. https://www.ibm.com/blogs/cloud-computing/2019/02/25/open-source-solutions-natural-disasters/
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In the last 20 years, more than 2.5 billion people have been affected by natural disasters. In only the past few years, Puerto Rico suffered a massive hurricane, wildfires in California destroyed thousands of homes and an earthquake devastated parts of Mexico City.To help pilot technology that addresses these issues, IBM sponsored Call for Code, a massive, open source challenge that brings together the developer community to solve some of the world’s toughest problems. More than 100,000 developers have contributed, and the results have been astounding. A key theme that emerged in 2018 submissions is connecting people to much-needed aid immediately following natural disasters. After the 2017 earthquake in Mexico City, Suba Udayasankar was determined to help protect her community.She teamed up with a group of engineers from around the world to create Project Lantern, a combined hardware and software solution that helps people stay connected when normal connections are down.The solution works by distributing a series of 3D-printed devices called lanterns across the city. The lanterns sync to the cloud when an internet connection is available and store data locally when it is not. All of the lanterns then connect with each other to create a local, offline mesh network. This enables connectivity and communication during disaster scenarios. PAM SAHOTA READ MORE