Cellphone tracking helps aid distribution in disasters

“Populations on the run during disasters can be tracked by cellphone signals, which could help guide life-saving aid to the right places, a new study has concluded,” according to a story in the New York Times today that reports on a study published in PLoS Medicine last week.  The researchers developed the idea after the easrthquake in Haiti, then tested it during the cholera epidemic later that year.

Read the full story from the Times here; read the report in PLoS Medicine here.  Read a related story, “Can Mobile Phone Data Improve Emergency Response to Natural Disasters?” here.

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