The collaboration aims to provide easy access to impactful mobile technology solution, launch a ‘Human Care app’ to reduce the pressure on frontline healthcare workers
Here Technologies announced today its collaboration with UNL, a global smart addressing platform, to enhance the ongoing fight against COVID-19 and future pandemics through location-based technology and services. This is a part of the company’s initiative under the Human Unlimited #tech4good foundation. The joint initiative is part of a shared vision to amplify the use of technology to bring tangible and lasting benefits on a greater number of people.
Under the Human Unlimited foundation programme, Here and UNL will provide the ‘Human Care app and platform’ that is an end-to-end solution for, during and post COVID-19, as well as future pandemics. Human Care provides an infrastructure for a technology-driven shift to a new normal, the company said. It added that it does so by accelerating the information flow and collaboration between people, governments, NGOs, and businesses to co-create safer public environments powered by location and data.
The Human Care App developed by UNL enables users to self-monitor, communicate their symptoms with local governments and businesses to bring transparency to new and developing cases based on geolocation. UNL said that in the future releases the solution will provide a universal address to places, enabling access for users via the app, to navigate and find important hubs like hospitals, pop-up clinics and relief centres.
Lockdowns easing in many countries requires government and businesses alike to find sustainable, seamless, and human-led approach to resuming life and work outside the home, while tackling corona virus risks. In addition to the Human Care App, the solution provides an analytics dashboard developed by Here for governments, policy makers and businesses. The dashboard can identify high risk areas and layer supplementary special datasets to facilitate decision-making.
Xander van der Heijden, CEO, UNL, said the company is building a global digital infrastructure to power the future of human care and the transition towards the new normal while keeping the virus spread under control. With Human Care technology can be leveraged to enable humans to be prepared for current and future pandemics or disasters, he added. Heijden noted that the initiative begins by giving unique and verified addresses to 4 billion people without an address, enabling them to get access to essential services.
Location insights make all the difference to access critical care, quality of service delivered and possibility of achieving constructive outcomes, to coordinate any wide-scale, technology-led effort during a disaster, noted Stanimira Koleva, Senior Vice-President and General Manager and SVP for Asia Pacific, HERE Technologies. She said Here’s collaboration with UNL is in alignment with this philosophy and the company is determined to leverage location intelligence in the fight against this pandemic and other future outbreaks or disasters.