AIDF is a leading global event for NGOs, governments, intergovernmental organizations, aid agencies and the UN to meet in order to share best practices, debate key issues in the aid and international development sector, exhibit new technologies and services, and create new partnerships.
AIDF Asia-Pacific was held for the first time from 30-31 January in Bangkok and during these two days visitors were asked to vote on the ‘Best Stand’ and ‘Most Innovative Product’.
emergency.lu was awarded winner of the 'Most Innovative Product'
Extracts of the article posted on www.aidforumonline.org:
"SES Group Ltd won the Most Innovative Product award for emergency.lu which is a public-private partnership set up by the Luxembourg government to improve the preparedness and rapid response capacity of the humanitarian community. ...
... Winner, Alan Kuresevic, Vice President – Engineering of SES TechCom said “We are happy that we have showed that the combination of innovative products like satellites from SES, IT services from HITEC and ground inflatable antennas from GATR, creates an advanced and innovative service: emergency.lu, that provides even more value to the humanitarian community."
Emergency.lu participating at the panel ‘Moving Forward with Technology: Another Tool in the Toolbox?’
Information technology (IT) and telecommunications – vital to humanitarian emergency response – are characterised by their increasingly rapid pace of change. Is the IT emergency response community able to evolve and adapt as quickly as the sector in which it operates? At AIDF 2012, a panel of experts agreed seven key lessons for the IT emergency community in to advance and save more lives: spanning IT innovation, new technologies, resource-sharing, social media and user-education. In this session these topics will be addressed once again. Panellists will engage in open and candid about discussion what advancements have been made, as well as what still needs to be improved on within this essential sector of humanitarian response.
Brice Tavernier, a volunteer of the Luxembourg Civil protection, reports in two enthusiastic articles about his respective missions to South Sudan and Venezuela in 2012. The articles have been published in the 2012 Annual Activity Report of the Fire & Rescue Services of Hesperange. Brice witnessed how emergency.lu in an absolute minimum of time (4 hours in South Sudan) can establish internet connectivity and enable humanitarian workers in the field to communicate again with their colleagues, headquarters but also their families.