Updated Apr 23, 2020

The REACHI system

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Pernille Skjødt

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REACHI is a unique communication and information management system, specifically designed for rapid need assessment and relief coordination in the aftermath of a disaster – even when the existing communications infrastructure has been ravaged.

The REACHI system consists of dedicated response devices from which an existing capacity of local volunteers can report on the situation before, during and after a disaster. The information structure is adjusted to each specific area and can easily be changed by a simple software update. The REACHI devices are designed for disaster and have power for at least 1 month in one charge and can sur...
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The REACHI system consists of dedicated response devices from which an existing capacity of local volunteers can report on the situation before, during and after a disaster. The information structure is adjusted to each specific area and can easily be changed by a simple software update. The REACHI devices are designed for disaster and have power for at least 1 month in one charge and can survive immersion as well as shock – unlike most smart phones. The REACHI devices create a mesh network, where data is sent from device to device within radio range. This ensures data can travel long distances through the network by using the other devices as routers. The REACHI gateway then collects the data from the devices and transmits it to the REACHI dashboard - both through the cloud and directly (offline) to the local Operation Center, ensuring both on-site and off-site relief coordinators can access the data. The REACHI dashboard is optimized for decision-making. The data from the REACHI devices is automatically presented in a digital overview in the dashboard, eliminating all issues with manual data handling. Covid-19: During times of community quarantine, the REACHI devices enable efficient data collection from every community providing daily updates with PUI and PUM numbers. The reports are automatically aggregated and presented in a visual overview in the REACHI dashboard, which eases information sharing for inter-agency and department coordination.
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Stage 3: Proof of Concept

The REACHI system is ready for implementation: It has been tested and proven in the Philippines with the Red Cross as test partner. It has resulted in over 10 tests in the Philippines involving over 700 local first responders.
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Focus Areas:

Data Collection/Needs Assessments, Communication with Communities and Response Technologies

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$2,200,000
Funds Raised to Date

Problem

When a natural disaster strikes, the existing communications infrastructure or procedures are often affected. This makes relief coordination extremely challenging, as decisions have to be made in a situation of chaos. Furthermore, every affected community might not be reachable, resulting in lack of data and no full overview of the situation to make informed prioritization, leading to lives lost and waste of valuable resources.

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Solution

The REACHI system consists of dedicated mesh devices specifically designed for local volunteers for rapid need assessment both before, during and after a disaster. The system brings improved coverage of detailed needs assessment, presented in an overview that enables relief coordinators to base decisions on timely and verified primary data immediately after disasters. The system supports 2-way communication, ensuring the affected communities become an active part in their own recovery.

Target Beneficiaries

The users of the REACHI devices are the local volunteers living in the affected areas. They report about the status in their local community and simultaneously disseminate the received information to the community. The users of the REACHI dashboard are the relief coordinators at Operations Centers. The automatic and digitalized overview in the REACHI dashboard ensures that data can be shared immediately and simultaneously between all stakeholders from local, national and international levels.

Mission and Vision

By having validated information on the extent of damages and needs of the affected populations, planning and prioritization of a disaster relief operation can be improved for a more effective response thereby ultimately helping save lives. Furthermore, it will help bring the voices of the people affected by disasters, by ensuring the affected communities are promoted to the centre of humanitarian action as engaged participants and not merely as recipients of aid.

Competitive Advantage

The REACHI system is a complementary system that fills a gap in the existing communication landscape. As the REACHI system consists of dedicated devices specially designed for the disaster context, it has a huge advantage in the first hours and days after the disaster, as many other communication devices might have been damaged in the disaster or rely on daily power charging. Satellite and smart phone solutions are viewed as complementing, enabling complex data transfers. • Smartphone mesh apps: Perfect for concerts but limited in range and battery life time. • Satellite technology: Resilient to existing infrastructure but expensive and not accessible to all. Additionally, the REACHI system will complement secondary data initiatives with equally fast and precise primary data, ensuring the full picture within hours.

Planned Goals and Milestones

• Implementation in the Philippines. • Next market research and tests.
New Implemented CountriesPhilippines
New FeatureOffline-first strategy implemented

The Team Behind the Innovation

At LinkAiders, we are driven by a simple aim: to optimize disaster communication. The LinkAiders team consists of HW, SW, business, sales and UX specialists. LinkAiders operates through strategic partnerships, who all contributes to the REACHI system: • Neocortec (DK): Mesh protocol • GPV (TH): Production value chain • Attensys (GE): Gateways • Aalborg University (DK): System simulation • Danish Red Cross: Impact metrics Together, our expertise covers Business, Technology and Social innovation.

EXECUTIVE TEAM INCLUDES WOMEN

Milestone

Mar 2019
Recognition ReceivedPENDING

Supporting Materials

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