tunnels The British Columbia Institute of Technology decided to dispense with expensive solar panels and test out a new system in one of its buildings The Canadian university installed sun canopies in the roof to direct light through tunnels in the ceilings above every floor Each tunnel has a highly reflective coating to bounce the light round the building When a cloud goes over the fluorescent lights kick in to maintain brightness until the sun returns Allen Upward a research engineer at the University of British Columbia UBC said the system is seven times more effective than traditional solar methods As a system for lighting a building it s far more effective than using solar panels to generate electricity and then turning that electricity back into light he explained The sun s potential remains under exploited the Earth gets 5 000 times more energy from the sun than we use in electricity Solar farms have been popping up all over the world in an attempt to harness the green power on a mass scale One solar farm in

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/spotlight/next-generation-solar-power/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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