Even Without Internet Connection Ushahidi’s New Apps Will Work


Ushahidi, a Nairobi based technology company has announced the launch of an Android and iOS app to enable anyone gather reports from anywhere, anytime.

Launched in 2008, Ushahidi empowers people to raise their voices and equips organizations with the tools they need to better listen to and respond to their audiences.

Its crowdsourcing data platform enables organizations to better collect, manage, visualize, and respond to data across various communication channels, including SMS, web form, mobile app, email, and Twitter.

The new apps help extend the company’s offering. Both apps support offline data collection – including videos and photos -, meaning without an Internet connection people can still complete surveys from their smartphone irregardless of their location.

The apps save data that contributors collect with it, including detailed GPS location data, and sends the report to the appropriate Ushahidi deployment [1] once it can be reached.

Both apps allow users to manage multiple Ushahidi deployments in one place, and a simple search-by-name tool makes it easy to add them. Once added to the apps, a deployment’s survey data is available to explore in both map and timeline views.

“The mobile app is easy to use and is a long-awaited addition to the solution. We would definitely use it for our crowdmaps on safety in public spaces,” said ElsaMarie D’Silva, CEO of India’s Safecity, which uses Ushahidi to crowdsource personal stories of sexual harassment and abuse in public spaces.

She added, “We look forward to further developments from Ushahidi to help organisations like ours to use technology for good in a very economical manner.”

The apps can be downloaded here (Android) and here (iOS). The over 5,000 deployments currently on Ushahidi can be added to the apps. An upcoming release this spring will extend support to deployments that are installed on third-party servers.

[1] Ushahidi deployments are a suite of tools that allow people to collect, organize and visualize data in a single place. They help you build custom surveys, import data from third-party services (like SMS and Twitter), and then share it publicly in a map or timeline. Anyone can create an Ushahidi deployment at ushahidi.com.

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