Activating the most powerful sensor network on our planet: us
You are on the frontier of tomorrow, sensing the world as it unfolds around you. You are also connected, through your phone, to a network of everyone else and the environment they are experiencing. OASIS will empower citizens to sense more about their health and environment producing data that can be shared on a living map of the things that matter to us all.
Crowd-sourcing a clean water map.
Mongolia is home to the last horse-based nomadic culture in the world, where almost half of the population lives a traditional nomadic lifestyle. The vast stretch of prairies, pristine rivers, and lakes that are the key to nomadic existence also hold immense precious metal deposits. The country has a booming mining sector that is aggressively exploring these resources. The rampant explosion of outdated mining practices has caused river and groundwater systems to be polluted with invisible, but toxic, heavy metals and mining waste. The OASIS-Mongolia project aims to solve this problem by empowering nomadic communities by providing a low cost, community-based testing system for lead, mercury, cyanide, uranium, and arsenic in drinking water. Using existing cellphone networks, nomads can send and receive results on their cellphones and this data can be used to build crowd-sourced maps of water quality.
Monitoring the eradication of cholera.
It has been over 3 years since a catastrophic earthquake struck Haiti on 12 January 2010. The 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck less than 20 miles from Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince, killing 300,000 people and leaving the surrounding area in ruin. In the aftermath of the earthquake, cholera broke out. Because of the lack of clean water, cholera has spread like wildfire. Since then it has killed over 7,000 Haitians and over half a million have fallen ill to disease. Tracking the disease closely is the key to controlling its spread and enabling rapid response to outbreaks. OASIS-Haiti will utilize KEEP to help epidemiologists track and visualize cholera cases so that public health organizations can coordinate effectively and detect outbreaks before they become severe.
Analyzing clinical patient data.
Mozambique is one of the poorest nations in the world. With a total healthcare budget of only $48 USD per person per year, the vast majority of the population does not receive the proper medical care with many receiving no care at all. Our current work in Mozambique involves the use of Keep as a data collection tool to monitor clinical studies. Keep provides a simple to use interface for the doctors and researchers on the ground to collect and analyze whatever data they require. Back at UCSD, Distributed Health Labs is conducting experiments that we hope will lead to much lower cost diagnostic testing so that the little health spending available in Mozambique can be more efficiently allocated.