How might we gather information from hard-to-access areas to prevent mass violence against civilians?
In Design Thinking class, Nye Zhien and I came up with an idea of Satellite Kit for this OpenIDEO challenge.
A title: Visualizing Data with Satellite Kit
We want to spread small signaling devices to hard to reach areas. Based on the existing portable TV kit in Tibet, China, a solar power based portable TV will be our device to receive local Satellite signal. Microscopic information will be transferred to NGOs that can receive local content knowledge. Then this data will be translated to the Global press, social media and international NGOs as macroscopic view. Globally, the information/data can be processed and will be able to view danger patterns around the world. This data visualization can be given back to local NGOs and to the locals in remote areas as a full loop. Mass violence will be then exposed to the public almost real-time.
An alert button can be added on it to send out alert signals. People can also visualize alerts that are happening microscopic and macroscopic scale via this Satellite TV. What’s more, the solar power in the kit can be used as an emergency power supply in places where electronic access is hard to reach.
With open access to images, everyone, NGOs, governmental agencies and citizens, may analyze data and mix with other sources to verify them.
The medium (it can of course includes multiple media):
Our Satellite Kit is a portable solar energy device. It receives Satellite signal that can be even used in the amazon forest.
Low cost satellite platforms are available by many commercial companies in Europe or elsewhere. Even major universities have launched mini satellites in recent years. We use satellite monitoring to improve safety on the ground. Satellite monitoring also improves the quality of the instantly information with its images.